Guatemala Holidays

Verdant jungle, breathtaking lakes, impressive volcanoes and an extraordinary history: a holiday to Guatemala has a myriad of unforgettable experiences.

Guatemala has the largest number of Mayan archeological sites in Latin America and it’s known as the heart of the Mayan world. Guatemala’s fascinating archeological sites at Tikal National Park in El Petén in the north are a definite must-see. Rising from the forest, this lost city has five main temples. You can climb the weathered temples’ ancient steps for impressive views over the ancient ruins and vast jungle. History buffs will also love to explore the ruins at Yaxhá, Aguateca, El Mirador, Quiriguá and Qʼumarkaj.

Explore Guatemala’s heritage

What’s also unique about a holiday in Guatemala is that the ancient traditions of Mayan culture, which date back to 900 BC, are still practised. In fact, more than half of Guatemalans have Mayan ancestors, making it the only country in Central America where the indegenous people still make up the majority of the population. Make a visit to the beautiful Lake Atitlán, which is surrounded by impressive volcanoes, blooming wildflowers, coffee fields, and traditional Mayan villages. You can village-hop by boat and discover the artisan workshops and colourful markets; hike to the summit of Volcan San Pedro; tour a coffee farm or take a scenic bike tour. Whichever way you discover the deep sapphire blue Lake Atitlán, it’s guaranteed to become a highlight of your Guatemalan holiday. 

Another must-visit is the Spanish colonial city of Antigua in southern Guatemala. The former capital is a World Heritage Site and its pretty cobbled streets are lined with canary yellow, raspberry red and cerulean blue buildings that date back to the 17th and 18th Century. Take a walking tour to admire the decorative architecture, the beautiful ornate baroque arches, and the earthquake-damaged ruins. This small city surrounded by impressive active volcanoes is a place where time truly has stood still.

Guatemala is rich in cultural sites and staggering natural beauty. The distance between the different places of interest is short, meaning you can see the myriad of Guatemala’s national treasure in one trip. Perhaps you fancy making your holiday to Guatemala a twin-centre adventure to see another country such as Costa Rica. Whatever you’re looking for, call us today and our Destination Specialists can help you create your dream holiday. 

Destination Highlights
  • Visit one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Atitlán, and discover the ancient traditions and lifestyle of its surrounding Mayan villages
  • Hike through the jungle to the lost city of Tikal. Climb the weathered stairs of Temple IV to take in the breathtaking views across the seemingly endless jungle
  • Head to Chichicastenango on Thursday or Sunday to experience the wonderful colours, artisanal products, and atmosphere of this traditional vibrant Mayan market
  • Take a gentle amble along the cobbled streets of Antigua, admiring the splendour of its baroque-style buildings, canary yellow ornate arches and ancient ruins

Time Zone

GMT -6

Flight Time

Approx 11.5 hours from Madrid

Currency

Quetzal

Visa Information

No visa needed for stay up to 90 days

Language

Spanish

Health Information

Check https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries for the latest updated information

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