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Mayan culture and heritage are deeply ingrained in Guatemala and the country proudly boasts a collection of outstanding archaeological sites to rival those found over the Mexican border. These range from small and isolated discoveries buried deep in the jungle, all the way up to sprawling fourth century Tikal - the country’s star attraction - where immense pyramids soar above the thick rainforest canopy and provide a home to a surprising abundance of wildlife. Guatemala is about more than historic ruins however, the country is brought to life by colourful Indian markets and enriched by beautiful colonial era cities, the rugged Central Highlands and by the enchanting Lake Atitlan, surrounded by towering volcanoes and lined with small Mayan villages still inhabited by indigenous people in traditional dress.

We invite you to browse our selection of Guatemala holidays below. These itineraries have been carefully planned by our destination specialists to optimise your time and provide a deeper perspective on Guatemala.

Specialist Knowledge

Need some help with your trip? Paulo Veloso has travelled extensively across Guatemala and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

Colonial Heritage

The 16th century Spanish conquest devastated what remained of the Mayan population, but the era left behind some wonderful colonial towns and cities with special atmospheres.

Markets & Weavings

If exploring Guatemala's ruins is the best way to understand its astonishing history, then touring its traditional markets is the perfect way to see how this past continues to thrive.

Mayan Archaeology

Buried deep in the jungle, Guatemala’s archaeological sites offer you the chance to step back in time as they paint a picture of life during Mayan times.

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Where to Visit in Guatemala
Popular locations and hidden gems

Lake Atitlan

Surrounded by Volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is the most enchanting lake in Guatemala. Small Mayan villages, each with its own perso…

Tikal

Nestled among the tropical rainforests Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbia…

Antigua

Antigua has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and may be the most outstanding and best-preserved colonial city in…

Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango is the most famous market in Guatemala, where vendors sell handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, medicinal pl…

Guatemala City

Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America, lying on top of the ancient city of Kaminaljuyu, which was occupied fo…

Aguateca & El Ceibal

Hidden deep in the Guatemalan jungle are these two remote Mayan archaeological sites, offering wonderfully maintained ruins.

Quirigua & Copan

Just over the border in neighbouring Honduras, Copán is another magnificent Mayan archaeological site, in fact it was one of…

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