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Guatemala Adventure with Copan Ruins (Honduras)


  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: from $1,999
Itinerary at a glance Guatemala and Honduras Tours Highlights Your Guatemala and Honduras tours include
  • 1 night in Guatemala City
  • 2 nights in Peten
  • 1 night in Rio Dulce
  • 2 nights in Copan
  • 3 nights in Lake Atitlan
  • 1 night in Antigua


  • Lake Yaxha & Topoxte
  • Tikal
  • Copan Ruins (Honduras)
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Exploring Antigua
  • Round trip airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Guatemala flight, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 17 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking tour director throughout


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Day 1
Your exciting journey on these exotic Guatemala and Honduras tours begin today with a direct flight to Guatemala City, the vibrant capital of Guatemala. Upon arrival you’ll be welcomed to the “land of eternal spring” and escorted to your centrally located upscale hotel. Later join your tour director for a briefing and welcome dinner. Barceló Hotel (D)
Day 2
Yaxha & Topoxte Excursion.
Early this morning board a short flight to Flores, in the Petén region, and travel by road into Guatemala’s northern rainforest. Here you’ll explore two significant but less visited Mayan sites. First discover Yaxha, a pre-Columbian city and ceremonial site for the Maya civilization. Excavations to unearth the magnificent ancient structures, including the only twin-pyramid complex found outside of Tikal, started some 10 years ago and are still ongoing. Proceed to the western part of Lake Yaxha and visit Topoxté, an island in the Yaxha Lagoon, where you’ll witness examples and learn how the Maya lived and defended themselves. Later arrive at your hotel. Villa Maya for 2014 departures and Camino Real Tikal for 2015 departures (B,L)
Day 3
Tikal Excursion.
Today travel back more than 2,000 years in time when you visit the ancient city of Tikal. One of the largest archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, Tikal was inhabited from 600 BC. to 869 AD. A local expert will introduce you to some of the jungle-clad ruins of palaces, temples, ball courts, and ceremonial platforms. Marvel at the impressive Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex where the Great Pyramid is located, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks and the Palace of the Nobles. You’ll also visit Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you may enjoy spectacular views of Tikal and the surrounding jungle. Return to your hotel and enjoy some free time to relax (B,L)
Day 4
Rio Dulce.
After breakfast journey to Rio Dulce bridge, and board a scenic cruise of Rio Dulce, the “Sweet River”. While your motorboat navigates the river, savor the beautiful natural surroundings of thick forests and listen to the sounds of the howler monkeys and the aquatic birds. You’ll also see the enchanting Castillo de San Felipe on Lake Izabal, at the entrance to the Rio Dulce.Built in 1604, the castle was a Spanish colonial fort designed to prevent pirates from entering the lake from the Caribbean. Later arrive at your resort hotel located on a small river island and surrounded by exuberant tropical rainforest vegetation. 
Catamaran Hotel (B,D)
Day 5
Quirigua/Copan (Honduras).
Your first stop today is the Mayan city of Quiriguá, located at the crossroads of several ancient trade routes. Marvel at the largest stone columns in the Maya world and ponder the ancient mysteries of this small city as you view the well-preserved portraits and texts on the columns that tell the fascinating story of a ruling dynasty once in competition with nearby Copán. This afternoon travel to the border and cross over to neighboring Honduras where your destination is the town of Copan. Clarion Hotel (B)

Day 6
Copan Ruins Excursion.
Today tour the renowned pre-Columbian ruins of Copan, long protected by the jungle and often referred to as the “Athens of the Maya world”. The amazing complex, which flourished from the 5th to the 9th century AD consists of majestic temples and imposing plazas built on multiple levels. Witness the cultural achievements of the ancient Maya as you view the elaborate stone sculptures with detailed carvings and the well-preserved stone columns called stelae. As you walk into the dramatic expanse of the Great Plaza, you’ll encounter the greatest collection of Maya sculptures in Central America. (B)

Day 7
Guatemala City/Lake Atitlan.
Copan this morning and re-enter Guatemala. Voyage through the breathtaking scenery of Guatemala’s central valley dotted by small Indian villages, lush pine forests and picturesque lakes and ascend the highlands region towards the capital, Guatemala City. Enjoy a guided orientation tour of the city before continuing by road to Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. With its crystalline-azure waters and gorgeous vistas of several area volcanoes, Lake Atitlán is the ideal place to experience Guatemalan folklore. The lake shore is inhabited by a dozen indigenous villages whose inhabitants still preserve their Maya heritage, customs and culture. Arrive at your ideally located lakeside hotel. Porta Hotel del Lago (B,D)

Day 8
Chicicastenango Excursion.
This morning travel to the nearby whitewashed town of Chichicastenango and visit the most picturesque and colorful open-air market in Guatemala. Hundreds of Indians from the surrounding area gather to sell handicrafts, textiles, candles, food, flowers and pottery. Spend some free time browsing the market for unique items and souvenirs. Later, witness the captivating ancient Maya ceremonies held on the steps and inside the 400-year old Church of Santo Tomás, built on a pre-Columbian temple platform. After lunch at a local inn return to your hotel at Lake Atitlan where the balance of the day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 9
Solola Market Excursion.
Today you’ll be treated to a visit that few foreigners experience, to the vibrant and authentic Sololá Market. The colorful market attracts every Friday locals from the surrounding villages, mostly Cakchiquel Indians who proudly retain their heritage. It is one of the few places where both men and women routinely wear their traditional Mayan dress that varies in fabric, color, pattern and the amount of embroidered motives. Women often carry their wares in the traditional Mayan market basket, balancing vegetables from their garden, tortillas, textiles or even a chicken that they hope to sell at market. The common blue plastic pans are scales used to compare the weight of different products. After time to explore at your own pace, return to your hotel at Lake Atitlan and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 10
After breakfast journey by road to nearby Antigua, arriving mid-morning. The most important and enchanting city of colonial Guatemala, Antigua was founded by the Spaniards in 1543 and is one of oldest and most beautiful cities in the Americas. It is sure to mesmerize you with its wide cobblestone streets, pastel-colored buildings and beautiful natural setting. Your guided tour of the city includes a visit the Central Plaza that is surrounded by the 18th century Cathedral, the Municipal Government Building and the Palace of the Captains General. You’ll also see colonial churches and monasteries, primitive foot-looms where colorful textiles are woven and a jade workshop. The balance of the day is at leisure to discover Antigua’s hidden treasures at your own pace. This evening, your tour director hosts you and your fellow travelers for a sumptuous farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. Villa Colonial Hotel for 2014 departures and El Meson de Maria for 2015 departures (B,D)

Day 11
This morning you’ll be escorted to nearby Guatemala City’s airport for your return flight home. Your memorable journey on your Honduras and Guatemala Tours end as you arrive at Miami airport later today. (B)

Trip Preparation


Your departure flights from Miami to Guatemala City and back are on Avianca Airlines. Flights are scheduled to depart and return as follows:





Mar. 12 ’15

AVIANCA Airlines



Nov. 5 ’15, Nov. 19 ’15

AVIANCA Airlines

3:00PM 2:00PM

You are expected to arrive at your departure airport at least 3 1/2 hours before your scheduled departure.Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


TACA & Avianca Airlines do not accept advance seat assignments.  Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment.  It is between you and the airline!


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. American citizens do not require visas.  Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements.


Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.


You should be aware that the visit to the archeological sites on days 2 & 3 involve a considerable amount of walking and hiking, often on uneven terrain.  To participate and fully enjoy the activities on these days you need to be in good physical condition.  Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, we suggest that you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


Daytime high temperatures average in the 70’s in Guatemala and 80’s in Copan.  Overnight temperatures may lower by 10-20 degrees.


You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.  We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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 6 reviews
by Ruth Ravid on smarTours

Our guide was excellent. The trip went great. Nice fellow travelers. We were a small group (n=10) which was great. I can't imagine doing the same trip with 30 people.... it would not have been as nice.

by Rose Neal on smarTours
Guatemala ruins adventure

I enjoyed this trip very much. It was wonderful to see and climb the ruins in Tikal and Copan. This tour provided much background information on the Mayan culture and beautiful scenery throughout especially Lake Atitlan. A great trip.

by Nancy Moran on smarTours
Guatemala y Honduras

Estuardo and Danny made this trip, our first tour, a comfortable and pleasant experience. The hotel were quite good, the information useful, and the fellow travelers easy. Thank you for a grand first-tour experience.

by J straw on smarTours
Guatemala adventure

Our guide Sergio Garcia was excellent. He made this trip fabulous with his knowledge, organization skills and great personality. A very enjoyable tour from beginning to end.

by Gary Wilkins on smarTours
Guatemala Tour

My wife and I took the Smartours Guatemala tour in January 2015. I would recommend it to those with an interest in the pre-Columbian history of the Mayans. Potential participants should take seriously the Smartours comments regarding the hiking and uneven terrain while visiting the Mayan sites. Our tour guide, Estuardo, was great. He was informative, knowledgeable, helpful and dedicated to ensure we were had a great experience. Everyone on the tour said he was one of the best tour guides we had every had. The hotels were good and there was no cause for complaint with them, especially given the locations we sometimes we located to visit the Mayan sites. The food was also quite good. The Mayan sites of Tikal and Copan, as well as the lesser sites were excellent and we had plenty of time at them. Estuardo did an excellent job of showing us locations where ongoing restoration was being worked, this giving us a real appreciation of the difficulty and process of restoring the sites in the middle of a jungle. I must mention that the Rio Dulce portion of the tour is not what is anticipated from the Smartours description. While we did get some time on a boat seeing some wildlife on the Sweet River, most of the time was spent on a high speed motorboat run that would make a drug runner proud. On the other hand, the Catamaran Island Hotel where we stayed that night had the best Sea Bass I have ever eaten. The last few days of the tour are spent going to and then visiting a couple local markets. I felt that we spent one day to long on this, but that opinion was varied amongst the tour participants. Overall, I give the tour high marks.

by Kathy Taul on smarTours
Wonderful adventure

Took this tour in November 2014, it was an awesome adventure! Saw some very interesting historical sites and learned much about the Mayan culture with our wonderful guide Sergio! Would recommend it to anyone, but make sure you're in pretty good shape to climb and hike!

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