Guatemala tailor-made holidays
Mayan culture is alive and well in Guatemala. From the spectacular archaeological sites to the Mayan communities that still exist, Guatemala travel is all about exploring the past and Guatemala holidays are the best way of uncovering the secrets of this extraordinary society.
The capital Guatemala City is a sprawling, chaotic place but is home to some good museums with stunning Mayan artefacts. The town of Flores is the access point for the Tikal National Park, which is home to the majestic and massive ruin of Tikal. A vast complex of pyramidal temples, causeways and plazas it was inhabited for a thousand years before being overrun by the jungle. It's now also a good place to see wildlife and spot tropical birds.
Aside from Mayan monuments, Guatemala's natural wonders also clamour for attention. Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America; the Tajumulco Volcano, which you can walk to the top of, is Central America's highest point and the Caribbean Coast, with its unspoilt villages and a shoreline offering sailing, fishing and scuba diving is one of the best in the region. Visit Tilapita or Monterrico to enjoy the beaches.
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Where to go in Guatemala
Tikal is a jewel in the crown of pre-Columbian Maya heritage. This immense structure dates back as far as the 4th century BC, its tiered sides typical of ancient Maya architecture. This site was once at the heart of one of the most powerful Mayan Kingdoms in the Americas, something that becomes app…
Central America is the ancestral home of the Maya people; an ancient civilisation that still clings on in Guatemala, especially in the small communities living in and around Lake Atitlan. Located in the Guatemalan Highlands, an area stretching from Antigua to the Mexican boarder, Atitlan is awash i…
Antigua is one of the best examples of colonial architecture in the Americas, with many of the buildings dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. However, there is a twist in the tale of this historic city; built on a region prone to earthquakes, the buildings stand fully erect in some areas, while o…
Top itineraries in Guatemala
Archeologists working in a Mayan pyramid in Guatemala have discovered an "extraordinary" stucco sculpture depicting gods and Mayan leaders.
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One of the oldest Mayan tombs ever discovered has been found in Guatemala.
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