Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala
Guatemalan Rum, Aged in the Clouds; and Antigua Sightseeing Tour
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Approximately 7¼ Hours
Travel by coach through the Guatemalan lowlands -- rich and fertile and planted mostly in sugar cane. Four volcanoes -- Agua, Fuego, Acatenango and Pacaya -- dominate a landscape formed by the meeting of various tectonic plates.
Tour one of the most famous colonial cities in America from the comfort of your air-conditioned motorcoach. Changing scenery and varying ecosystems and microclimates are your companions as you reach 5,000 feet above sea level and arrive at the city that once was the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala -- Antigua. At one time, the kingdom included all of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as well as the state of Chiapas in Mexico. The "new" city of Antigua was built in 1543 to be one of the three most beautiful cities of the Spanish Indies. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Earthquake-prone Antigua boasts a variety of architectural styles, most of which date back to before 1775. Since then, the city has become a living museum with a distinct nostalgia for it splendid past evident among its cobblestone streets.
Head to Casa del Ron, where an expert bartender and rum connoisseur will guide you through a tasting of Guatemala's finest rums. You will learn how the different elevations at which the cane is grown influence the flavor and body of the finished product, and how to combine the different rums with a variety of foods for a terrific pairing. Some of the rum is indeed 'aged in the clouds', thanks to the shroud of mist that often evelopes the higher elevations of Guatemala.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant. Then, visit a jade factory and museum to learn how this hard rock is transformed into beautiful jewelry and perhaps buy a piece for yourself.