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Extension to the Ruins of Copan and Rio Dulce

Itinerary in Brief:  Visit magnificent Mayan sites on the Guatemala/Honduras border

  • The Mayan ruins of Copan
  • Remarkable stelae sculptures
  • The beautiful Rio Dulce area
  • Lesser known ruins of Quirigua
  • Lake Izabal and historic Spanish fort
  • Charming hotels throughout
  • Can be customized and extended
  • Please see below for day by day details

Day by Day Itinerary

Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)

Day 1       Transfer to Copan

You will be picked up from your hotel for a land transfer to the Copan ruins, passing through the western highlands of Honduras. You have the afternoon free to explore the 300 acre property on which your 100 year old hacienda is situated. Owned for years by the Cueva family this hacienda was converted in 2000 into an eco-lodge with aspirations of sustaining the beauty of its pristine environment.
Hacienda San Lucas

Day 2      Copan

Today you have a privately guided tour of Copan, viewing some of the most excellent surviving art of Mesoamerica. This UNESCO World Heritage Site flourished during the Classic Era around the 5th century AD to the 9th century AD. At Copan you will find beautiful and intricate stelae artwork throughout the ruins as well as a large mesoamerican ballcourt. In the afternoon you will visit the town of Copan where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Hacienda San Lucas (B,L)

Day 3       Quirigua and the Rio Dulce

Today you will be picked up in the morning for a trip east to the Rio Dulce (sweet river), which winds its way through a 300 ft. gorge, steeped in tropical trees such as Teak, Mahogony and Palms. In route to the Rio Dulce area and the town of Livingston you will stop for a guided visit of the ruins of Quirigua, located along the lower Motagua River. After this visit you will continue east until you reach the town of Livingston where you will spend the night.
Villa Caribe (Bungalow) (B)

Day 4       Visit Castillo de San Felipe

In the morning you have a guided boat tour, visitng the Rio Dulce Canyon and Lake Izabal where you will make a visit to the Castillo de San Felipe. This castle was built to repel pirates from entering the lake and raiding supplies and harassing mule trains. In the afternoon you will have lunch in town before transferring back to Guatemala City and dropped off at your hotel.
Westin Camino Real (B,L)

Day 5       Return Home or Continue Traveling

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Alternatively you can continue to explore some of the other attractions Central America has to offer. (B)