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On your family vacation adventure in the enchanting little Central American slice of heaven that is Guatemala, your family will visit the largest and most astonishing of all Mayan ruins at Tikal, as well as the ruins of Iximche, before heading to Lake Atitlan.
Explore the region around Atitlan, often referred to as “the most beautiful lake in the world." Kayak around its crystal-blue waters, with towering volcanoes dominating the horizon all around you. Zip line in the jungle in Atitlan Nature Reserve, packed with astounding wildlife like monkeys, coatis, and exotic birds (including Guatemala's national bird, the quetzal). Practice your bartering skills with the vibrantly dressed indigenous Mayan locals at the lively Chichicastenango Market, and participate in a private workshop with a professional naïf painter.
Continue on to the charming colonial city of Antigua Guatemala. Take a guided walking tour of Antigua’s quaint cobblestone streets and old churches, and learn Spanish at one of the city’s famous language schools.
Hike to the top of the very active Pacaya Volcano to see the spectacular views it offers, learn how to make chocolate the Mayan way with local cacao beans, and take a fairly traded coffee tour with the great charity organization As Green as it Gets (AGAIG).
This family vacations provides endless thrills and priceless cultural experiences that we know will make you fall in love with Guatemala!
Child Discount: $200 for children under 12
Triple discount for children under 12 sharing with two adults: $200
Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices
Price includes: All conservation, park and entrance fees; accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Prices are based on the number of people in your party.
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Upon arrival into Guatemala City’s Aurora International Airport, your family will be met by your local guide (who will accompany you throughout the trip) and transferred to your hotel. Rest and relax after your long journey.
Within Tikal National Park you’ll find a humbling site: the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. This magnificent historical and cultural jewel is a powerful remnant of a once-glorious civilization, with over 3,000 individual structures, temples and courtyard groups covering 16 square kilometers. In addition to the sprawling Mayan city it’s famous for, Tikal National Park also contains dense rain forest and a vast array of tropical wildlife. There are 54 species of mammals in the park, including spider monkeys and pizotes, as well as 333 species of birds, like the endemic ocellated turkey and plenty of vibrantly colored exotic birds.
- Tikal Mayan ruins tour
- Picnic lunch in Tikal National Park
Atitlan is a lake formed by volcanic activity and the deepest lake in Central America. It’s bordered by three volcanoes and the area around it is lined with Maya villages. This region has been a center of indigenous culture for thousands of years and people wearing traditional Mayan dress can still be seen living in much the same way they always have. The lake has been aptly referred to as "the most beautiful lake in the world."
- Visit the Mayan ruins of Iximche
- Transfer to the Lake Atitlan region
- Watch the sun set over Lake Atitlan
- Lake Atitlan kayaking
- San Juan la Laguna and naïf painting workshop
- Zip line at Atitlan Nature Reserve
- Chichicastenango Market
- Transfer to Antigua
- Antigua walking tour
- Spanish lesson option
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
- AGAIG Fairly Traded Coffee Tour
- Pacaya Volcano hike
- Chocolate making workshop
- Farewell dinner
The Biltmore Express enjoys a convenient location near the airport, in the lively Zona 10 area of Guatemala City. The rooms are simple and spacious, and it’s easy to explore the city’s restaurants and bars from here.
The Jungle Lodge Hotel is located in the heart of Tikal National Park, amid Peten’s lush tropical forest. The lodge is just a 10-minute walk from the awe-inspiring ceremonial center of the site of Tikal, and the property boasts rooms and bungalows with comfortable beds and private bathrooms, as well as gardens bursting with flora and fauna – coati, parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, ocellated turkeys and more inhabit these on-site gardens.
Posada de Don Rodrigo sits in the heart of Panajachel, at the end of the town’s main street. It’s set amongst plenty of shops and restaurants and only a block from Lake Atitlan. The hotel is full of colonial antiques and has some lovely gardens, a restaurant and a pool. The rooms are big and decorated with all sorts of pleasant touches, like authentic baroque carvings, carved furniture and fireplaces.
Casa Santo Domingo is a gorgeous hotel located within the ruins of a 17th century monastery in downtown Antigua. The property has lush gardens and a pool, a bar and many restaurant areas. The 125 rooms are all equipped with cable TV and a safety box. The hotel grounds also host a traditional candle factory and a small colonial museum.
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