Prolong your vacation with this 5-day Guatemala extension! Explore the ancient Maya site of Quirigua, famous for its monumental stone sculptures, and learn about the traditions and cultures of the Maya. Cross one of the largest bridges in Central America in Rio Dulce and grab a headlamp and flashlight to explore the mysterious caves of Laquin. Making your way back to Guatemala city, stop in Semuc Champey and relax in its clear, turquoise waters - the perfect addition to your Guatemala adventure.
Day 1 : Drive to Livingston Day 2 : Explore Rio Dulce & Village Markets Day 3 : Hike Lanquin Caves Day 4 : Semuc Champey & Coban Day 5 : Return to Guatemala City
Visit Quirigua, and ancient Maya archaeological site
Explore Lanquin and it's mysterious limestone cave
Discover Semuc Champey & a natural limestone bridge that crosses the river
Arrive in Guatemala City or Antigua and meet your guide for your transfer to Livingston. Along the way, visit the ruins of Quirigua. An ancient Maya archaeological site, Quirigua covers approximately 1.2 square miles and is quite modest. The site's importance lies in its wealth of sculpture, including the tallest stone monumental sculpture ever erected in the New World. Continue to Livingston and overnight.
Day 2 Explore Rio Dulce & Village Markets
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Transfer from your hotel for your tour of Rio Dulce. A lake and river system which has become a popular sailboat destination, Rio Dulce is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge, the town on Fronteras, commonly referred to as Rio Dulce, features a local vegetable market which attracts locals from the surrounding region. Explore the market and town, Ak'Tenamit, and Bird Island before transferring to your hotel.
Day 3 Hike Lanquin Caves
In the morning, set out with your guide to Lanquin and visit its mysterious cave. The .62 mile limestone cave, Grutas de Lanquin, was declared a national park in 1955 and features many unusual formations. In the evening, settle in to your room at El Recreo.
Day 4 Semuc Champey & Coban
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Travel with your guide to Semuc Champey. A natural monument, Semuc Champey consists of a natural limestone bridge which crosses the Cahabon River. Make your way to the top to the bridge and find a series of stepped, turquoise pools. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear waters and enjoy an afternoon along their banks. In the evening, transfer to Coban and overnight.
Day 5 Return to Guatemala City
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before meeting your guide for a series of tours. Visit a local coffee farm and learn about the picking, drying, and roasting processes of the coffee bean. Enjoy a tour of an orchid farm before returning to Guatemala City for your independent continued journeys.
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.