This 8-day tour focus the historic churches of the Guatemalan Highlands established in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Catholic Missionaries. You will be met by the tour leader and pass your first night in Guatemala City. The following morning we will visit Guatemala’s anthropological museum and travel to Antigua, Central America’s capitol for 200 years before the North American Revolution. Antigua is full of historical churches and ruins established by the full representation of missionary orders of the Catholic church of the Spanish Colonial period. We will spend a day visiting the most important of these sites as well as Antigua’s oldest and most elaborate jade factory.
The next day we will travel to Lake Atitlan, home of 12 Mayan communities, each with its own patron saint and church established in his/her honor. We will spend five days at Atitlan; four days visiting churches and other cultural sites around the Lake and the fifth day in Chichicastenango on a day trip. “Chichi” is the home of the Franciscan church Santo Tomas and is the best example of the religious syncretism found in Guatemala. While there we will also visit the internationally known indigenous open air market and the Mayan worship site of Pascual Abaj.
The next day we will return to Antigua for an overnight stop enroute to the Guatemala airport and return to the United States. This will provide the opportunity to visit other historical churches as well as discretionary shopping and site-seeing.