updated 2/19/2009 10:36:06 AM ET 2009-02-19T15:36:06

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Guatemala City on an American Airlines or Taca Airlines carrier, regional ground transportation by private bus, six nights' accommodations, breakfast daily, entrance fees, the services of English-speaking tour guides, hotel taxes, and service charges, from $1,060 per person — plus estimated airport taxes ranging from $106–$185.

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When: April 1–June 30, Aug. 16–Dec. 9, 2009; add $100 through March 31, July 1–Aug. 15; $250 for Dec. 10–31.

Gateways: Miami; add $180 for Chicago, D.C., New York (via Taca); $198 for Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, D.C., Houston, L.A., Newark, New York (American); $250 for L.A. (Taca), San Francisco (both); $290 for Chicago (American); additional gateways available.

The fine print: Airport taxes and fees fluctuate between an additional $106 and $185 per person, depending on your gateway. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $162; deduct $90 per person for triple occupancy. Maximum group size is 45 people per bus. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Tara Tours, 800/327-0080, taratours.com.

Tour highlights: There's a morning city tour of colonial houses, churches, convents, and monasteries in Antigua Guatemala. You get to visit an indigenous market and the church of Santo Tomás in Chichicastenango. Stop at the Panajachel village on Lake Atitlán before continuing to Guatemala City for a day of exploring on your own.

More: A day trip to Tikal starts at $286 per person and includes airfare, bus transportation, and breakfast. If you'd like to spend more time in Guatemala, you can extend your stay for an additional $51 per person per night in a double room at Barceló Guatemala City hotel; deduct $2 per person for a triple; add $51 for single occupancy. Or stay at Porta Hotel Antigua for an additional $69 per person per night in a double room; deduct $16 per person for a triple; add $40 for single occupancy.

Before you go: For up-to-date information on Guatemala, visit the country's official tourism Web site.

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