Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Guatemala is located in the northern-most part of Central America and is one of the largest countries in this region. It boasts 37 volcanoes, a rich Mayan heritage, Lake Atitlan, and one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Antigua. Once the center of the impressive ancient Mayan civilization, Guatemala was conquered by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado in 1524. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. These issues have now faded into the past and today Guatemala is a thriving democracy with many varying landscapes, activities and historical venues waiting to be discovered. Enjoy an African safari in the hot and tropical Pacific Coast or explore the cool Mayan highlands where Lake Atitlan and the colonial city of Antigua are located. There is something for every traveler's interest in Guatemala.

Note: Due to time constraints in port, some tours may not be available on every voyage. Please refer to your Cruise Personalizer on princess.com for a complete list of tours available during your cruise. Tour content may vary based on the amount of time in port.

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Points of Interest

  • Antigua
  • Convent de las Capuchinas
  • Iglesia La Merced
  • La Azotea Cultural Center
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Volcanoes
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Chapin Nature Park
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  • Antigua

    Surrounded by mountains and towering volcanoes, this picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site features cobblestone streets, lovely shopping plazas, charming colonial architecture and beautifully restored 300 year-old churches, palaces and convents.

  • Convent de las Capuchinas

    Consecrated in 1736, this convent features a museum, offices for the National Council for the Protection of Antigua and ruins that include a mysterious subterranean chamber and chapel nave.

  • Iglesia La Merced

    Featuring an elaborately ornate yellow and white Baroque façade flanked by two bell towers, this church dates back to the 17th century when it was established as part of a monastery.

  • La Azotea Cultural Center

    Located on a coffee estate, this cultural center features a coffee museum, the Mayan Music Museum housing pre-Columbian Mayan instruments, and the Rincon de Sacatepéquez Museum showcasing traditional Guatemalan dress.

  • Lake Atitlan

    Nestled in the highlands surrounded by volcanoes, this region is home to the modern Maya who distinguish themselves with elaborately woven and stitched clothing that illustrates their beliefs and history.

  • Volcanoes

    The rugged and primordial landscape of Guatemala is home to 37 volcanoes. Among them is the majestic and quite active 8,371-ft. Pacaya Volcano which attracts 65,000 visitors annually.

  • Coffee Plantation

    With varied microclimates, ideal rainfall patterns and rich soils, Guatemala is home to coffee plantations that have been producing some of the world's finest coffees for over a hundred years

  • Chapin Nature Park

    This breathtaking nature reserve features a walk-through zoo and a drive-through safari, where you can observe free-roaming wild animals from Africa and Guatemala from the comfort of your air-conditioned transportation.

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El Barretal Coffee Plantation & Scenic Drive

4.5 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-215
  • Coffee Plantation

Explore one of Guatemala's most renowned coffee farms - located in the shadow of the Pacaya Volcano - during this guided adventure. Discover the history of coffee, learn how coffee is grown and sample the farm's finest blends.

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Colonial Antigua, Jades Museum, & Factory

5 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-110
  • Antigua

Explore colonial Antigua - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - during this leisurely guided excursion that involves minimal walking. Take a city drive to see colonial architecture and restored 17th-century churches and mansions. Tour and shop at the Jade Museum. Visit the Central Plaza featuring historic palaces and fountains.

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Pacaya Volcano Hike & Countryside Drive

6 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-470
  • Volcanoes

Experience an up-close look at the active Pacaya Volcano during this rigorous guided hike. Trek up a mountain and take in panoramic vistas at the volcano's upper platform. Enjoy a beverage and snack during your adventure.

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Colonial Antigua, Museum, Scenic Drive & Lunch

8 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-105
  • Antigua
  • Iglesia La Merced
  • La Azotea Cultural Center

Travel to colonial Antigua and explore its major places of interest, including La Azotea Cultural Center, then savor a delicious lunch on this full-day tour.

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Colonial Antigua, Countryside Scenic Drive & Lunch

8 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-100
  • Iglesia La Merced
  • Antigua
  • La Azotea Cultural Center

Experience the best of colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this full-day guided tour with lunch. This tour is ideal for those who want to see the most.

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Mayan Culture and Mystique & Lunch

9 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-300
  • Volcanoes

Spend a day walking in the footsteps of Mayan warriors with a guided tour of the ancient ruins of Iximche, the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya. Marvel at the royal residences, impressive plazas and ceremonial platforms. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local favorites before you return to your ship.

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Filadelfia Coffee Estate, Colonial Antigua & Lunch

8 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-210
  • Volcanoes
  • Antigua
  • Coffee Plantation

Enjoy a day exploring a working coffee estate and see the processes that are involved in taking coffee from the field to the cup. Then savor a delicious lunch before spending some time exploring the main plaza in colonial Antigua.

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ANTIGUA SIGHT SEEING TOUR, RUM TASTING AND JADE MUSEUM

7 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-275
  • Volcanoes
  • Antigua

Spend a carefree day in the colonial city of Antigua. After a leisurely sightseeing tour, you'll stop for a sampling of Guatemala's finest rums before heading off to lunch. Following lunch, you'll embark on a tour of the jewelry, masks and sculptures on display at the Jade Museum and Factory.

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A Discovery Exclusive - Tikal, Maya City of Voices

9 hours | Puerto Quetzal | PQ1-305

Tap into your inner Indiana Jones as you explore the ancient Maya city of Tikal. So remote, you'll fly then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered the the most extensive and best understood Mayan location in Central America. Lunch in town adds to a perfect day.

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