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Guatemala

14 Day Expo Tour

With this itinerary you will see Guatemala and all its wonders no better than on the seat of a bike. The tour has been carefully routed for good riding and perfect places to visit. This tour is about discovering Guatemala, you will not be disappointed.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1
Arrive in Guatemala, you can now relax. You will be met upon arrival and taken to your Hotel in the Old Colonial City of Antigua. For the rest of the day you can chill out and try the local beer (Gallo).
Day 2 Day of preparation
After breakfast we waste no time in familiarizing ourselves win the Bikes Kawasaki KLR 650. We shall have a talk about the weeks ahead and take a local ride to ensure that we are all comfortable and ready for the tour. This is a good introduction to get used to the KLR 650 ride.
Day 3 Antigua - Rio Dulce
Having done the preparation after breakfast we will be ready for our first leg of the journey. All the bags and boxes loaded and off we go. Everything that you will need for this tour should now be packed. After passing through the city of Guatemala we find the north bound highway for Rio Dulce.
Day 4 Rio Dulce Flores
Riding on great roads we continue towards Flores. We are now in the Peten, this northern part of Guatemala occupies a third of the country but has less than three percent of the population. We will have a short break and rest at the Rope Bridge Nature Reserve. This will be your first opportunity to explore the rain forest high above the forest floor.
Day 5 Flores Tikal Flores
Wakey, wakey! An early start today - 6.00am! Today the bikes will rest as you will be driven to the Great Tikal by minibus after breakfast. Towering above much of the forest the Tikal is possibly the most magnificent of the Mayan ruins. Some 285 species of bird have been sighted in the Tikal alone. This is the heartland of the Mayan civilization which reached here from the highlands 2500 years ago. Mayan culture reached the height of its architectural, scientific, and artistic achievements during the "Classic Period" (300-900AD), when great cities rose from the forest.
Day 6 Flores Sayache
Back on the road for another early start as we have another full day of activities in front of us. On leaving Flores we have our first taste of off roading, but after 30 minutes or so we get back to smooth highway, after a couple of hours we arrive at the river crossing Saxache.
After checking in to our hotel, we then ride back out to the Ruins of Ciebal, a very surreal Mayan site. After lunch in Sayache the river boat awaits our arrival. We cruise down the Rio Pasion ringed by dense rain forest and maybe a few alligators! Then we arrive on the dirt sand shores that lead us to the Ruins of Aquateca. This is a truly magical place, if you imagine Indiana Jones holding the Mad Hatters Tea Party, he would hold it here!
Day 7 Sayache Lanquin
After breakfast we set off for our real taste of off road, this will basically comprise of isolated mountainous back roads. This day will be a blast. On our arrival at Lanquin you will have Iittle doubt that this is an Overland Bike Tour. The accommodation is simple with shared log cabins with great food and a bar. Here we can reflect on the day with a chat and a few beers.
Day 8 Lanquin-Semuc Champey-Lanquin
Today the bikes can rest and this is your day to take advantage of this time to relax, but this day will also give you Iots of activities if that is what you are looking for. If you like cave swimming in natural surroundings you are going to have a lot of fun here. Less than 30 minutes from Lanquin are the pools of Semuc Champey.
Day 9 Lanquin-Coban
This is one of the many roads that are still under construction So we may have a three to four hour ride ahead of us, so we will be arriving in Coban for early afternoon which will give you time to explore this misty Alpine capital.
Day10 Coban- Chichicastenango
Today is the longest part of the Tour. With this route we cut right through the heart of Guatemala, cutting through the valleys and villages. On this road 3rd gear will be your best friend but this is no Donnington Park! The true ambience of the rural setting and slow pace of life will be your speed limit.
Day 11 Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan
Chichicastenango {Mecca del Turismo} department of Ouiche. In this compact and traditional town of cobbled streets day to day life is made manic twice a week by market days (Thursday and Sunday). This is market day at it 's best, so for these reasons you can spend a little time bargain hunting for something a little different. This market event is huge, spreading out in all directions. At around mid morning we regroup and off to the Awesome Lake Atitlan. We have lunch on the shore of the Lake at San Pedro, soon after we take a ferry crossing to Panajachel.
Day 12, FREE DAY Panajachel
Today is your rest day or whatever you feel like doing , remember you are still on holiday. So if all you want to do is relax by the pool and chill its your choice.
Day13 Panejachel-Monterico
We leave the lake and head for the Pacific coast of Monterico. In less than one hour our altitude of 1600 metres will be at sea level. Welcome to Monterico, one of the finest beaches on the Pacific coast that sometimes has powerful surf. Just have another drink and watch the sun sink. The bars and restaurants here serve excellent seafood (buen provecho). 
Day 14 Monterico - Antigua
After a morning swim and breakfast, we say goodbye to Monterico. After leaving midmorning there is an easy ride back to Antigua where our tour will end at 12.00 noon.
 

Tour dates 2005 (all tours begin on a Thursday and end on a Wednesday)

March 3rd to 16th May 26th to June 8th August 18th to 31st December 15th to 28th *
March 24th to April 6th * June 16th to 29th September 8th to 21st  
April 14th to 27th July 7th to 20th November 3rd to 16th  
May 5th to 18th July 28th to August 10th November 24th to December 7th

Price: 1495 per person

* For Easter and Christmas, add 149

 

The GuateXpo Package includes:
Airport Collection
B&B accommodation
Bike Kawasaki KLR650 fuel included.
National Park entry to Tikal, Ciebal, Boat Trip to Aquateca Ruins and Ferry Crossings

 

 

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