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When your cruise ship sails into Puerto Quezal, maximize your time with a full-day shore excursion to Antigua. Alongside by your guide, you’ll absorb the colonial charm of Antigua City while listening to history-rich commentary. Marvel at landmarks like Santo Domingo Convent and the Church of La Merced and then browse stalls brimming with colorful souvenirs. Visit a rural coffee plantation to observe traditional production processes and sample aromatic cups of coffee with a local farmer.
Take a break from the noisy crowds on your cruise ship and set off on a leisurely bird watching excursion. After pickup from Puerto Quetzal, enjoy a 1-hour drive through the Guatemalan countryside to El Paredon. Hop on a boat and float through the impressive mangroves. With the help of your guide, spot a variety of endemic and migratory birds. After the tour, receive an emailed checklist for your sightings.
Board your AC minivan to enjoy a scenic 90-minutes narrated drive to Antigua through Guatemala's Pacific Plains cultivated with sugar cane. Then the route climbs and the landscape transforms to volcanic scenery and magnificent arabica coffee farms as you approach to La Antigua declared a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. Upon arrival comfort stop and panoramic of La Merced Church from where we walk to visit the Central Plaza and its surroundings. After the Plaza a typical lunch is served at a one prestigious Restaurant. In the afternoon visit to the Museum Hotel Casa Santo Domingo a restored Monastery that now houses a five-star Hotel, Convention Center, its own archaelogical site, plus 7 Museums. Our last stop will be the Jade Museum & Factory maybe the newest and oldest industry of today's Guatemala to learn how a precious stone captivaded a whole culture and how today is transformed into masterpieces. Time for purchasing. Then Drive back to pier. End of services.
Our tour is unique because we visit a traditional Mayan village around Antigua Guatemala where fabrics are made in the ancient ways and visit Antigua Guatemala with its Old colonial architecture and watch how jade is formed. The route to Antigua have has a wonderful scenic panorama of the Pacific lowlands considered a mythical land between volcanoes beautiful colonial homes, buildings and ruins of churches, cloisters and monasteries. Upon arriving to San Antonio Aguas Calientes learn about Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage of Weaving. Then we visit Antiguas Merced Church from where we walk to the Central Plaza to admire the main palaces of the City. For lunch we offere options and provide time then we visit a Jade Factory.before. returning to pier. End of services
You will explore and enjoy one of the most important colonial cities in Guatemala that offers awesome and majestic landscapes.
This will be your opportunity to learn about the culture and architecture of this beautiful and colorful city.
Discover the nuances of coffee production in one of the world's biggest coffee exporters during this private shore excursion from Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala. Visit a coffee plantation with over a hundred years of tradition and learn about the entire process—from bean to cup—on a guided tour. At the end of your tour, visit the cupping lab to sample various coffees from the plantation and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Embark on a scenic 90-minute drive to La Antigua Guatemala that takes guests trough the Guatemala’s Pacific Lowlands Plains first and then behold the spectacular climb to the Range of Volcanoes where this UNESCO’s WORLD HERITAGE SITE is at 5000 feet high above sea level.
Upon arrival visit Hotel Casa Santo Domingo whose facilty counts with its own original archeological site restored since 1989. Visit the Museums of Colonial Art , Mayan Pottery and Handcrafts. Following for a lunch break to have a gastronomic experience at a local Restaurant of your choice.
Then visit Santiago de los Caballeros known today as La Antigua Guatemala founded in 1543 cobblestone streets, colorful facades and tiled roofs, as well as restored and un-restored ruins of churches, palaces, convents and mansions, make this colonial city a favorite destination. Time permitting you will have a visit to a Jade Factory oldest and newest industry of the country
This off-shore excursion is specially designed for all those cruise passengers traveling with 1 passenger in a wheelchair arriving in Guatemala at Puerto Quetzal. Antigua´s cobblestone streets and stairs make it complicated to move freely and easily in a wheelchair, so the tour includes a helper/assistance to lift up the chair whenever needed.
The tour is private and flexible based on your ship's arrival and departure hours.
From the port Quetzal to Los Tarrales Nature Reserve are two hours to drive (111 km) is one of most recommended hotspots to bird watching in Guatemala, the bird watcher people who love nature come here to still increasing their life checklist. We invite you to explore the diverse tropical wildlife in forests and plantations in the 1300 hectare large reserve on Guatemala's Atitlán Volcano
What to Expect. Archaeology and Geology.
At the smoking shadow of Fuego volcano lies Cotzumalguapa Archaeological Zone, the area’s dominant center during the prehispanic Maya periods. No visible ancient structures as they are buried beneath layers of volcanic eruptions. Its art captured part of its political system and its religious thought. And a significant part of this art is housed in the venues visited on this tour.
Fuego volcano drains its material via barrancas or drainages. You will see some of the materials transported from higher parts of the volcano and its effect on communities at lower elevations. Its fertile soil has attracted people who have adapted to living with the rumblings, ashfall, and occasional pyroclastic flows.
Cotzumalguapa’s inhabitants developed an original artistic style seen in monumental sculptures and small objects. Archaeological excavations have enlightened about its cultural importance. No hiking involved.