Santa Catalina Arch, Antigua, Agua Volcano, Guatemala

Antigua

Antigua is undoubtedly one of the most visited towns in Central America and it is easy to see why.

Astonishingly beautiful and remarkably traditional, wander around Antigua’s cobbled streets, its colourful market and peek through colonial doorways that hide colourful courtyards bursting with flowers and fountains.

Soak up the laidback atmosphere and the smiling welcome of the indigenous Maya with many of the women still in their traditional dress. Stay in one of the many characterful boutique hotels, sample Guatemalan culinary delights in the many small restaurants, shop for jade and textiles and enjoy the relaxed pace of life.

Saint James Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala
Saint James Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala

All About Antigua

A UNESCO World Heritage site, the colonial city of Antigua was once one of the regional capitals of the Spanish Empire. Peaceful and well-organised, the city is awash with elegant colonial architecture enlivened with pastel facades and clumps of colourful bougainvillea. Nestled between three towering volcanic peaks, Antigua is picturesque and charming. It is well worth spending a couple of days exploring the city, its squares and churches – many of which were destroyed in a series of earthquakes in the 18th century – and the surrounding countryside.

Tikal Ruins, Guatemala
Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

Highlights of Guatemala

Unveiling some of the most visually stunning landscapes in vibrant Guatemala, this trip journeys from dazzling high altitude lakes to ancient Mayan ruins.
Encompassing Shaman ceremonies, traditional textile weaving workshops and an expertly guided tour of Tikal, this customisable itinerary is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to one of the most vivid countries in Central America.

8 days

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Scarlet Macaw, Copan Mayan Ruins, Honduras
Copan Mayan Ruins, Honduras

Epic Maya Journey: Mexico, Guatemala & Honduras

An exploration of the ancient Maya sites of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, this route strikes the perfect balance between ancient temples, dense jungles and dazzling lakes. Unveil some of the most visually stunning landscapes in the Americas and a series of world-renowned archaeological sites, with the added bonus of having a chance to attend a private Shaman ceremony.

20 days

from £8,215 pp

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Experiences

Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Chichicastenango market, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan Market

Visit one of the highland markets, much less-visited by tourists.

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Men in traditional dress, Guatemala

Meet local communities

Explore the many lakeside villages and visit the revered idol Maximon.

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Kayaking on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan Adventures

Kayak on the lake, enjoy the adrenaline thrill of a zip line or the unique experience of diving in the volcanic crater-lake.

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Bird Watching

Visit Lake Atitlan and make the most of its excellent bird watching opportunities.

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Uaxactun Mayan site

Uaxactun and Yaxha

Visit some of the more remote nearby sites of Uaxactun and Yaxha.

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Tikal, Guatemala

Temple IV

Climb to the top of Temple IV, for glorious views above the jungle canopy.

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Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

Overnight at the ruins

Stay next to Tikal for early access to the archaeological zone and to discover the sounds of the surrounding jungle at night.

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Tikal, Guatemala

Picnic lunch within the ruins

Explore the archaeological park and then find a shaded spot between the Maya superstructures for a luxury picnic lunch

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Horse on Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Volcan Pacaya

Climb the active Volcan Pacaya and experience the smoking crater and incredible views.

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DLG Coffee Tour, Antigua, Guatemala

Spend time with Coffee Farmers

Meet the independent coffee farmers and have a traditional lunch with a local family.

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Where to Stay

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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John Faithfull

John’s most recent trip to Guatemala was for Semana Santa (Holy Week), a heady mix of colourful processions where huge swaying floats are carried on the shoulders of purple-clad brotherhoods in high pointed headgear who shuffle through billowing clouds of incense.

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