Published on May 14th, 2015 | by Mark Chesnut
TRAVEL DEALS: Guatemala Tours Showcase Nature, History & Culture
For this week’s roundup of Latin America travel deals, I’ve found several interesting Guatemala tours that take in some of that Central American nation’s most fascinating sites and experiences — including nature, culture and ancient archeological ruins. Read on for details.
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The Deal: Volcano hiking tour
What Makes It Cool: This Guatemala tour operator is offering a 14-day trip led by a volcano expert and professional guides. The trip includes visits to three active volcanoes including Fuego, Pacaya, and Santiaguito as well as stops at Lake Atitlan and Quetzaltenango. Six nights are spent in spacious tents and seven nights in high-end hotels. With capacity to host a group of 6 to 12 people, the package is priced at $3,900 and includes camping gear, ground transportation, food and beverage, and an entrance pass to National parks.
Valid for Travel: Three preset dates are scheduled for December 20, 2015; January 17, 2016; and February 14, 2016 — but custom trips can also be arranged.
Info & Reservations: www.volcano-adventures.com
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Rockjumper Birding Tours
The Deal: Bird-watching tours
What Makes It Cool: Guatemala is home to 720 species of birds, so bird and nature-lovers will likely appreciate this nine-day tour. During the trip, visitors explore Guatemala’s lush terrain, including coffee plantations and highland lakes to see flying beauties that include the Resplendent Quetzal, Guatemala’s National bird, as well as other sought after species such as the Horned Guan. Accommodating a group of 6-10 people, the tour has prices that begin at $2,700.
Valid for Travel: This voyage is offered on January 15, 2016 and private journeys may be planned for any time of the year.
Info & Reservations: www.rockjumperbirding.com
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The Deal: Private luxury tours of Guatemala, Honduras and Belize
What Makes It Cool: For those who prefer a more luxurious experience, Wilderness Travel
offers an eight-day private tour with visits to Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, the Mayan city of Copan in Honduras and snorkeling off the Barrier Reef of Belize. Experiences in Guatemala include strolling the cobblestone streets of the colonial city of Antigua, learning about the Mayan ancient textile weaving tradition, visiting the bustling outdoor market of Chichicastenango and exploring the ancient Mayan ruins and the country’s rich wildlife at Tikal National Park. Prices begin at $2,595 (excluding international airfare) with the option to upgrade to stay at some of the most luxurious properties such as Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua, Casa Palopo at Lake Atitlan and Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha near Tikal.
Info & Reservations: www.wildernesstravel.com