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$40.00 – $50.00
Enjoy a family adventure full of excitement as you fly through the skies on zip lines from tree to tree. We will visit an amazing canopy park in the mountains that surround Antigua, where you can spend a wonderful day with the family. Get the most out of Antigua on this bewildering canopy tour, have fun, and take in some of the best views in the area! You can chose between different options.
- FOREST EXPRESS
This package consists of 6 zip-lines of varying lengths and finishes with an assisted rappel down a tree of 40 feet (12 m) high.
- FOREST TRAIL
For those visitors who don’t want to participate in zip lining but are eager to see their friends and relatives fly along the zip lines, this is the right choice. You can jump on one of our trucks that are especially adapted for safe transportation, a Unimog Mercedes truck, and enjoy the amazing views. During this ride, you will pass a coffee plantation and smell the wonderful aroma of coffee beans. Travelers interested in hiking through the forest to the zip lines can be dropped off early and led down a forested trail. You’ll cross over hanging bridges and walk along a path through dense foliage.
- CANYON EXPRESS
Designed for adventure seekers who enjoy the thrill of two mega zip lines over the Canyon, almost 1700 feet long each one at a height of 500 feet.
Price: 50 USD for internationals – 40 USD nationals
- FOREST EXPRESS
Antigua Mountains Tour – Q540 P/P
This tour will take us up to the base of the “Volcan de Agua”, to the indigenous town of Santa Maria de Jesus with an altitude of 2,070mts above sea level. We will enjoy a stroll around town and visit the local market at the town’s square. As we make our way back down to Antigua, we will cross the city and head over to El Hato, located on the opposite side of the valley. Once in El Hato we take a short hike down to “Earth Lodge” or “Hobbitenango”, to enjoy the views, relax on the hammocks, and grab a snack. This Earth Lodge is famous for its resemblance to the under-hill houses of “Hobbits”, characters from the well-known Lord of the Rings books and films. Our last stop is down the mountain at “El Cerro de la Cruz”, where we can enjoy an aerial view of Antigua.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 09:30 am or 14:30 pm Departure point: Office in Antigua Duration: 3 hours Price:
83 USD p.p.
Included: Transportation, Spanish-speaking guide,
What to Bring: Comfortable clothes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera, some extra money
First you will visit the post-classic Mayan City of Iximche, in Tecpan, Chimaltenango.
The site’s name derives from the Mayan name of the Ramon tree (Brosimum alicastrum), from the words ixim and che, meaning literally “maize tree” This was the first city invaded and conquered by the Spanish and it was here that they formed the first capital of Guatemala.
However, they had to abandon the city due to constant attacks from the Kakchiquel people. When the Spanish left the city they burned it down, but the Iximche ruins remained. Iximche is a small archaeological site and in 1960 the ruins of Iximche were declared a National Monument. The majority of visitors in Iximche are indigenous Mayan people. Modern Aj q’ijab’ (Maya priests often referred to as ‘Daykeepers’ in English) arrive at Iximche from all over the Guatemalan Highlands to perform sacred Mayan fire ceremonies at Iximche. These often take place behind the ruins, in a ceremonial area. If you do have the opportunity to witness a sacred Maya ceremony whilst visiting Ixmiche Ruins, we ask you to keep a respectful and polite distance and ask before taking any photos. Tourist facilities at the site include visitor parking, a small museum, a picnic area and a football field. The museum is open on a daily basis and displays a number of artefacts recovered from the ruins.
- SAN ANDRÉS ITZAPA
San Andrés Itzapa (Itzapa means flint) is an ancient town. The Spanish named the area “Itzapa y de San Andrés” in honor of their patron saint, the apostle San Andrés (Saint Andrew). The Spanish also called the area “Valle del Durazno” (Valley of the Peaches), as the prickly pears common in this area resembled the orchards of home. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the one of the altars of Maximon, San Simon or Ri Laj Mam as he is also affectionately known. A Native American saint who originated from the Mayan Tzutujil tribe in Santiago Atitlan Guatemala, and is now known throughout the world. Maximom is known by worshippers for divine intervention and performing miracles, wherever help is needed. Inside, the walls of the altar are covered with hundreds of plaques and ‘thank you’s’ from all over Guatemala and Central America, thanking San Simón for his help. Indigenous Mayas and Guatemalans visit Maximón to pray, ask for petitions and pay offerings to ask for assistance in all areas of their lives. Offerings are made in the forms of candles, cigars, and other items. Many devotees offer San Simon one of the cigars he loved so much and drink a toast to his effigy. There is also a small shop just outside the altar, should you wish to purchase candles, cigars and more to make an offering to San Simon. Every year on the 28th of October, the feast day of San Simon, thousands of pilgrims from all over Guatemala and even neighboring countries such as Mexico meet in San Andres Itzapa and other San Simon altars across Guatemala, such as Santiago Atitlan and Zunil, to celebrate and thank San Simon. With the marimba, alcoholic drinks, and dancing the atmosphere becomes very festive.
- SAN JUAN COMALAPA
San Juan Comalapa is sometimes called the “Florence of America”, because of the many Kaqchiquel painters living there. It is also the birthplace of Raphael Alvarez Ovalle, who composed Guatemala’s national anthem. The painting tradition started in the 1930s, when Kaqchiquel painter Andres Curruchich (1891–1969) started painting with oil. His creativity was noted by many and soon he found himself showing his art in the United States and achieving international success. Because of his success, Curruchiche decided to teach the new generations his form of painting. Today there are some 500 painters in San Juan Comalapa, and the majority of them still use the techniques of Curruchiche. These painters are dedicated to paint the customs, life experiences and traditions of the Indian towns. On entering San Juan Comalapa you will see walls enclosing the school and the cemetery. On these walls the people of San Juan have painted large murals telling the story of the town and its citizens. When observing them, one realizes a couple of things: the great misfortunes they have suffered in the past decades and, most of all, the artists’ great talents. The mural depicts major events in the history of Guatemala including the Maya creation story, the Spanish conquest and more recently Guatemala’s civil war. Two blocks from San Juan’s central park you will find the House of Culture, also known as the museum Rafael Alvarez Ovalle. The new construction, inaugurated in 1984, harbors the personal objects of the author of the Guatemala national anthem.
Availability: Every day Departure times: 08:00 Hrs Duration: 5 hours Its a door to door Service? Yes Pick up: Your hotel or homestay Drop off: Your hotel or homestay Price 78 USD mínimum of two people Included Competent guide and all transportation Not included: Entrance fees to the sites What to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, camera
- SAN ANDRÉS ITZAPA
Walk around in this wonderful city and learn about the Guatemalan history during colonial times. We start the tour with the Cathedral that was built in 1680 and with the fountain on the main square, where we explain the history of the city by means of surrounding examples of colonial architecture. Next we visit the San Francisco el Grande Church which was built in 1702. It is one of the best-preserved churches in Antigua and the resting place of the first saint in Central-America, Hermano Pedro. We then walk to the beautiful baroque church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced, one of Antigua’s most beautiful colonial style churches. This building was finished in 1767. On the left side of the church, there is a convent which is open to the public for a small fee. The tour ends in a jade factory, where you can learn about the different types of jade, the history of jade in Guatemala and understand how long it takes to make just one piece. To the ancient Maya, jade represented things like maize (corn), the wind, breath and the soul. They made jade into belts, nose decorations, mosaic masks, tooth inserts, beads and ear spools (a kind of earring that looks like a spool). They also worked jade into “celts” – a kind of axe-head. As for decoration, designs representing flowers were popular for jade jewelry. The jade is cut and polished in the factory by local Guatemalan workers who follow the carving traditions of their ancestors.
Availability: Every day. Departure times: 09:30 Hrs / 14:00 PM Departure point: your hotel / Address Duration: 3 hours Price: 28 USD p.p. minimum 2 persons Included: English speaking guide What to bring: comfortable clothes and shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal items, camera, some extra money