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A Summer Vacation To Guatemala | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

A Summer Vacation To Guatemala

Guatemala – A Learning Experience For All Ages

If you want to take a summer vacation which also offers an opportunity for your children to learn, why not take a summer family vacation to Guatemala? There are a lot of Mayan archaeological sites and much Mayan culture to learn about.

Here is one possible eight day Guatemalan vacation package:

* Days 1 and 2: Guatemala City – Antigua, Guatemala. Spend half a day on a guided walking tour of Antigua. You’ll see the Iglesia San Francisco, La Merced Church and the cathedral. You can also take an all-day hike to the Pacaya Volcano and picnic at the volcano before descending.

* Day 3: Antigua to Lake Atitlan. Visit the Lake Atitlan highlands and the Solola Market. Each village in the highlands has its own unique traditional dress made with their own colors, styles and hand woven patterns. Once you arrive at Casa Palopo, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the town. For those who would rather see Guatemala’s highlands from an aerial view, you can also go to Casa Palopo by helicopter!

* Day 4: Lake Atitlan. Take a full day tour of Lake Atitlan, traveling across the lake by boat and visiting the village of Santa Catarina; well known for its textiles. Afterwards, you can go south to Santiago, sited along a lagoon between the volcanoes of San Pedro and Toliman. You can pay a visit to the temple of the Mayan god Maximon and see the rituals of local shamans.

* Day 5: Chichicastenango – Peten. Visit the charming town of Chichicastenango and take a guided tour of its famed markets. The red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and frequent mists give the town a fairytale quality.

* Day 6: Peten – Yaxha Ruins. You’ll take a half day tour of the ruins at Yaxha, rarely seen by tourists. Located in the jungle between Flores and Topoxte, Yaxha means “green water” in Mayan, a reference to the nearby lake.

* Day 7: Peten – Tikal – Guatemala City. A full day in the Tikal National Park. Tikal was one of the greatest cities of the Mayan civilization and is located in the rainforest. You’ll see Mayan ruins as well as parrots, toucans and monkeys!

The mayan ruins of Tikal National Park, Guatemala

The mayan ruins of Tikal National Park, Guatemala

* Day 8: Guatemala City – Depart for home.

A vacation to Guatemala provides you and your family a unique opportunity to see Mayan culture up close. You will be able to build understanding and respect of Mayan culture and traditions.

Reading about different cultures and civilizations is certainly a good thing, but is no substitute for seeing these other lands and people for yourself. If you are trying to plan a family vacation which will provide learning and recreation, think Guatemala.

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