Copan & Rio Dulce
We begin this journey with a foray into Honduras to visit the ceremonial centre of Copan. A major astronomical site, it abounds with strange stelae and complex mathematical notations. Travelling via Quirigua, we reach Livingston on the Caribbean. Then take an enchanting boat trip beneath the cliff walls of the Rio Dulce.
Tikal & Quetzals
Heading north, we enter the tangled forests of El Peten to view the mighty 20-storey temples of Tikal, the most impressive Maya city of all. We can only speculate about these monumental temples which soar 30m above the Great Plaza, piercing the jungle canopy, and the sophisticated engineering of the mighty stonework palaces. Continuing via the spectacular Candelaria caves to reach Coban, we drive to the Biotopo del Quetzal reserve, where we plan to go in search of the elusive quetzal.
Lake Atitlan & Indian Highlands
Crossing the mountains to Lake Atitlan (1500m), we are greeted by huge volcanoes that dominate the landscape. Here, we take a full-day boat trip on the blue waters of Lake Atitlan. We'll admire the craftwork of the Quiche Indians in the local market at Chichicastenango, before making a journey high into the remote Cordillera de los Cuchumatanes, a beautiful and isolated region of steep, verdant hills. We spend a day at the whitewashed town of Nebaj, home to the Ixil, wandering its streets and markets, exploring surrounding areas on foot. Finally we head to the old capital of Antigua, an architectural jewel nestled between three of Guatemala's grandest volcanoes.
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