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Guatemala Holidays - A Central American jewel

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Guatemala is the very essence of what Central America is all about – from its intricate, coloured textiles and Mayan-influenced rural communities, to the soaring ruins of its ancient civilisations, and the natural splendour of its jungles, dramatic highlands and volcanoes. Bordered by Mexico, Belize and Honduras, this beautiful country is truly a Central American jewel – rich in culture, stunning scenery, and flora and fauna.

The spectacular highlands provide a temperate and sunny climate year-round, and it’s here that you’ll detect ancient Mayan influences on the essentially rural population. The gorgeous former colonial capital of Antigua is a wonderful place to start your luxury holiday to Guatemala, wandering its cobbled streets and shady squares, before exploring colourful indigenous markets to haggle for vivid woven textiles.

Religious festivals mix indigenous and Catholic rituals in a heady mix of colour and ceremony, and Mayan deities are still revered in the small communities around Lake Atitlan.

East of the highlands on your Guatemala luxury holiday, you descend into thicker vegetation and a more humid climate as you head towards the coast at Livingston, via the Rio Dulce or ‘Sweet River’ – you may even be lucky enough to spot manatees on the river-boat ride.

The Caribbean coast gives way to an entirely different culture – that of the Garifuna, with its Afro-Caribbean flavour and vibe. Further north, you’ll encounter dense rainforest echoing with the loud calls of howler monkeys, and a profusion of impressive Mayan sites.

Each displays the dramatic pyramids and ball courts of this ancient and sophisticated civilisation, testament to the cluster of once mighty cities that ranged from southern Mexico, through Guatemala, into Belize, and even as far south as Honduras.

Luxury holidays to Guatemala are imbued with a mesmerising mix of culture, wildlife, active adventure and history – and with our wealth of personal experience and knowledge, we can add the expert touches. This extraordinary country has some wonderful secret corners, which we’d truly love to share with you when we create your tailored holidays to Guatemala.

Our hand-picked guides are experts in their respective fields – whether archaeologists, historians or cultural specialists – and make for perfect travelling companions when it comes to enhancing your enjoyment of your Guatemala luxury holiday.

We would love to hear from you. To find out more about tailormade luxury holidays in Guatemala, or to obtain inspiration for a holiday, please contact us by phone or e-mail, or complete our online enquiry form.

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Guatemala Family Holidays

The highlands around Antigua and Lake Atitlan offer a year round pleasant spring-like climate, and make the ideal place to begin your family holiday in Guatemala.
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La Antigua is the beautiful former colonial capital of Guatemala, a most charming base from which to explore the highlands, and a relaxed and well preserved town of 17th and 18th century architecture.
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Lake Atitlan

Famously described by author Aldous Huxley as being “the most beautiful lake in the world”, Lake Atitlan certainly has one of the most scenic locations set in Guatemala’s lush highlands.
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Central highlands

The remote and rural area of Guatemala’s highlands forms an extensive region from Antigua up to the Mexican Border and into central Guatemala, where small villages live a very traditional way of life.
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El Peten & Tikal

This lowland area of northern Guatemala is home to dense lush rainforests and was once a centre for some of the ancient Mayans’ most impressive cities, such as the spectacular pyramids of Tikal.
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Livingston & Rio Dulce

This area of Guatemala is unique as it is home to Lago Izabal – Guatemala’s largest lake, fed by the Rio Dulce; this is also the only area where you can encounter coastal Garifuna culture.
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Take a trip into nearby Honduras to visit the Mayan site of Copan, with its unique intricately carved stelae, and explore these remarkable ruins in the company of resident archaeologist David Sedat.
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Easter in Antigua

Head to the colonial city of Antigua particularly during the Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) celebrations when the city’s cobbled streets are filled with colourful processions and music.
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Jungle camp

Camp in comfort in the jungle and discover hidden Mayan ruins in the northern forests of the country.
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Guatemalan flavours

Shop with a textiles expert and discover how to identify where local people come from by the design and colour of their traditional costume.
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Community projects

Explore a highlands coffee plantation by visiting a local co-operative supported by NGO As Green As It Gets.
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Kite Festival

The Kite Festival celebrating November’s Day of the Dead fills the skies with a mass of colourful homemade kites.
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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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