Mayan Calendar Trip. Explore and learn about one of the most representative advances of Mayan Culture, their Calendar, on this fascinating and educational 8-day tour of Guatemala.
The Maya were a splendid civilization. Their advanced knowledge in mathematics, astrology and astronomy, among other sciences, is part of the extended legacy that they left to humanity, and some of these contributions are still in use today. The mathematical advances realized by the Maya civilization allowed them to develop the precise observation of the cosmos, allowing them to predict changes in the weather, lunar eclipses, and how best to utilize the seasons for agriculture. Moreover, the study of astrology allowed the Mayans to establish favorable periods for individual and collective activities. Combining their scientific knowledge, the Mayans created approximately 20 different calendars, each with a specific purpose. Go on a journey with our professional guides to learn about the Mayan Calendar while you explore Mayan ruins.
Antigua Guatemala is considered to be the most beautiful Colonial City of the Americas. Antigua is famous for its well-preserved Spanish architecture as well as a number of stunning ruins of colonial convents and churches. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to the city. Antigua Guatemala was declared a National Monument by the Guatemalan government in 1944 and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.This day is free to rest and explore this beautiful city.
Today you will visit Old ‘Mixco’ and afterward depart for the colonial city Antigua Guatemala.
The Archeological Site Old Mixco used to be one of the two great Mayan capitals of the area. Nowadays, this is an archaeological site of great interest where visitors get a feeling of peace and spirituality. Of the 120 structures, the two most famous are the Twin Pyramids, and two fields for ball games, also excavations have discovered many objects of everyday use such as pots, jugs, and pitchers, amongst others. According to Mayan cosmology, Old ‘Mixco’ is a trade center where the prayers of the congregation find their way to reaching divinity.
The Mayan site of Iximché covers approximately eight square kilometers. Buildings were built with carved stone and stucco covered over with painted walls. Ceremonies for power, justice, stability and harmony would have been carried out here.
You can spend the rest of your day in the town of ‘Tecpán’, which was the cradle of the brave warriors who inhabited the area, and was witness to one of the most powerful and significant political groups.
In this town the most colorful market of Central America takes place every Thursday and Sunday. The handicrafts produced in Guatemala have a great variety of colors and patterns that are representative of the multicultural characteristics of the country. Here you will have the chance to buy many different designs and souvenirs directly from the producers. In addition to handicrafts, you will also find flowers, textiles, pottery, medicinal plants, candles, tools, pigs and chickens.
The archeological site of Gumarcaj is located on the top of three majestic hills. Archeologists believe that the city was constructed here for its strategic advantage over possible enemies. During the height of power of this city, it contained at least 70 structures which functioned as temples, palaces, residential homes and administrative buildings. Gumarcaj has been granted the category of Symbol City of Guatemala. Nowadays this archaeological site is a sacred place, visited by spiritual leaders to celebrate ceremonies in the underground caves that maintain an impressive mysticism constituting for the Mayan culture an entrance for communication with the underworld.
After this tour you will go to Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela.
This beautiful city is nestled in a large valley surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. Xela still conserves many of the ancient Mayan traditions, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life.
Xela is also known as “The Cradle of Culture”. Home to numerous jazz and blues bands in addition to traditional musicians, there is also a broad arts scene focused on painting, singing and sculpture.
Thermal sources Fuentes Georginas located in the midst of the mountains of Quetzaltenango are a great place to take a medicinal bath and enjoy the stunning views of the Volcano Santa Maria. The ride to the hot springs alone makes the trip worth taking, with spectacular views of the volcanoes and mountains lining the route. The water of the hot springs is heated naturally by the volcanic activity of the area, with 3 pools of differing temperatures to suit all tastes.
Antigua is considered to be the most beautiful colonial city of Central America. Besides the beautiful architecture, the triple ascent of the volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenango form a majestic background to the city of Antigua. Your guide will show you all the highlights of this city.
Today marks the end of this cultural holiday. You will be transferred to the international airport.
However, if you would like to extend your holiday we offer the option to include a Spanish language package on this trip or you can choose to combine this trip with one of our other trips. Contact us for more information.