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Day 6 – Guatemala City, Guatemala Caravan welcomes you to a breathtaking land of magnificent lakes, towering volcanoes and ancient ruins. With its near perfect climate and Caravan’s spectacular hotels, Guatemala, “the land of eternal spring, ” is an ideal vacation destination. This is a more active itinerary. Caravan provides transfers from Guatemala City airport to your centrally located hotel, the Barcelo, for a two night stay. Rooms are available for check in after 9: 55 p. M. Dinner is served until 9:

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85 p. At your hotel. DDay 7 – Guatemala City After breakfast, join Caravan for an 8: 55 a. Welcome briefing. Then visit an archaeology museum. Learn about Guatemala’s pre-Columbian cultures and extensive archaeological sites. See a priceless collection of Mayan pottery and jewelry. Lunch. Next, a sightseeing drive of the historic center. See the Metropolitan Cathedral dating from 6787 and the French influence on the dramatic National Palace. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy the Barcelo’s large outdoor pool, jacuzzi, spa and scenic grounds. Dinner. BLDDay 8 – Quiriguá, Tikal Area This morning travel east to Guatemala’s Caribbean region. Visit Quiriguá, the impressive and remarkably preserved Mayan archaeological site. See fantastical carved stone animal figures and some of the world’s largest stelae. These massive stone monoliths are inscribed with ancient writings recording Mayan history. Enjoy lunch overlooking the scenic Rio Dulce, sweet river, which flows into the Caribbean Sea. Afternoon arrival in Petenchel. Enjoy a two night stay at your lodge located in a 67 acre nature preserve on the shores of Petenchel Laguna. Your lodge, Villa Maya, has two pools, a jacuzzi and beautiful nature walking trails. BLDDay 9 – Tikal Ruins Today, an unforgettable visit to the ruins of Tikal. Settled in 755 B. C. , Tikal was the grandest of all Mayan cities. Long protected by the jungle in the remote Peten Peninsula, Tikal is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, see towering pyramids rise above the rainforest canopy while the sounds of tropical birds fill the air. Look for spider and howler monkeys. Visit Tikal’s great plaza. See the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Temple II. Visit the Plaza of the Seven Temples and El Mundo Perdido, the Lost World.

Enjoy lunch in Tikal. Late afternoon return to your resort. Enjoy dinner. BLDDay 5 – Tikal Area, Antigua This morning drive through jungle draped hills. Enjoy lunch. Continue to romantic Antigua. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay at the elegant Porta Hotel. Your hotel is two blocks from the main plaza with its fine stores offering jade pieces and exotic native artwork. BLDDay 6 – Antigua Morning exploration of Antigua, Guatemala’s capital for more than two centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the best preserved colonial cities in all of Latin America. On a walking tour visit the Main Plaza, see the Cathedral and Fountain of the Sirens. Visit Las Capuchinas Convent, with its 68 circular living quarters. Then, free time in Antigua. Shop in the artisan markets for elaborately carved dance masks and richly embroidered hand weavings. Stroll cobblestone streets and marvel at Antigua’s colonial churches and historic buildings. Enjoy dinner at the Porta Hotel. BLDDay 7 – Coffee Tour, Lake Atitlán This morning drive into the picturesque and world-famous coffee growing region of Guatemala. Visit a coffee plantation and sample fresh Guatemalan coffee. Learn why many consider Guatemala coffee the best tasting coffee in the world. After lunch, visit a museum highlighting Guatemala’s unique musical instruments, including the Marimba. Then, to Hotel Atitlán for a two night stay overlooking Lake Atitlán, 5,555 feet above sea level. BLDDay 8 – Lake Atitlán, Panajachel Morning visit to the nearby Mayan village of Panajachel where Mayans still wear traditional dress. Visit the colorful artisan market. Return to Hotel Atitlán. The rest of the day is at leisure. Explore your hotel’s beautiful botanical gardens and pools. Enjoy the dramatic scenery. BLDDay 65 – Guatemala City Your tour ends this morning after breakfast at the Barcelo in Guatemala City. Breakfast begins at 6: 55 a. Caravan provides transfers throughout the day to the Guatemala City airport. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.

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¡Hasta la vista! BTo enter Guatemala, you will need a U. S. Passport valid for 6 additional months after the date of your arrival into Guatemala. Non U. Citizens, please check passport and visa requirements. What is included in the tour price? Virtually everything! Hotels, most meals, all of the activities described in the itinerary pages, airport transfers in select cities, gratuities to hotel porters, restaurant staff and local guides. Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation. What is not included in the tour price? General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price. How long will each day be? A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation. How large will my group be? Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 86 to 99 passengers. What vaccinations are required to enter Guatemala? No vaccinations are required to enter Guatemala. Caravan does not have any doctors on staff and cannot give medical advice, so please consult your doctor before deciding whether or not to receive a vaccination. You may also check the Center for Disease Control website at www. Cdc. Gov/travel for Guatemala travel advisories and disease updates. Please note that many Central American pharmacies sell the 555 mg. Vitamin B-6 pill as an anit-mosquito pill, and these pharmacies suggest that people take the pill daily starting two weeks before arrival in the tropical areas. Caravan does not endorse any products, but most Caravan staff take the Avon Expedition repellent to the tropical areas. Caravan staff also avoid eating bananas, because this smell attracts mosquitoes. “The hotels were very good. ”“Enclosed is a copy of my food column for a small newspaper in Montana, close to Kalispell, Montana ( Bigfork, Montana). I thought you might be interested in reading one of my favorite impressions of Guatemala.

We also had an outstanding tour guide. Thanks! ”“Our tour director was truly the heart of Guatemala! He was very knowledgeable, caring, entertaining and accommodating. He truly represents the BEST of his country. We loved him! Keep him, he’s a jewel! ”“We thought it was a great tour. Costa Rica with Caravan Tours was good but this one was better. Are there any thoughts about doing Panama or Honduras in more depth? We would love to see both countries by tour. ”“It was a wonderful tour! I plan to go with Caravan Tours next year. ”“I LOVED the meals at all the hotels. Delicious when the choice was given as well as when we could choose. There was always enough to eat and drink. I especially enjoyed the fruits, vegetables and soups. You have our confidence! We will take another Caravan Tour. We may even go back to Guatemala again just to see our tour guide! We most certainly will tell friends and family about Caravan Tours and pass on the catalogs to interested folks. I am going to try to organize a group of our friends to join us on the Copper Canyon Tour! Happy Trails! See you around! ”“I owned a travel agency for years and conducted tours all over the world. Our tour director was the best, caring and most knowledgeable ever. She was so well organized in every aspect. She kept friends together and made such an effort to pre-order meals, rooms, etc. I would do this very tour again with her! ”“The food was great, but different from my home. It was very interesting having black beans and tamales for breakfast. The tour and the people more than met our expectations.

As for my wife, she says it was the best vacation of her life. ”“This was the best vacation that I have had anywhere. Would love to return to this beautiful country. Lovely memories. ”“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! Everything was delightful, and was planned so very well down to the very last detail. Everything was superb! ! We would travel with Caravan Tours again. We did Costa Rica, the Canadian Rockies and Guatemala. I would recommend Caravan to anyone who is interested in tours. You guys do an excellent job. ”“This is an outstanding tour far beyond my expectations. Keep up the fantastic work! ”“The tour was a very good value for the money with no hidden charges and great shopping! I look forward to another Caravan tour in the future. ”“I am glad I discovered Caravan Tours. It was an unforgettable vacation. ”“The meals were fabulous! It was truly impressive how each location was very careful to address the gastric “concerns” (i. E. Bacteria) of the area for the average tourist while also demonstrating great local flavor. I found the food to be quite wonderful! This was my first tour with Caravan and I will most certainly take this tour again! When I returned home, I was so excited and impressed by them I recommended it to my friends. My dear friend with whom I work has already booked the Caravan Costa Rica tour just from hearing about the Guatemala tour. ”“I have traveled for years and felt like a traitor when I booked Caravan. I don’t anymore. I had such a wonderful time. I have booked Mexico Ancient Civilizations for next year. I talked to others on tour that booked with Caravan before and loved it. ”“I appreciate the flexible dinnertime during the tour.

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