Journey through a country steeped in Mayan heritage and decorated with extraordinary natural beauty

Mayan culture and heritage are deeply ingrained in Guatemala and the country proudly boasts a collection of outstanding archaeological sites to rival those found over the Mexican border. These range from small and isolated discoveries buried deep in the jungle, all the way up to sprawling fourth century Tikal - the country’s star attraction - where immense pyramids soar above the thick rainforest canopy and provide a home to a surprising abundance of wildlife. Guatemala is about more than historic ruins however, the country is brought to life by colourful Indian markets and enriched by beautiful colonial era cities, the rugged Central Highlands and by the enchanting Lake Atitlan, surrounded by towering volcanoes and lined with small Mayan villages still inhabited by indigenous people in traditional dress.

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Language: Spanish - Capital: Guatemala City - Time Difference: GMT -6 Hours - Flying time from UK: 14H 55M one stop - Currency: Quetzal

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Blue on Lago de Atitlan by Adam Baker - licensed under CC

Lake Atitlan

Surrounded by Volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is the most enchanting lake in Guatemala. Small Mayan villages, each with its own p…

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Tikal

Nestled among the tropical rainforests Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Colu…

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Antigua

Antigua has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and may be the most outstanding and best-preserved colonial city…

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Chichicastenango market by Steven Newton - licensed under CC

Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango is the most famous market in Guatemala, where vendors sell handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, medicina…

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Palacio Nacional by Francisco Anzola - licensed under CC

Guatemala City

Guatemala City is the largest city in Central America, lying on top of the ancient city of Kaminaljuyu, which was occupie…

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guatemala_131 by Jocelyn Saurini - licensed under CC

Aguateca & El Ceibal

Hidden deep in the Guatemalan jungle are these two remote Mayan archaeological sites, offering wonderfully maintained rui…

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Mayan pyramid at Copan by Lauri Väin - licensed under CC

Quirigua & Copan

Just over the border in neighbouring Honduras, Copán is another magnificent Mayan archaeological site, in fact it was one…

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