The International Air Rally organizes yearly events that celebrate aviation and friendship !
Every year, fun, passionate and like-minded people get together to share unique and binding experiences. Flying to Central America for most, is a new adventure. The Itinerary is planned taking into consideration slowest aircraft. Alternate “overland route” are always suggested but not mandatory.
Sunday, February 19 (Marathon, KMTH) : All participants are greeted by the outstanding service of Marathon General Aviation FBO and get together for a Welcome Briefing at the Marathon Marriott Courtyard hotel. All for one, one for All ! We are in for an unforgettable adventure!
Monday, February 20th (Cozumel, Mexico):
It’s a GO! We arrive in Cozumel, Mexico: At the E. Toledo Airport. Cap. Toledo is passionate about aviation and an aerobatic pilot. This passion lead him to build his own airport and invite some of the most famous aerobatic performers every year! The Air Rally group is greeted by a reception with Mariachis at the all-inclusive Hotel Cozumel. It is time to relax, go for a diving expedition, explore the island on a motorcycle or enjoy the beach before the flight to Chichen Itza!
Wednesday, February 22nd: Fly your plane to Chichen Itza (MMCT) – 86NM!
Chichen Itza is th 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Tza is known as one of the seven wonders of the world.
Just 3 km away, is one of the most beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula: Cenote Ik Kil (deep natural sink hole).
Thursday, February 23rd: Rally of the Americas lands in Guatemala!
Flying next to volcanos and getting to the Quetzaltenango Valley located 8,000′ was one of the most incredible flights. Simply breathtaking.
At the Palacio Municipalidad de Quetzaltenango with Mayor Grijalda and his beautiful wife! Participants of the Rally of the Americas received well deserved honors for reaching the 8000 feet high airport! All were given a certificate of recognition.
The next day the Air Rally group visited Salcaja, best known for the Roman Catholic chapel Ermita Concepcion la Conquistadora (San Jacinto). The church was built in 1524 by the Franciscans, the same year the Maya K’iche’ kingdom was conquered by the Spanish conquistadores, and is the first church built in Central America.
The church is normally closed to tourists. Thanks to the intervention of the Mayor of Salcaja: Miguel Ovalle, who was very proud to introduce us to his city, the Ermita Concepcion la Conquistadora was open for our visit.
Air Rally participants were invited to the wedding of Floridalma and Mauricio in Quetzaltenango! Authentic experiences with amazing people.
Sunday, February 26th: Antigua, Guatemala
Next stop: Antigua for a relaxing stay at the gorgeous Camino Real Hotel. Antigua UNESCO World Heritage, is among the world’s best preserved 16th Century colonial cities that brings you back 300 years. Strolling through town on cobblestone streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times!
Camino Real Hotel:
Its setting is majestic, nestled between three dramatic volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Guatemala is amazing!
Tuesday, February 28th: Flores & Tikal, Guatemala
No time to waste! From the airport Mundo Maya where we landed a bus takes us to the Tikal site reachable in 45 – 60 minutes. Staying overnight in the jungle is a MUST at the lovely and comfortable Jungle lodge.
We experienced the magic of the Peten jungle and the ancient Maya civilisation with a visit to the Tikal ruins buried deep in the Peten jungle. Tikal, UNESCO World Heritage site, most important archaeological discovery of this century, comprising some 3,000 massive stone temples and palaces dating back 6,000 years.
We could hear the spider monkeys howler as they swing on the treetops!
And we were lucky to see so much wildlife!!
Wednesday, March 1st: Flores, Guatemala
The finale took place in Flores, a small village built on an island of Lake Peten Itza. Charming cobbled stone streets and alleys, colorful houses, and a splendid cathedral.