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Guatemala

Guatemala Holidays


Guatemala is steeped in Mayan traditions and home to some of the most spectacular ruins in Central America. Though small, this little country has more than its fair share of outstanding beauty, from stunning lakes and picture-perfect volcanoes to charming colonial cities scattered with fabulous boutique hotels.

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
Private Tour
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

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Antigua
Antigua
Standing in the shadow of three volcanoes, Guatemala’s former capital is now a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main square is a great place to observe local daily life or wander the cobbled streets and discover atmospheric churches and museums. Antigua also boasts a multitude of restaurants and alfresco cafés.
Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlán
The mesmerising waters of beautiful Lake Atitlán sit under the watchful eye of majestic volcanoes. Explore the lake by motor boat and visit the vibrant villages that are dotted around the lake shore. These villages are steeped in Mayan culture and you are sure to see many local ladies proudly wearing brightly coloured traditional dress unique to their village.
Tikal & El Petén
Tikal & El Petén
Hidden deep within the jungle of the El Petén region sit the magnificent ruins of ancient Tikal which date back to the 4th Century. Explore this once mighty kingdom in the early morning mists to the eerie sound of howler monkeys. El Petén is also home to the beautiful Lake Petén Itza and the busy but charming island town of Flores.
Rio Dulce & Livingston
Rio Dulce & Livingston
Located at the mouth of the Rio Dulce and accessible only by boat, charismatic Livingston is home to the Garífuna people, who are originally from St Vincent and still retain their own cultural identity and traditions. Take a boat trip though the Rio Dulce gorge to spot wildlife and enjoy the spectacular jungle views.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN GUATEMALA

Meson Panza Verde
3 plus star

Antigua

Located 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.
Casa Palopó
4 plus star

Lake Atitlán

Located 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.
La Lancha
4 star

El Petén

Set 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
Approx 6 hours
Enjoy spetacular views as you hike around steaming crevices and molton rock
Streetfood tour
Approx 2 hours
Learn the cultural and historic significance of the eats on offer while visiting Antigua’s bustling market

When is the best time to visit Guatemala?

Guatemala Climate Guide
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FEB

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MAR

25
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APR

26
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MAY

25
7h  12cm

JUN

23
6h  24cm

JUL

23
6h  19cm

AUG

24
7h  15cm

SEP

23
5h  23cm

OCT

22
6h  13cm

NOV

22
7h  2cm

DEC

22
8h  1cm

Top Tips From Our Experts

Expert Travel Consultants
Paul Taylor

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.

Expert Travel Consultants
Michelle Tachon

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.

Expert Travel Consultants
Pete Waters

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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Guatemala Fast Facts

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Time Zone

GMT
-6 hours

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Flight Time to Guatemala

Approx
12½ hours

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Currency

Quetzal

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For stays over 90 days only

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Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
Malaria
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