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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.

Semuc Champey, Guatemala
Coban, 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

from £2,825 pp

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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 £7,145 pp

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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.

Experiences

Meet local communities

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

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.

Bird Watching

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

Uaxactun and Yaxha

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

Temple IV

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

Overnight at the ruins

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

Volcan Pacaya

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

Picnic lunch within the ruins

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

Spend time with Coffee Farmers

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

Sample Local Cuisine

Discover the culinary delights of Antigua’s exceptional street food.

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.

James Armitage

When visiting the Maya ruins of Yaxha, with trees and roots growing out of the stone work, monkeys hanging from trees and macaws flying overhead, James felt like Indiana Jones.
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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 head gear who shufflle through billowing clouds of incense.
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So many thanks indeed for the care and time that you put into organising this trip for us. I cannot underestimate the value of the latter in terms of reading what we wanted and then advising on the best way to achieve that. As I am sure you will know only too well, other operators are over keen to sell “this is what we do”, and make the sale. So thank you for putting together what will be a really memorable experience for us.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: James

John's advice on unique locations and experiences throughout Guatemala were invaluable.

Destination: Guatemala
Travel Expert: John

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