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The former capital, Antigua, is one of the most captivating destinations in the whole of the Americas and is filled with cobbled streets, bustling plazas and candy coloured facades. The Spanish history of this beguiling city is displayed prominently in the well preserved colonial buildings whilst its Mayan heritage is woven into the city's core with colour, culture and tradition visible on every corner. A short drive away, Lake Atitlan enjoys a spectacular location in the shadow of three dramatic smouldering volcanoes. With traditional communities living on the shores this is a wonderful place to experience some of the rich cultural heritage of Guatemala, it also offers an opportunity to see how local textiles are made and learn about the Mayan Gods.
To the north the imposing remains of mighty Tikal, the seductive lost city of the Mayans, represent just the tip of the iceberg of these ruins, with much of the site still being reclaimed from the surrounding jungle. Your imagination will be fired as the pyramids and massive stone temples reveal themselves and you hear about the extraordinary civilisation that built it. A dawn tour of these enigmatic ruins, when the early morning mist combines with the eerie roar of the howler monkeys, is simply unmissable.
OUR HOLIDAYS TO GUATEMALA
Guatemala & Costa Rica Discovery
15 days / 14 nights
This unforgettable private tour showcases two different sides of Central America. Discover Mayan history and culture in Guatemala plus stunning scenery and wildlife in Costa Rica.
WHERE TO GO IN GUATEMALA
Tikal & El Petén
Rio Dulce & Livingston
OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN GUATEMALA
Meson Panza Verde
AntiguaLocated on a quiet street, a short walk from the main plaza and cathedral this hotel is full of rustic charm. There is a lovely roof terrace, small pool and an art gallery where yoga classes are held each morning. The atmospheric restaurant serves excellent international cuisine, often accompanied by live classical music.
Lake AtitlánLocated in the hills above the small village of Santa Catarina Palopó, this intimate boutique hotel boasts wonderful views over Lake Atitlán and the surrounding volcanoes. Relax by the infinity pool and take in the views before you enjoy the spectacular sunset.
El PeténSet within lush rainforest overlooking Lake Petén Itza, Francis Ford Coppola’s beautiful retreat is situated an hour’s drive from the ruins of Tikal. Take a dip in the pool or explore the shimmering waters of the lake in a canoe. The relaxed rooftop bar is the perfect spot for a sundowner.
THINGS TO DO IN GUATEMALA
Pacaya Volcano Hike
Enjoy spetacular views as you hike around steaming crevices and molton rock
Learn the cultural and historic significance of the eats on offer while visiting Antigua’s bustling market
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Top Tips From Our Experts
It's worth spending a few days exploring beautiful Lake Atitlan. Surrounded by striking volcanoes, use the local shuttle boats to reach the surrounding villages which each have their own unique flavour.
Rise early to be one of the first visitors into the Mayan site of Tikal in northern Guatemala. The early morning mists and the roars of the howler monkeys in the trees above add to the atmosphere of this fascinating site.
Sitting in the shadows of three volcanoes, the World Heritage Site of Antigua is packed with beautiful colonial buildings and atmospheric churches.
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