Guatemala 10 Days

A winning combination of culture and human landscape in a wild natural environment

Quality catered Chabad Kosher meals are provided on every trip
Gautemala, beautiful and colorful, combines the rich culture and history of the Maya, with spectacular natural sites including active volcanoes and breathtaking green landscapes. We’ll take a stroll through the ruins of Tikal, one of the most impressive archaeological sites of the Mayan, and cruise the Rio Dulce, the vast river in a fascinating tropical area, and we’ll definitely include a visit to Lake Atitlan.

ITINERARY

Next to the village surrounded by tropical forest and banana groves, is the antiquities site, which contains the largest written stone tablets associated with Mayan culture ever discovered. At the end of the visit we’ll continue Puerto Barrios to Livingston, home of the Garifuna, descendants of slaves who were brought to Guatemala by the British.

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The ships that anchored here suffered countless raids which resulted in the goods aboard ship being looted. The fortress was conquered and destroyed many times until the pirate threat ceased at the end of the 18th century. At the end of our visit we’ll travel north to Flores in the district of Ramata.

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Thousands of breathtaking buildings, the remains of the magnificent city built around 700 BC and mysteriously abandoned 1600 years later. The site is unique in the rich jungle life that we’ll encounter including some 300 species of birds, monkeys, giant spiders, mammals and many reptiles, as well as countless types of vegetation. The name Tikal means “the City of Voices” because the sounds of the animals that are heard all around and also because of the special structures built in a sophisticated and interesting architectural style.

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This historic city is famous for its colonial architecture that is characterized by its narrow streets, as well as its unique and colorful houses, that the well preserved historic buildings.

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It’s considered to be the most spectacular market in Guatemala and one of the most remarkable in all of Central America. At the end of the visit we will drive to the marvelous nature reserve of Atitlan. We’ll reach the top of the mountain and see the whole turquoise blue lake and the surrounding villages and volcanoes. We’ll see rivers and waterfalls and many animals. We’ll visit a butterfly farm, with plants of all kinds, flowers of all colors and a multitude of beautiful butterflies. Those interested will be able to go down by Zip Line that zig zags along the entire reserve between the mountains and the green valley filled with spectacular vegetation. At the end of the tour we will arrive to our hotel in Panchachel, a town on the banks of Lake Atitlan.

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We’ll reach the villages by boat. We’ll sail on Lake Atitlan, considered the deepest lake in Central America, surrounded by steep slopes. South of the lake are three volcanoes – Atitlán, San Pedro and Tolimán. The charming village of Santiago Atitlan is the largest of the surrounding villages. We’ll take a walk through the alleys of the village and visit the local market. Here we’ll see the villagers dressed in colorful traditional costumes. We’ll continue to the village of San Pedro La Laguna, which is popular among backpackers from all over the world.

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PRICES & DATES

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* Price per person in USD double or twin room

** Supplement Price for single room

NEED TO KNOW

Price Includes:

Domestic flight
Good and / or first-class hotel accommodation
Half board: Kosher breakfast + ingredients for sandwiches for lunch and a hot dinner.
A comfortable tourist bus is air conditioned for making a trip plan
Tours according to the tour plan
English-speaking local guide
Tips for service providers abroad
Entrance fees for the various sites appearing on the tour plan
English speaking guide from the Shai Bar Ilan team

Price Excludes:

International flights back and forth
Tip for the tour guide (accepted $ 5 per person per day trip)
Shows not included in the program
Expenses of a personal nature
Travel, health and luggage insurance
Anything not specified in the “Price includes”

Important to Know:

There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:

Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:

It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

Terms of cancellation
From the time of registration, US $ 47 per passenger for cancellation fees which will be charged in any case.
From 21-60 working days before embarking on the trip: 30% of the price of the trip to the traveler (on trips to South America cancellation fees apply from 60 working days before the departure of the trip from Israel).
From 7-20 working days before embarking on a trip: 50% of the price of the trip to the passenger.
Less than 7 working days before departure: 100% cancellation fee including all associated costs such as visa.
Cancellation fees for domestic flights: Any flight booked will be subject to full cancellation fees on the passenger.

Important Information
Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not counted as a working day.
If any flight tickets were issued or additional services such as visas were purchased, etc., their prices will be added to the above cancellation fees.
The price of the trip is based on a minimum of 15 paying travelers.
The passenger is responsible for the final updates, all the many changes that are made in the final route after updating domestic flights and changes of travel agents abroad. Tour itineraries undergo changes according to the above, as well as due to serious climatic changes or hazards which require necessary changes. As travel agents, we do not have control over many changes that are required, which are made many months after the tour was originally planned. In the event that the passenger finds it necessary to cancel registration for the tour due to these changes in the itinerary, the passenger will be refunded all his/her money.
The trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the website.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date from the tour.
There may be changes in the itinerary due to changes in internal flight times and other objective reasons.

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