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Guatemala holidays

Overview

If you’re looking for adventure, then look no further than Guatemala. Holidays at the very heart of Central America of this dynamic destination will take you from bustling markets, to towering volcanic peaks and the incredible jungle ruins of the Maya Empire.

A compact yet hugely diverse country, Guatemala offer travellers a truly authentic experience and there’s no better place to start than the beautifully preserved colonial city of Antigua (literally “Old”). Located in the south of the country this intoxicating town with its colourful facades and hospitable people offers a fascinating insight into the real Guatemala.From here travel northwest to Lake Atitlan and its volcanoes, that hug the lakeshore, and for the active why not explore this spectacular region on a guided trek.

Of course no trip to Guatemala would be complete without a visit to the world famous Maya ruins of Tikal in the north of the country which can be reached by road or by air. Situated in the remote northern forests, this UNESCO World Heritage Site will mesmerize with its spectacular architecture, rich and dramatic history and its tropical surroundings. Guatemala holidays promise adventure, originality and an entirely unforgettable experience.

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Recommended Trip

Maya Magic & Mystery

Day 1 Arrival in Guatemala city and transfer to La Antigua.

Day 2 Half day Coffee tour. Visit some of the families who are small independent coffee producers and where you can work side by side with farmers in their daily coffee processing, pick, pulp, ferment, wash, dry, trilla, sort, and grade the coffee.

Day 3 Transfer to the town of Comalapa and visit some local painters who continue the tradition of naïve paintings that the town is so famous for. Finally you can visit the wonderful authentic market of Comalapa to see the local people go about their daily  life. Guests will enjoy a local lunch before heading off to explore the Maya ruins of Iximiche.

Day 4 Transfer to By car and  by boat to San Juan La Laguna Village where you will visit a local textile cooperative to see the back strap loom in use and to see how they still dye with natural dyes. After lunch you will walk with the local guide to find the house where the Maya God Maximon is living. Once with Maximon you may see local shaman performing rituals for local people and if you wish you can have a personal ceremony performed.

Day 5 Transfer out to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Along the way you will see the local Maya people in their traditional dress going about their daily lives. After lunch you will be driven to Guatemala City. Flight to Flores.

Day 6 Afternoon tour to Yaxha National Park. Set atop a hill overlooking two scenic lakes this is a particularly picturesque site. You will climb to the top of a temple where you will enjoy sunset, drinks and snacks while watching the sunset over the surrounding rainforest and nearby lake Yaxha. Then trek back through the jungle.

Day 7 Tikal National Park tour. You will experience the sights and sounds of tropical birds and animals. Then guests will follow in the footsteps of Maya royalty and commoners as our guide leads them to such sites as the majestic Great Plaza and its Temple of the Jaguar, Temple of Masks, The Acropolis and much more. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant. Flight to Guatemala city.

Day 8 With so much to discover, any effort to better get to know this town is sure to be worth your while. Transfer to Guatemala City airport.

 

Guatemala holiday price from €2,655 per person sharing + taxes

Includes all flights indicated tours, transfers and accommodation (bed and breakfast basis unless otherwise stated)

 

Guatemala holidays

Guatemala Profile

Size
1.55 times Ireland
Population
15 million
Capital
Guatemala City
Other Main Cities
Villa Nueva, Antigua Guatemala
Currency
Guatemalan quetzal (take EURO with you)
Climate
Tropical
Language
Spanish
Time Difference
GMT – 6
Health
Consult GP and/or Tropical Medical Bureau