Semuc Champey, Copan, Quirigua & Rio Dulce 4-day Tour
This tour takes travelers to the top natural and cultural attractions in the southeastern portion of Guatemala. In total, you'll visit Semuc Champey, the Lanquín Caves, Cobán, Copán, Quiriguá, Lívingston, and the San Felipe Castle.
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 96 hrs
- Available Days: Mon
- Schedule: 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This tour begins on Monday morning. You will journey through the departments of El Progreso, Baja Verapaz, and Alta Verapaz as you make your way towards Semuc Champey. Semuc Champey is a natural monument that consists of a series of river-fed pools above limestone rocks. It's a fantastic place to swim, splash around, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
The tour then continues on to the Lanquín Caves. This intricate system of limestone caves has multiple chambers, rooms, and stalacite formations. The caves are a sacred site for Mayans; ceremonies are still held here. Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to Cobán to spend the night.
On Tuesday morning you will continue on to Copán, which is just across the border in Honduras. The archeological site of Copán has an impressive offering of palaces, pyramids, and intricate hieroglyphic carvings. You will stay the night in the nearby town of Copán Ruinas.
On Wednesday morning you will return to Guatemala Country and visit the archeological site of Quiriguá. This is another impressive Maya site that has some of the best-preserved stelae in the country. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Río Dulce for accommodations.
On Thursday morning you'll hop in a boat and head down the Río Dulce to visit the town of Lívingston. Lívingston is a funky town along the Caribbean coast of Guatemala. While here, try out some coconut bread - it's delicious.
After exploring Lívingston you will head back up the river and stop at the San Felipe Castle. This castle is set along the shores of Lake Izabal and is an interesting historical site. In the afternoon you will return to Guatemala City and end the tour here.
The Mayan site of Quiriguá has some of Guatemala’s best-preserved stelae. Set within the Caribbean Lowlands near Lake Izabal, Quiriguá is smaller but similar to the ruins of Copán, especially in regards to the architecture and carving style. It’s far less visited than Copán but nonetheless holds some fabulous Mayan structures.
Set just across the border in Honduras, the Mayan site of Copán features some of the best ruins in the Mayan world. The hieroglyphic carvings here are magnificent, as are the well-restored pyramids, palaces, and stelae. The artistry at Copán is exquisite and without parallel.
The limestone pools at the Semuc Champey Natural Monument have quickly grown into one of the area’s most popular attractions. Set just outside the small town of Lanquín, Semuc Champey is composed of a series of beautiful pools and waterfalls. It’s a fantastic place to swim and relax.
What to Bring
Comfortable shoes and clothes, sunscreen, hat, camera, bottled water, and cash for tips, food, crafts and other souvenirs.
Entrance fees, baggage handling, insurance, and border tax. DOES NOT INCLUDE: Hotel, tips, personal expenditures, and food.
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