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Guatemala - Mayan Magic - Walking Holiday

Region: Rest of World // Dates: 20 November–03 December 2018 (13 nights)
Guatemala - Mayan Magic Walking Holiday

Guatemala is distinguished by its volcanoes, vast rainforests and ancient Mayan culture and sites. Whilst the rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands, where traditions and religious rituals formed a rich and distinctive indigenous identity. Our journey starts in Antigua, west of the capital, where we explore the cobblestone streets and preserved Spanish colonial buildings. We enjoy walks in Parque Ecologico Alux near San Lucas Sacatepequez forest and Los Cucuruchos Reserve. Lake Atitlan is a deep-blue crater lake, surrounded by three picture perfect volcanoes and colourful Maya villages. Situated in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range, we enjoy short walks, traditional villages and the Maya ruins at Iximche. Time in Guatemala City, allows visits to museums and city sights before a domestic flight takes us north to Flores on Lake Peten Itza. Over the next four days, we explore the expanse of the Maya Biosphere Reserve with its extraordinary biodiversity and archaeological importance. Visits include the largest Mayan archaeological site in existence at Tikal, along with the ruins at Tayasal, Topoxte and Yaxha. Knowledgeable local guides will share many insights into the Mayan way of life and provide a feel for the mysteries of this ancient culture. Genuine hospitality combined with an outstanding cultural legacy and astonishing natural beauty makes Guatemala a compelling place for inquisitive travellers to visit.

Overview

Guatemala is distinguished by its volcanoes, vast rainforests and ancient Mayan culture and sites. Whilst the rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands, where traditions and religious rituals formed a rich and distinctive indigenous identity. Our journey starts in Antigua, west of the capital, where we explore the cobblestone streets and preserved Spanish colonial buildings. We enjoy walks in Parque Ecologico Alux near San Lucas Sacatepequez forest and Los Cucuruchos Reserve. Lake Atitlan is a deep-blue crater lake, surrounded by three picture perfect volcanoes and colourful Maya villages. Situated in the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range, we enjoy short walks, traditional villages and the Maya ruins at Iximche. Time in Guatemala City, allows visits to museums and city sights before a domestic flight takes us north to Flores on Lake Peten Itza. Over the next four days, we explore the expanse of the Maya Biosphere Reserve with its extraordinary biodiversity and archaeological importance. Visits include the largest Mayan archaeological site in existence at Tikal, along with the ruins at Tayasal, Topoxte and Yaxha. Knowledgeable local guides will share many insights into the Mayan way of life and provide a feel for the mysteries of this ancient culture. Genuine hospitality combined with an outstanding cultural legacy and astonishing natural beauty makes Guatemala a compelling place for inquisitive travellers to visit.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Explore the colonial town of Antiqua
  • Walk the eco trails in San Lucas Sacatepequez forest & Cerro Los Cucuruchos Reserve
  • Travel by boat to shoreline villages on Lake Atitlan
  • Visit the Mayan ruins of Iximche & the mystical city of Chichicastenango
  • From Lake Peten Itza, explore the cultural and natural heritage of Maya Biosphere Reserve
  • View temples towering above the rainforest canopy at Tikal, Topoxte & Yaxha archaeological sites
  • Learn about the flora & fauna of this World Heritage listed region
  • Experience local culture & traditional Maya villages, colourful markets & museums

Details

Details:

20 November–03 December 2018 (13 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Guatemala City)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,950 until 23/02/2018
Early Bird: A$7,150 until 23/07/2018
Regular: A$7,450
Single Supplement: A$950
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 7 guests

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Culture

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 3–15km per walking day (with some challenging options due to high humidity, rugged & wet terrain). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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  • Phil Cullen

    Phil Cullen is an avid bushwalker, historian, explorer by heart and accomplished photographer. A former ABC broadcaster, IPT marketing manager and tour coordinator, Phil has led IPT tours in Australia and to the Loyalty Islands, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Phil keeps himself busy bushwalking (including voluntary work with Wild Care and Parks Tasmania at Cradle Mountain), kayaking plus teaching media and communications students.

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