Mayan Lands 8 days
Day 1| Guatemala Airport – La Antigua
Arrival to Guatemala City Airport. Transfer to La Antigua Guatemala, the old colonial capital of the country that was declared World Heritage Site. Lodging at Hotel Camino Real Antigua.
Day 2| La Antigua – Coffee farm – Macadamia farm – Antigua
Breakfast. Departure to La Antigua, the old colonial capital of the country. In the small indigenous town of Jocotenango, part of the Sacatepéquez Department, we will visit the coffee plantations of Filadelfia farm. After observing the process of seeding, cutting, washing and drying of coffee until getting the final product, you will have the opportunity to taste the local coffee. In the afternoon you will visit a Macadamia nut plantation in Ciudad Vieja. Return to La Antigua. Lodging at Hotel Camino Real Antigua.
Day 3| La Antigua – Tecpán
Breakfast. Departure to Tecpán, located in the Highlands of Guatemala, to visit Finca Las Caleras, Chichavac. We will combine a rural and agricultural visit and will be guests at the old main house of the farm. We will walk by the forest of the farm to observe a native conifer of the country (Abies Guatemalansis), and the ways used to preserve this endemic species. Lodging at Finca Las Caleras Chichavac.
Day 4| Tecpán – Los Tarrales reserve – Patrocinio reserve
Breakfast. Departure to Los Tarrales Reserve, located in Patulul the perfect habitat for tropical flora and birds of the region, where we can observe ornamental and coffee plantations. We will continue to Patrocinio Reserve that is home to tropical agriculture (papaya, bananas, cocoa, coffee, macadamia nut, rambutan and mangosteen, depending on dates of visit). Lodging at Patrocinio farm.
Day 5| Patrocinio reserve – Sugar mill Tululá – Retalhuleu
Breakfast. We will visit the sugar mill Tululá, located in the lowlands of Guatemala (Retalhuleu), well known by their extensive plantings of sugar cane. In Tululá we find the plant of the largest distillery of alcohol and rum of Guatemala. After the visit we will continue to Retalhuleu. Lodging at Takalik Maya Lodge.
Day 6| Retalhuleu – Almolonga – Zunil – Atitlán Lake
Breakfast. Departure to the Highlands to observe the primitive processes that the indigenous do in Almolonga to seed their vegetables and ways of commercializing them at the Zunil market. You will have the opportunity to visit the famous Churches of these regions. We will continue our trip to Lake Atitlán, that the famous expeditionary Aldous Huxley said it is one of the most beautiful Lakes in the World. Lake Atitlán is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes and twelve indigenous villages. Lodging at Hotel Atitlán.
Day 7| Atitlán – Chichicastenango – Guatemala City
Breakfast. In the morning: transfer to Chichicastenango to visit one of the most famous and colorful markets of all Latin America. In the afternoon, we will continue to Guatemala City. Lodging at Hotel Barceló.
Day 8| Guatemala City – Guatemala Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport. End of our services.
Agriculture is one of the main economic activities of Guatemala and a very important source to generate foreign currency. Furthermore, the agriculture products of Guatemala are well known around the world. Guatemala has one of the best coffees in the world due to its volcanic origin and soil, the best rum in the world (derived from sugar cane), exotic plants and vegetables for export. Guatemala has the soil that the Mayas seeded more than 2,500 years ago with corn and cocoa. Focused on Mayan agriculture, in 8 days you can take advantage to see the best of Guatemalan lands, enjoying its millenary culture.
Service: Private. Minimum: 2 Pax.
Languages: Spanish – English – Italian