Antigua itself is a very safe and relaxed, as well as beautiful, colonial town and the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding hills, rural villages and lakes. Let your children try a few words of Spanish and barter for colourful gifts and textiles in the friendly market of Chichicastenango.
Families who crave active adventures can hike if you fancy a South America trekking holiday or bike up the active Pacaya volcano and through villages alongside Lake Atitlan, whose inhabitants still wear traditional local costume and who are descended from their Mayan ancestors, making Guatemala the perfect destination for Mayan holidays.
Take a boat ride out on the lake to the village of Santiago to search out the house where the Mayan god Maximon is living, and meet the local shaman. Visit community and Fairtrade farms to see how coffee is made, and meet the local farmers and their families whilst on your Guatemala luxury holiday.
Venture north to the spectacular Mayan site of Tikal, which has a whole array of steep pyramids to climb, set amid dense jungle, where you can look out for toucans and howler monkeys. You can sleep overnight at a private camp at a small Mayan site, where you can meet local families from a traditional Mayan community.
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