(Editor’s Note – This original post from February 2012 has been updated to reflect current Guatemala vacation details.)
One of the main focal points of Caravan Tour’s all inclusive Guatemala vacations is the ancient Mayan ruins.
Mayan culture, as far as we can tell from what has been recovered and the folklore passed down through generations, is largely impacted diffusion of cultures and trade exchange. Guatemalan Mayan culture is famous for its sophisticated written language, art, architecture, and astronomy.
With a visit to Tikal Guatemala, once the most powerful kingdom in the entire ancient Mayan empire, Caravan travelers get a full education in addition to experiencing current Mayan culture firsthand and enjoying a relaxing and tropical Guatemala vacation. Caravan also includes additional stopovers at less visited Mayan hotspots.
The current Guatemala Tikal Tour itinerary contains visits to the following Mayan locations:
National Museum of Archaeology
This national museum located in Guatemala City gives vacationers an education as to how Guatemala’s civilizations existed prior to Columbian cultures entering the country. Here, guests can view an extensive collection of Mayan pottery and jewelry, sure to tweak the interest of the artist and historian in all of us.
Mayan Villages along Lake Atitlán
While many visit Lake Atitlán in Guatemala simply because of its reputation as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, most Guatemala visitors also get to experience Mayan culture as it exists today. Many Indian villages surround Lake Atitlán and Mayan residents still wear traditional Mayan clothing. Our Guatemala tour offers a pure glimpse into Guatemala Mayan culture; one can even visit a colorful artisan market!
Villa Maya and The Mayan Temples at Tikal Ruins
One of the best places to stay when up north in Tikal National Park is the Villa Maya, a near 70 acre nature preserve. From here, Guatemala vacationers can set out to explore the ancient Mayan civilizations among the ruins of Tikal. Dating back to 700 B.C. Tikal is one of the most magnificent Mayan cities of all time. Set to a backdrop of tropical rainforests, complete with spider monkeys and tropical birds, Guatemala vacationers have the chance to explore all the famous points in Tikal’s great plaza, including Mayan temples, ball courts, pyramids, and more.
Quiriguá Mayan Site
Perhaps a little less visited, Quiriguá is an ancient Mayan archaeological site that has undergone amazing preservation. Here visitors can see some of the world’s longest stone monoliths complete with carvings from ancient Mayan citizens, acting as a historical record of Guatemala’s past.
Book Your All Inclusive Mayan Tour Today
Tour companies such as Caravan Tours are All Inclusive Guatemala Tour Operators offering exciting and fully escorted travel through Central America’s Mayan ruins. This means that virtually every cost incurred during your Guatemala vacation – including hotels, transportation, activities, and meals – is included in the price you pay for the Guatemala vacation.
Because of this, Caravan’s Guatemala Tours are ideal for senior vacation travel or as all inclusive family vacations.
Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for special information about Guatemala group vacations as well as special travel requirements or to reserve your spot today.
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