Modestly sized Guatemala is a magical mix of ancient culture, ancestral customs and a combination of Catholic and Mayan traditions, plus a monopoly of colourful people, verdant landscapes and impressive historical architecture. Guatemala holidays show spectacular landscapes enveloped by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which seemingly transform minute by minute and include at least 19 different ecosystems.
Verdant landscapes and impressive historical architecture abound, while the legacy of the Mayan civilisation is highlighted at Tikal where stone pyramids protrude from the thick tropical treetops. The Mayan civilisation flourished in the tropical forested lowlands and their legacy can be experienced at Tikal. Tikal in Guatemala is among the most impressive of the Mayan ruins and the 1 hour flight from the capital saves over 10 hours overland travel.
Chichicastenango is one of Latin America’s best and most colourful indigenous markets and this is easily reached as part of a 3 day circular tour of Guatemala’s Western Highlands, including beautiful Lake Atitlan.
Within its terrain, the beautiful former colonial capital of Antigua, built by the Spanish conquistadores has become the quintessential location to learn Spanish in the Americas. Antigua is the former colonial capital of Central America is an elegant colonial town beautifully surrounded by perfectly shaped volcanoes and patchwork farmlands. For 200 years it was only surpassed in importance throughout the American continent by Mexico City and Lima. Today the exquisite Spanish colonial centre offers elegant 16th and 17th century architecture, tranquil central squares and convents, chapels and monasteries on every corner. Present day whims are also wonderfully catered for with stylish boutique hotels, luxurious shops and superb international cuisine alongside indigenous Mayan markets. Stay at the towns deluxe hotels and discover Antigua really is unique in the world.
Travel to Guatemala is excellent to combine neighbouring Belize, as it offers the perfect beach addition with 300 kilometres of Mesoamerican Reef running along its Caribbean Coast. We can put together a bespoke luxury tour for both countries.