Experience modern Maya culture in Guatemala with a private guide
We start our tour with a visit to Q'umarkaaj archaeological site, ancient capital of the Mayan Quiché people during the post classic period, where usually in special days we can witness live ceremonies.
Santo Tomas Chichicastenango, a mystical town in the western highlands, 18 kilometers south of Q'umarkaaj, is a popular destination for tourists attracted by its enigmatic church and Market days (Thursdays and Sundays), colorful cemetery and Pascual Abaj (shrine located at the summit of a hill nearby the town, where Mayan priests perform ceremonies).
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We leave Guatemala city or Antigua as early as possible, it's a 2:30 hour drive to get to Q'umarkaaj, there we start our visit to the archaeological site and local museum.
After we finish our visit to the site, we drive back to Chichicastenango (30 minutes away), where we eat lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the local market (available only Thursdays and Sundays), Pascual Abaj Shrine and a local museum and workshop of traditional dances masks and outfits.
Once we're finished, we return to Guatemala city or Antigua.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 12 hours
weather may affect duration during the rainy season.
A comfortable late model van with A/C
Estimated Local Cash Needed
250 Quetzales - (per person) estimated to cover admission to the archaeological site, food and drinks, take extra Q's with you if you're planning to shop in the market.
Average exchange rate is $1 USD = 7.3 Quetzales
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