12 Day Guatemala & Costa Rica
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|2019 Dates & Prices|
Optional tours and gratuities.
Please note on Day 5, optional Full Day Tikal cannot be combined with Half Day Guatemala City Tour.
Passport information for all passengers traveling to Tikal must be submitted 30 days prior to departure.
Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.
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Escorted Package Includes
- Round trip flights Miami-Guatemala City, Guatemala City-San Jose-Miami
Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
- Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
- 11 nights accommodations
- 2 nights Antigua
- 1 night Panajachel
- 2 nights Guatemala City
- 2 nights San Jose
- 2 nights Arenal
- 2 nights Monteverde
- Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
- Hotel porterage
- All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
- 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
- Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Tour of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit the colorful Indian Market and Church of Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango
- Excursion to Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America
- Visit the artisan town of Sarchi and see artists in their workshops
- View Arenal Volcano National Park with its unique landscape and famous Arenal volcano
- Discover the dense vegetation in the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest
- Experience a traditional Costa Rican Coffee Farm, followed by a Chocolate Tour
†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates
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This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets, stairs, steps and significant slopes. A few early wake-ups and drives between cities can be up to seven hours depending on weather and traffic conditions. Due to the varied elevations, travel in Guatemala may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.
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This first class hotel is within walking distance of Antigua's Central Park.Hotel Details
This first class hotel features splendid views of Lake Atitlan.Hotel Details
This superior tourist hotel is located in Panajachel on the beautiful Lake Atitlán.Hotel Details
This first class hotel is one block from Reforma Avenida and two blocks from Zona Viva with its art galleries, disco bars, museums, restaurants and shopping.Hotel Details
This superior tourist class hotel is located in downtown San Jose, offers easy access to the city.Hotel Details
This tourist class hotel is located just in front of the Arenal volcano.Hotel Details
- Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
- Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
- Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
- Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
- Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
- The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Join an optional tour to Tikal National Park, in the heart of the jungle of northern Guatemala to visit one the greatest Mayan ruins in Central America, You will be picked up early this morning for your flight to Flores, Peten. Upon arrival meet with your Tikal guide, where you will be transferred to the ancient Mayan City of Tikal, located at the center of the 222-square-mile park. An exhilarating jungle hike leads you through the ruins. Marvel at the impressive structures of this ancient civilization, visiting sites such as the Twin-Pyramid complex, the Lost World Complex, where the Great Pyramid is located, Temple III, the Palace of the Windows, the Great Plaza, the Pyramid of the Grand Jaguar, the Pyramid of the Masks, and the Palace of the Nobles. Have the opportunity to climb to the top of Pyramid IV, the highest of the Mayan pyramids, from which you will have a complete view of Tikal and its surrounding jungle. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Guatemala City.
Please note: this is a fast-paced tour featuring the highlights of Tikal in a brief visit.
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 18 hours.
*Optionals "Full Day Tikal" and "Half Day Guatemala City Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||15 May 2018 - 31 Dec 2019||$399.00|
This morning join a panoramic tour of Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. The tour begins with the city's civic center complex, home to the Guatemala Supreme Court, Ministry of Public Finance, and City Hall. Continue on to Central Plaza, also known as Constitution Plaza, at the heart of Guatemala City. Here, view the National Palace, one of the most important Guatemalan architectural achievements of the last century. Formerly the seat of the government, it is now a museum and venue for government affairs. From here, you will continue on to the Cathedral, built between 1782 and 1815. The cathedral houses some of the most important artistic treasures in the country. The tour also takes you through the residential and the business districts of the city to gain a full understanding of life in Guatemala City.
**Please note that the order of the above tour may vary
Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
*Optionals "Full Day Tikal" and "Half Day Guatemala City Tour" operate at the same time and should not be booked together.
|Day #5||06 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2019||$29.00|
Enjoy the peaceful sights and the sounds of the rain forest as you quietly float down the Rio Frio near the Nicaraguan border. A professional guide will share educational and interesting facts about the plants and animals encountered on the float. This area is abundant with bird species, including the Snake-Bird, Wood Storks, and Olivaceous Cormorants. Keep an eye out for the various monkey species, sloths, turtles, and caimans that live along the rivers banks. This tour also includes a typical Costa Rican lunch, along with regional fruit, juices, and coffee. Pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
This tour is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from the hotel. Please bring sunscreen, hat, and light clothes.
Approximate tour duration is 7 hours.
|Day #8||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||$60.00|
Spend this evening relaxing in the renowned Hot Springs of Arenal. The family owned EcoTermales has four different pools ranging in temperature from 91 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, surrounded by the local flora of the forest. Private and secluded, these hot springs are a great way to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. While there, enjoy an included traditional Costa Rican dinner.
Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.
|Day #8||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||$54.00|
Join this exciting tour to see the rainforest in a whole new way. Cross through the unique Cloud Forest's canopy while suspended from a high weight capacity zipline cable, maneuvering between the 15 platforms and 12 cables that span over 2 miles in length, making this extreme adventure one of the longest Zipline tours in the country.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity as you will be walking some distance through the forest between the Zipline cables. For some, this activity may be considered very strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5-3 hours.
|Day #10||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||$44.00|
Enjoy a walk among the treetops on this 1.9 mile trail, which boasts 8 different bridges at heights ranging from 36 to 180 feet. The Selvatura Hanging Bridges are the longest and the strongest bridge system in the country. The hanging bridges give you the unique opportunity to see plants and animals not visible from the ground.
It is recommended that you wear hiking boots for this activity. For some, this activity may be considered strenuous and people with difficulty breathing, heart or other medical conditions, should consider not to choose this optional tour.
Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.
|Day #10||01 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020||$27.00|
Begin with a panoramic city tour of San Jose. Stop for a visit to the Gold museum, where more than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts are displayed, dating from 500-1500 AD. Continue to the National Theater, the principal jewel of San Jose. This ornate Neoclassical theater, was declared a National Monument in 1965. Visit the lobby with its Carrara marble floor and admire the lavish furnishings and beautiful murals. Conclude the tour with an authentic Costa Rican dinner at a popular restaurant in the city.
Approximate tour duration is 5 hours
|Day #11||01 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||$69.00|
Very nice! We had a good time and learned a lot about Mayan civilization. Our tour guide Sergio was very knowledgeable and friendly. The size of 16 people was ideal for visiting Guatemala.Stanley K. Landenberg, PA
The trip was great! The combination of a plush hotel and a historic one was was special. I learned so much on the excursions. The guide, Sergio Garcia was really special. He greeted us with a welcoming smile that one would expect from a close friend or special family member, and he was especially helpful with our problems.Frances C. Thousand Oaks, CA
The trip was fantastic! Sergio was awesome, the sites were everything I've read about in books, and the logistics were spot on as usual. My sister and I enjoyed everything we saw especially Tikal and Lake Atitlan. The Guatemalan people were warm and we truly felt their love for the Mayan heritage and history. Another great trip! Why we always go with Gate 1.Terry C. Waldorf, MD
I had a wonderful time during my trip. It was sunny most of the time, Accommodations were very good and our tour manager Estuardo was excellent. We had equal time of touring and time to explore on our own or just to rest.Arthur N. Fontana, CA
We had a great time in Guatemala! It’s a beautiful country. We felt very safe. Our guide, Marco Antonio Garrido, is one of the best, very knowledgeable and with a very good sense of humor. We learned a lot about the history of the country in such a short trip. Thank you Gate 1 for this awesome experience!Rosemarie E. Bronx, NY
It was a great trip. The guide, Tony, was wonderful. Drivers were safe and professional. Tony was very helpful, knowledgeable and very precise in all his instructions. I had been to Guatemala before with a group...but I learned so much more about the country on this trip.Eileen T. Brooklyn, NY
We had an amazing time. Guatemala is a beautiful country with so much rich history. Our tour guide Estuardo was amazingly knowledgeable. Thank you Gate 1 for another successful fabulous vacation!Mirna B. Burtonsville, MD
We loved it- had a wonderful time! Stuart was very knowledgeable and caring! Great guide!David S. Dublin, CA
It was fabulous. Everything clicked. First time on an organized tour. Enjoyed myself immensely.Liza G. Milton, VT
The trip was very nice. I really enjoyed it. The tour director was good, and the hotels were good too.Hector F. Silver Spring, MD
It was fabulous. Tour director (Gigi) was great. Hotel was nice. Weather was perfect. Gate 1 does a great job of putting together a tour. We saw all we needed to see in the three days.Susan C. Falls Church, VA
Douglas, the American guide, and Gretel, the Cuban guide, were wonderful. They were very knowledgeable, accommodating, and great leaders. I enjoyed the activities, meals, accommodations, fellow travelers, and particularly all the tours we took. I would recommend this trip to family and friends, and I would definitely do another trip with Gate 1 in the future.Mark F. Cambridge, MA
We had an incredible time! Loved Tony our guide - it could not have been a better trip.Donna B. Cincinnati, OH
Our trip was amazing! My sister and I had a great time. Our hotel we're excellent and in a very good location. Toni are guide was so helpful and funny. He made feel safe and secure. He also provide great advice. Thank you for the excellent service!Britney A. Cypress, CA
The trip was amazing! The accommodations were outstanding and all of the services were seamless. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!Jennifer Y. Langhorne, PA
Very nice Great tour guide and drivers. Nice mix of guided tours and free time.Diane P. Oscoda, MI
Our trip to Panama through your organization was superb - the transfers, the service, our wonderful guide, Recardo, the hotel, the tours, etc.....were very well done. We enjoyed our trip. thanks!Patrick R. Silver Springs, MD
Our trip to Guatemala/Honduras was good. Great place for seeing Mayan ruins. Each one spectacular and different from any others. Estuardo was an excellant tour guide and group leader. This was our fourth trip with Gate 1 Travel this year and we have been satisfied with all four of them.Gwen R. Anoka, MN
Our trip was wonderful! Daniel, our USA guide, was excellent and our Cuban guide Romiro was also outstanding!Paula S. Stillwater, MN
The trip was excellent! I have been on this trip before a few years ago and was happy and surprised that this guide took us to a few different places. The weather was great, and I stayed an extra day as I felt familiar with Guatemala City. I enjoy Gate 1 Travel very much as a single traveler.Sandra G. Belfast, ME
Incredible Guatemala travel experience, Thanks to our wonderful tour guide Marco [Tony]. He was knowledgeable: the equivalent of the beloved antiquities college professor, plus thoughtful, kind, and courteous, and "over the top" helpful in all situations. I will travel with Gate 1 again for all of the "future Tony experiences".Kerry C. Kittrell, NC
It was awesome. Teo, our guide was great and was very organized. Loved it. The food was great and the accommodations were fine, especially with westin at the end. Thanks for having it all inclusive for us. What a treat! Thanks again.Karoline L. Keene, NH
The trip was wonderful. Great guides, accommodations & weather.Kathryn R. Mt Pleasant, SC
Our Classic Panama trip was awesome! It was our second Gate 1 tour and won't be our last. Everything was wonderful. Our guide Roberto was fabulous and the tours were all great! Keep up the good work and keep those trips coming!Kathleen W. Altoona, PA
Our trip to Panama City, Panama was very very good. Thank you very much for arranging such a wonderful trip.Ramesh P. Piscataway, NJ
My trip was amazing. It exceeded my expectations. Arriving in Guatemala as a "single traveler" I must admit I was a bit nervous. But from the moment I was greeted my the driver that all went away. The guide (Stewart) met me in the AM and my adventure in Guatemala & Honduras were spectacular. I found all aspects of the experience VERY BEAUTIFUL. Our guide was very informative, Stewart took every effort to make sure that we always were engaged, enjoying and comfortable during our travels. All of the Gate 1 arrangements were easy to navigate. I found it so rewarding that I have already recommended to friends.Alisia R. Seattle, WA
It was an awesome trip! Everything was good, very good guide too. Good place. Thank you so much.Amrita R. Jersey City, NJ
Thanks for inquiring. The 5 day trip to Guatemala was wonderful. The guides, drivers, and hotels were all first rate. Everything ran smoothly and I truly enjoyed my trip.Chandria S. Cheverly, MD
It was awesome! Our guide Darrio was so knowledgeable. You can tell he really enjoys what he does, and it made the 2-3 hour drives between destinations bearable. He'd ask us frequently if we needed a break to stop somewhere to stretch our legs or use the restroom. The market in Chichi was beautiful and eye opening. The sights were all beautiful as a matter of fact. My 72 year old grandmother and I traveled to Guatemala together and she told me it was one of the best trips she's taken.Chloe P. Delray Beach, FL
It was wonderful. So much fun, great tours, fun people.Antoinette G. Lincoln, RI
It was fantastic! Our guide, Bacho, was great: knowledgeable, fun and friendly.The hotels were good to excellent, we had wonderful entertainment. The organisation was perfect. We met several couples who had made previous trips with Gate !, and we understand why. We'll plan another with you!Joseph W. Spring Valley, CA
Great trip! Wonderful hotels, excellent food, outstanding guide! This is the second trip with gate 1 and better than the first. I tell people (including my sister who likes to travel) that gate 1 value can't be beaten. I have taken tours with more expensive companies and even a couple private ones and this tour is much better value.Mary F. Ontario, Canada
This was the first time that I've travelled with Gate 1 and was most impressed. The Tour Director, Stuart, was terrific. He was organized, punctual, well informed, helpful and cheerful. One of the best I've ever experienced and I've taken over 30 organized tours. The accommodations were superb - in an area where I was not expecting 5 star hotels, I got them anyway!! All the breakfasts and dinners were top quality. All in all, the trip was wonderful and I'll not hesitate to travel with Gate 1 again and I'll definitely recommend your company to my friends.Sandra M. Ontario, Canada
Awesome! Thoroughly enjoyrd it. Carlos and Xavier did a great job. Accomodations were fine as were the meals. Another "home run" for Gate 1!Kevin W. Fredericksbrg, VA
The trip was very nice. Our guide, Bacho, was the best guide ever!!Cornelia G. Colorado Spgs, CO
We really enjoyed it, especially Antigua, the old Spanish capital and learning about the Mayan culture around Chichicastanango. Thanks for asking.Shirley P. Columbus, OH
It was great Joanne - the guide (Bonifacio) was the best one ever! He is knowledgeable, personable and just an all around great guy. He pulled the group together to enjoy the trip. Lot of time on a bus but the views were great and the entertainment excellent. Would recommend it to others....Sharon K. Ingersoll, Ontario CA
Our trip to Mexico was outstanding especially because of our wonderful guide. Your organization should know how special BACHO is. You are lucky he does some groups for you. We learned so much because of his knowledge of Mexico's History and Natural bird and plant life. He was gracious and kind and extremely detail oriented. We also had a wonderful bus Driver, Michel. Knowing that he was so competent allowed us to be relaxed on the long bus rides. Now, back to reality!Marcia R. Pittsburgh, PA
We had a nice trip. Everything went smooth as we expected with Gate 1. Our next Gate 1 is Morocco in May.Michael W. Wellington, FL
Great; we loved Guatemala. Excellent accommodations and beautiful sites to see. Chichicastenanga was the best.Leslie M. Saint Paul, MN
We enjoyed the trip a lot. The Itinerary was good,the accommodations were good. Transfers from and to airport were good. Buses and drivers were good. Tony was a good, helpful and entertaining quide.Sophia B. Alhambra, CA
Excellent. Gustavo was a great tour coordinator, Daniel the driver was helpful and friendly. Last hotel, Westin was fantastic. Overall a great trip. Our 3rd trip w Gate 1.William B. Belton, TX
Jie Sun and I enjoyed very much our trip to Panama. All the tours were very well organized. We are especially impressed by our tour manager Patricio for his knowledge (not only about each visiting site but also about the country and the world at large), his management skill, his friendly personality, his passion about his home country Panama, and his prefect English (US style). It is certainly a gift to have a person like Patricio to be our tour manager. To have people like Patricio working for Gate 1 is a strong testimony to Gate 1's success in the business of tourism! We will certainly consider joining other Gate 1 tours in the future. Will have no hesitation to recommend Gate 1 to friends for their vacation considerations.Jie S. Poolesville, MD
We loved Estuardo, our guide, and Danny, our driver. Both were friendly, professional, and provided a truly wonderful experience throughout our tour of Guatemala. The accommodations were wonderful, too.Susan L. Edwardsville, IL
The trip was wonderful. It was all I hoped it would be. I had never been to Mexico before and was interested in seeing the real culture and people. This loop thru northern Mexico and Copper Canyon area by bus felt authentic. Juan, our educated and charming guide, did everything he could to make our visit a wonderful experience. CarolCarol C. Marshfield, WI
Our trip was better than I anticipated. This was our first visit to Guatemala. From what I've previously read regarding safety issues in that country we were somewhat apprehensive. I literally had to persuade my husband into booking this trip. And, as it turned out from day one our fears were laid to rest (of course we practiced common sense and remained diligent as you would wherever you go). My husband and I throughly enjoyed the visits to all the pyramids as well as the other sites on our itinerary. Tony, our tour guide, couldn't be better. He went beyond what is expected to make our trip informative, fun, and our safety was paramount to him. Gate 1 is soooo lucky to have him!!! This was only our 2nd trip through your company. And now, I know why most of the other travelers have traveled with you repeatedly. My husband said, "I had a great time, our trip was wonderful, I'm so glad you talked me into going".Luz L. Pomona, CA
It was our 1st Gate 1 tour and we loved it! We will do many more because we thought it was run extreme well and exceeded our expectations! We would like to also express our appreciation to Alejandro our primary tour guide from Guatemala City and Luis our tour guide in Tikal. They were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our trip enjoyable!Harry S. Palm City, FL
The trip was wonderful. Very happy with our guide Stuart. Love the city of Antigua. It was my first tour with Gate 1 and we are already planning two more. Great service, good hotels and overall enjoyed this trip very much. Thank you Gate 1.Liliana A. Deland, FL
Our trip was fantastic! This is the first time we have used Gate 1 Travel and everything was beyond our expectations! The country of Panama gave us some fantastic memories of a wonderful guide, Roberto... who went above and beyond to do everything to serve us and see we had every need met, beautiful accommodations, excellent food and service, and a wonderful order of sightseeing that gave us an true sense of the entire country.
We loved the arrangements of the flights, transfers, and communication regarding every aspect of our trip. We have already suggested Gate 1 to friends and acquaintances. We will definitely be looking to use Gate 1 tours again. We felt we met friends through our trip, but we also felt we had friends with Gate 1 that wanted every part of our vacation to be a success!
Rebecca M. Louisville, KY
Our trip to Guatemala was wonderful. Our flights were on time and comfortable and we had wonderful accommodations in Guatemala.
Gate 1 employees were always on time and very courteous. Our tour guides, Stuart and Raual, (I am sure I spelled both names incorrectly) were exceptional. They gave us the best information and could answer all our questions so we learned a lot about the country. The drivers were also really good - we never felt unsafe riding with them. We will recommend your company to our friends and relatives and we hope to be able to take another tour some day.Betty W. Bergland, MI