Guatemala

Getting to know Guatemala

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Jungle strewn ruins, atmospheric colonial towns and stunning countryside

While Guatemala might not have any tropical beaches of note, it more than makes up for this with an abundance of history, culture and outstanding natural beauty.

Geographically, Guatemala can broadly be divided into the cooler, mountainous, highland region to the south and the hotter, flat, lowland region of Peten to the north.

However, no matter where you are, and more so than in any other country in Central America, the past lives on in Guatemala thanks to its large, indigenous Mayan population, many of whom are to be found in isolated villages living lives not much different from their ancestors.

The first Mayan settlements were to be found in the highlands but, as the population grew, they pushed north into Peten, modern day Belize and the neighbouring Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico so, no matter where you find yourself, you’re never that far from an ancient Mayan site.

The largest, and most famous of these Mayan sites are to be found in Peten, ancient cities such as Tikal, Yaxha and Mirador that were once home to huge populations being before abandoned to the surrounding jungle. Today there are countless ancient ruins accessible to visitors. Some, like Tikal, are popular with visitors while others you may have entirely to yourself.

As with the rest of Central America, Guatemala was once part of the Spanish empire and, in historic Antigua, visitors will discover one of the most enchanting colonial-era towns to be found anywhere in the Americas.

If this combination of Mayan & Colonial isn’t enough to convince you, Guatemala is also home to some of the most stunning scenery in Central America, be it glass-like Lake Atitlan, the plethora of dramatic volcanoes studded across the highlands or the hot, steamy jungles of Peten that are rich in flora and fauna.

And just in case you do want a bit of beach to round things off, neighbouring Belize beckons!

Guatemalan Destinations

Guatemala is home to charming colonial towns, atmospheric Mayan ruins and dramatic scenery

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Accommodation in Guatemala

Guatemala has a broad range of accommodation options with the best quality hotels found in the key visitor destinations

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Guatemalan Itineraries

Getting around Guatemala isn't always easy so a Car & Driver service is our recommendation

Trips in Guatemala

Across Guatemala we offer a variety of enjoyable Trips lasting anything from an hour to a full day

When to visit Guatemala

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