12 Day Guatemala & Costa Rica
Air & Land
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 managers 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 restaurants, disco bars 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
*The visit to the Gold Museum will be substituted by an in-depth tour of the National Theater, due to holiday closure.
|Day #11||20 Apr 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||$69.00|
The trip was great with only 16 people in the group. The tour director Tony was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information on Mayan civilization. Also the tour guide in Copan, Honduras was very good. We were lucky with weather and accommodation was good. Overall we like the tour and would recommend our friends and relatives to take this trip with Gate 1.Lev A. Santa Monica, CA
We had a wonderful trip to Mexico. We have taken about 10 Gate 1 tours and liked them all. Our tour manager, Douglas, made this trip special. He is knowledgeable and careful with details to make sure that all of us were pleased. He has a great personality and went out of his way to get to know all of us on the tour, providing us with little extras to make us feel welcome and valued. I can't say enough to praise Douglas. He is a real asset to Gate 1, which he praises regularly, telling us about his training and how Gate 1 goes to great lengths to make sure the meals and accommodations are the best possible. I want to mention Panchito, our bus driver, also. He is a cheerful person and a highly skilled bus driver. We were all impressed by how he was able to maneuver the bus in tight quarters and keep us all safe.Kathryn R. Fallon, NV
The trip was great. Very impressive of the boat ride at Marina San Carlos, and the train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas and the two day visit at the Copper Canyon. I learned a lot of Tarahumaras people and their community. The Mexican food was very tasty. It was a very good trip arrangement. Thanks again to Gate 1 for providing high quality, and affordable trips. I really enjoyed it.Greta L. Tallahassee, FL
The trip was wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Raul, the perfect guide! He obviously was so pleased to know we were enjoying ourselves, and we could totally depend on him to look after us. Very sincere, so knowledgeable. I’ve been to Mexico many times, but this was the first time I experienced the range of socioeconomic citizens and learned so much about the history of the country.Judith S. Langley City, Canada
This trip was fabulous. I'm really thankful for Gate 1 for providing such an interesting journey.Valeri V. Richmond Hill, Canada
Our Mexico trip was our 14th Gate 1 trip and it was perfect as usual. Baccho, our tour manager, was excellent, attentive to our needs, and filled almost every minute with great activities and additional optional walking tours.Kenneth M. Bay Village, OH
The trip to Mexico was amazing. As were the warm and welcoming people of Mexico. Each & every city we visited offed something unique & delightful. And the Gate 1 hotels, once again, were outstanding. And...once again our tour bus driver was THE BEST - I always felt safe! ...Susan W. Laguna Beach, CA
The trip was GREAT. The tour guide "Tony" was very knowledgeable and really cared about us. We had a good group of people. The hotels, food, sightseeing was all wonderful.Lee O. Fort Dodge, IA
Our guide Tony was wonderful and knowledgeable. Tony explained the history of each and every place we visited and was able to answer everyone's questions and concerns. I thought the hotels chosen were the best and the restaurants were excellent. Restaurant service was excellent and the food was delicious. Guatemala-Honduras were never on my bucket list. I am very happy I chose to visit there. I made a great choice. Thank you Gate 1 for another great tour!Susan T. San Francisco, CA
Colonial Mexico was my 31st trip with Gate 1 and I always love it when a trip exceeds expectations in every way, as this one did! I knew little about Mexico outside of a visit to Cancun and Mexico City, and this exploration of its Colonial Cities was marvelous. Everything started with having a superb tour manager, Bacho, who was personable, extremely kind, knowledgeable, funny and so organized. He was always there for us, whether it be having Pesos for bathroom stops or treating us to candy or prizes for quizzes, and even organizing a special double decker bus tour of Guadalajara, plus so much else - he is one of the very best! Our driver Aurelio was also skilled and safe and very pleasant. The itinerary was perfectly timed, with the right balance between time spent on walking tours of the cities and free time to explore. The hotels were all really lovely and well situated. The restaurants we went to for group meals were uniformly excellent. The dinner at the #1 restaurant in Morelia - San Miguelito was fantastic, as was the farewell dinner at El Sacromonte in Guadalajara. My personal favorite cities were the stops in Queretaro and Guanajuato and favorite city that we stayed in Morelia - I loved it so much that I am looking at spending a week at a language school there later this year! Can't say enough good things about this trip - safe, fun, interesting, cultural and very highly recommended. Thank you again!Lorraine P. Stamford, CT
We had the best time...The tour guide Edel was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and overall a great guy...The bus driver Panchito as well was a real professional..We felt very safe traveling through Mexico with him as our driver...Visiting the Copper Canyon is truly a highlight of this vacation..We made new friends, enjoyed the food we ate and took lots of pictures to enhance our memories of this fabulous trip...Thank you for making this excursion possible Gate 1!Joyce O. Carmichael, CA
The trip to the Copper Canyon was wonderful. The trip by bus showed us an extensive area of Sonora and Chihuahua. The vast canyon was beautiful to see in the varying light from morning to evening. The train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas was spectacular with the mountains and changing vegetation as we climbed higher. Douglas was an excellent tour leader. On the long bus rides, he told us about the economies of the states, the history of the areas and the history of Mexico ..... He kept us informed about the daily schedules and helped to make sure that everyone was having a good time.Loretta G. Minneapolis, MN
We had a fantastic trip, the tour included very beautiful cities in Mexico and our tour manager, Ivan, was excellent. I would definitely recommend this trip.Samuel B. New Iberia, LA
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
It was absolutely incredible. It's a trip I have wanted to take for decades and glad I never made it until Gate 1 offered this tour. I always expect good tours from when I travel with you but this one really exceeded our expectations. The activities and programs were educational as well as just plain enjoyable. Our guide Edel and driver were excellent. Thanks for offering such fantastic tours.Barbara H. Rochester, IN
The Copper Canyon trip was very rewarding. During the trip our guide Juan kept us informed about history, geography, culture, and the many birds and plants we saw during the bus rides. The restaurants were very clean and the food was delicious. Hotels were the best and had great views. Juan made sure we had a wonderful trip.Frank R. Derwood, 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
Excellent! Great tour director/guide and very good driver. Interesting venues, and unique accommodations. Good food. We had a wonderful time. And we had a good group of interesting and nice people with us.John D. La Honda, CA
It was great. Most comprehensive tour yet. Informational videos, meals. Locations for meals. Quality of Hotels. Bay tour in San Carlos. Pearl hatchery. The menonite museum visit and lunch The tour guide was outstanding. He went above and beyond Best tour yet. I highly recommend it.Bernardo S. Pasadena, CA
Our trip was wonderful! My wife and I enjoyed every aspect of our journey, from the excellent service provided by our guide Juan to the great food and spectacular sights we visited along the way. We had a large and greatly diversified group that made for great conversation. We especially enjoyed our visit to the boarding school and mixing with the children. Your dedication to helping local people should be commended. Again, great trip and looking forward to our next Gate 1 tour in June.Robert P. Nashua, NH
Excellent. Accommodations, tours, pacing were fine. Carlos, the guide, was very good in terms of information, friendliness, helpfulness, and the dispensing of needed information at the right time. Good planning, Gate 1.Marcia H. Greensboro, NC
The trip was excellent. Our tour guide Sergio could not have done more for us. All in all, we will recommend the trip to our friends.Allan E. Washington, DC
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