Experience the very best of the Mayan world with a visit to arguably Central America’s most diverse country. Visitors are routinely captivated by Guatemala’s extraordinary landscapes and a civilization-spanning culture that reaches back centuries.
Situated in the heart of the Mayan World, and with an extraordinarily large amount to offer alongside its Mayan heritage and colonial cities, Guatemala claims an enormous diversity of natural riches; from active volcanoes around the valley of Antigua to majestic rivers in Alta Verapaz, and impressive lakes in the Solola region.
The city of Antigua, (not to be confused with Antigua and Barbuda) is the former Central American capital, and sits nestled between active volcanoes and lush vegetation, while is famous for its colonial architecture, cobblestoned streets, horse carriages, and enchanting gardens. Travel north to discover the sparkling Lake Atitlan, that comes complete with breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes.
While you’re here you’ll have the opportunity to experience the different indigenous Mayan communities that surround the lake, that make this region a cultural treasure. Visit Chichicastenango, on market day to witness a flood of Mayans in their traditional clothing. To this day, Mayan priests from far away make their way to the town to participate in the traditional Mayan ceremonies held in the old church here.
Travel north and you’ll find Tikal, and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Central America. It is also home to one of the few World Heritage properties protected for both natural and cultural importance, for its extraordinary biodiversity and archaeological significance.
Our favourite site is the temple of Yaxha, one of the most important sites from the entire Mayan world, situated just outside Tikal. Take a guided tour of the ancient ruins here to learn all about the history and myths that make this place so magical. Then take a romantic wine & cheese picnic at the foot of the Yaxha temple, with background soundtrack provided by a concert of cicadas.
Map and travel information
Reach Costa Rica via a stopover in the US, where we recommend spending the night and catching your connecting flight the following morning.