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Tikal Day Trip by Air from Antigua with Lunch

Experience one of the ancient world’s most incredible archaeological sites at Tikal, a celebrated Mayan city deep in the Guatemalan jungle, on this convenient 10-hour trip by air from Antigua. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Guatemalan jungle on your flight to this UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mayan site, spending the day exploring this incredible city’s steep temples and beautiful plazas with the help of your guide. Your day trip from Antigua to Tikal also includes round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel, lunch, and all entrance fees.
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  • 16 hours
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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Guatemala City

Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at a thermal bath resort. Scale the 8,300-foot (2,500-meter) heights of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. At the top you’ll be able to peer down into the boiling lava of the crater and feel the earth’s rumble. Descend back down from the summit to enjoy an included lunch and soak in the thermal waters of Kawilal Hot Springs, featuring 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths, and three hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide, and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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Tikal Tour From Antigua

No trip to Guatemala is complete without a visit to Tikal. Visit the Mayan Ruins with ease on a full-day tour from Antigua. All-inclusive land and air transportation makes it possible for you to experience the UNESCO listed ruins in a single day without feeling rushed. After a guided tour of the complex, enjoy lunch and free time to explore on your own.
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  • 1 day

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Pacaya Volcano Tour and Hot Springs with Lunch from Antigua

Enjoy the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation on this 9-hour day trip, ascending Pacaya Volcano and then soaking your muscles at Kawilal Hot Springs. Scale the 8,300-foot (2,500-meter) heights of Pacaya, one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. At the top you’ll be able to peer down into the boiling lava of the crater and feel the earth’s rumble. Descend back down from the summit to enjoy an included lunch and soak in the thermal waters of Kawilal Hot Springs, including 12 soaking pools, 25 steam baths and 3 hydrotherapy baths. Your Pacaya day trip also includes entrance fees, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Take a tour from Guatemala City that showcases the mix of Spanish and Mayan traditions that have influenced this incredible nation. Journey into the Iximche ruins—one of Guatemala’s most famous archeological sites—and then make your way to the iconic Spanish colonial town of Antigua. Follow your expert guide to all of the local sites, including churches, plazas and shops—before making your way back to Guatemala City after this exciting day trip.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Antigua ATV Coffee Tour

Enjoy caffeine and adrenaline in one tour on this excursion from Antigua. The eclectic tour is sure to please a variety of travelers. Climb on board your personal ATV and head to a local plantation, where you discover the coffee making process from seed to mug. After a hot cup of the local beverage, ride up to Cerro de la Cruz, which offers a spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains.
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  • 3 hours
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Lake Atitlan and Villages from Antigua

Discover the rich culture of the indigenous towns surrounding Lake Atitlan on a full-day trip from Antigua. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, take a tranquil boat ride to three distinctive villages located on the shores of Guatemala’s largest lake. Gaze at the mighty stature of the San Pedro volcano from the town of San Pedro la Laguna; observe the traditional craft of mat weaving in San Juan la Laguna; and absorb the lively atmosphere of Lake Atitlan’s largest town, Santiago Atitlan, during a guided tour. This tour includes round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 14 hours
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Copán Day Trip from Guatemala City

This Copan day trip from Guatemala City takes travelers back in time on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of the Mayan Empire. Your full-day journey from the nation’s capital city includes comfortable coach transportation to Honduras and a guided tour of the ruins. Gain a deeper understanding of the Tax Kuk Mo dynasty as you explore the temples and monuments and take a closer look at the hieroglyphics that decorate the site.
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  • 14 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Lake Atitlan Boat Tour and Santiago Village from Antigua

Combine a sightseeing trip to stunning Lake Atitlan with a visit to the lake’s idyllic indigenous villages on this 10-hour private tour from Antigua. Pass through a landscape of quaint mountain villages, pine forests and highland lakes on your way to the town of Panjachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan. After a private boat ride across this gorgeous body of water, you’ll explore Santiago Atitlan, soaking up its rich indigenous culture and fascinating Mayan traditions. This private Santiago Atitlan and Lake Atitlan excursion includes a private guide and vehicle plus round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Cruises

Lake Atitlan, Panajachel and Santiago Village Day Trip by Boat from Guatemala City

Immerse yourself in the scenic splendor of Lake Atitlán, and the charming villages that surround it, on a full-day trip from Guatemala City. Travel to Guatemala’s western highlands to observe virtually unchanged Mayan traditions, and then sail on the glittering surface of Lake Atitlán. Absorb the vibrant colors of lakeside settlements, Panajachel and Santiago, and delve into the region’s rich history with your guide. Round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Lake Atitlan Off The Beaten Path: A Day Full of Adventure from Antigua

Get off the tourist trail in Lake Atitlan as you enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and visits to local villages on this 10-hour trip from Antigua. Pick from among a range of high-energy activities like swimming, kayaking, hiking, cliff jumping or rock climbing. Or if you’re more content to watch, simply sit back and relax. You’ll also have time explore the small villages near the lake, including Santa Cruz, San Juan and San Pedro, many of which feel largely untouched by the modern world. This highly customizable trip includes all activities plus round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

Antigua Guatemala City Tour

Located in the central highlands of Guatemala, this famous ancient city was once the capital of this diverse and colorful nation. Spend the day exploring the historic streets of this picturesque city and get an up-close look at the ruins of colonial churches and Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. Your friendly, professional guide will unlock the history, culture and traditions of this popular destination and take you to all the top Antigua landmarks.
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  • 6 hours
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Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Day Trip

On your own, it’s difficult to squeeze the the Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan into a single day, but this guided tour makes it a breeze by handling all the transportation logistics from Guatemala City. Plus, going with a guide keeps you from getting lost in the crowds of one of the largest open-air markets in Central America and provides tons of insight into the rich cultures around Lake Atitlan.
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  • 1 day
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Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City

Unlock the beauty and history of one of the oldest cities in the Americas during this Antigua City Tour from Guatemala City. Your full-day excursion includes stops at some of the colonial town’s top attractions, including the Museo del Jade, La Merced Church, and even a picturesque coffee plantation that’s still in operation. Take in epic views of the cityscape from Cerro de la Cruz and learn about the former capital’s colorful past while you listen to your friendly local guide as they lead you through the cobbled streets.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Guatemala City

This popular Pacaya Volcano day trip from Guatemala City is the perfect way to experience the beauty of the country’s most active volcano. Follow your expert local guide to the top of this fiery mountain and look out over stunning views of Guatemala countryside. It’s a memorable way to experience the natural beauty of this incredible country and is perfect for novice hikers.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-day Tours

Antigua Mountain Adventure Tour on ATV, Motorcycle, or Scooter

In a city surrounded by volcanoes, adventure is hard to resist. Give into your sense of adventure on this tour around the outskirts of Antigua on an ATV, motorcycle, or scooter; take your pick of vehicle and choose to drive it yourself or ride in the back seat. Visit the mountains around Antigua, a local Mayan village, the famous El Cerro de la Cruz, and an organic farm with a full view of the valley below.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Past and Present Guatemala

Explore the old and new capitals of Guatemala on this full-day sightseeing adventure that combines both vehicle and walking tours of Guatemala City and Antigua. You’ll see major highlights like the Civic Center, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Central Market in Guatemala City, before heading to the World-Heritage listed city of Antigua. Wander the historic streets of this picturesque colonial town and stop at La Merced Church, Central Park and other highlights before enjoying a traditional lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

Iximche Ruins Tour from Antigua

Expand your Antigua holiday to include a visit to the ruins of Iximche on a half-day, small-group tour. Skip the stress of public buses and relax in round-trip transportation from your hotel. Enjoy a detailed tour around the ruins of the former Mayan civilization, including its two ball courts and ceremonial plazas, with ample opportunity to ask questions. Afterwards, take time to explore on your own, then unwind during the return journey.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

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Iximché Ruins and Antigua City Tour

Explore the fascinating Spanish and Mayan history of Guatemala on this family-friendly 8-hour tour to Iximché and colonial Antigua. Wander the atmospheric archaeological site of Iximché to discover the history of the Mayans. Then head to Antigua, former colonial capital, where you’ll visit the San Francisco Church, Calle del Arco, La Merced Church and the central plaza. Your excursion also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel, a guide and all entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
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Copán Day Trip from Antigua

Visit Copán, one of the most important cities of the Mayan empire and a UNESCO World Heritage site, on this 14-hour, full-day trip from Antigua. Enjoy a comfortable ride into neighboring Honduras by coach, before taking time to explore the site’s wealth of temples, underground tunnels, ball courts, stone sculptures and altars with your guide. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of this fascinating civilization and its unique hieroglyphic writing system. Your daylong excursion also includes breakfast, all entrance fees and round-trip transportation from your Antigua hotel.
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  • 16 hours
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  • 16 hours
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Archaeology Tours

UNESCO JEWELS: Tikal One Day Tour from Guatemala City by air

Uncover the ancient mysteries of a Mayan monument on a full-day trip to the Tikal Ruins from Guatemala City. The towering temples of the Tikal Ruins reign solemnly over the dense rainforest: alongside your guide, you’ll explore the archaeological site and observe exotic flora and fauna along the way. Learn about Tikal’s historical significance from culture-rich commentary and admire prominent architectural features such as the iconic Temple I and the Central Acropolis.  Lunch and round-trip transport from your Guatemala City hotel are included in the tour.
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  • 15 hours
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  • 15 hours
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Pacaya Volcano Day Trip from Antigua

Get up close and personal with a Guatemalan volcano during this 7-hour Pacaya Volcano hike, one of the country’s most active. Travel through volcanic vegetation and surreal landscapes on your way to the top, enjoying impressive views of three nearby volcanic peaks, including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango at the summit. Your trip from Antigua to the volcano also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a guide.
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua

Get a taste for the sublime scenery and fascinating indigenous markets of Guatemala during this day trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua. Check out the highland town of Chichicastenango, home to a community of indigenous residents, a colorful market and local shamans performing ancient Mayan rituals. You’ll then explore the shores of Lake Atitlan, a one-of-a-kind lake ringed by a collection of magnificent volcanoes. This Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan day trip includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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One Day Tour to Tikal from Guatemala City

Skip the hours-long bus ride from Guatemala City to Tikal with this tour that lets you see the famous UNESCO-listed ruins in just one day. Fly right from the city to the ruins, and then see the most famous temples and monuments alongside a government-certified guide who brings them to life.
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  • 15 hours
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