Anyone looking to go on honeymoon during the British winter or spring should strongly consider Guatemala, which is best visited between November and April.

It may be one of the smallest Central American countries but Guatemala packs quite the punch on pretty much every front: bags of culture in the form of some impressive Mayan ruins and colourful colonial towns, lush tropical jungle, mountains, volcanoes and, importantly for honeymooners, some charming boutique hotels. After all, being intrepid is all very well and good but very few people want to completely forego their creature comforts.

For a flavour of everything Guatemala has to offer, start off in the lovely colonial town of Antigua Guatemala. Meander through its labyrinthine streets, admiring the colourful buildings and architecture and soaking up the local culture, where traditional dress is still very much evident. For something a little more action-packed, Lake Atitlan is the place to be. Surrounded by looming volcanoes, the lake itself is physically stunning, and best explored by hiking, cycling and taking to water in a kayak or motorised boat. For some history, head to Tikal (which needs no introduction) or the lesser-known Uaxactun. Honeymooners will very much get the sense that they are seeing the real Latin America, and not the sanitised tourist version, which is why Guatemala makes for the perfect intrepid honeymoon destination.

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Many of the hotels we recommend in Guatemala are family run and so retain their local charm and style, ensuring you have the most authentic honeymoon experience possible.

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Colourful Head Masks in Guatemala

Guatemala

One of the more 'original' destinations on the Original Travel books, Guatemala is a near perfect distillation of all that's so alluring about Central America - Mayan ruins, fascinating culture, beautiful scenery, intriguing cities and an all important sense of authenticity.

What to do

Lake Atitlan Villages

Lake Atitlan Villages

Lake Atitlan is surrounded by a dozen or so small villages, each with its own distinctive feel. Although most remain fairly quiet, tourism is becoming more of a significant presence in almost all of them.

Yaxha

Yaxha

45 miles to the west of Flores, the gateway to the north, lie the archaeological site of Yaxha.

Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango

The mountain village of Chichicastenango, three hours from Antigua, is especially worth visiting on Thursdays and Sundays when indigenous Mayans from the surrounding villages come to trade at the market.

Where to stay

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor is an authentic mansion steeped in 500 years of history, evident the minute one steps through its heavy oak doors.

Casa Encantada

Casa Encantada

One of the most hospitable places to stay in one of Latin America's must-see cities.

El Convento

El Convento

Hidden away down one of Antigua’s cobbled streets, El Convento is located opposite the 18th Century Capuchin convent, and is at once quiet and central.

Panza Verde

Panza Verde

Panza Verde is a gorgeous boutique property with plenty of character and warmth.

Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

This pretty little inn is built in the Spanish colonial style but has a strong Guatemalan feel, from the friendly staff to the brightly woven textiles in each room.

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

The welcoming rooms in this converted family coffee farm are individually decorated with traditional Guatemalan textiles and furniture.

Casa Palopó

Casa Palopó

90 miles from Guatemala City, Casa Palopó is a beautiful villa built on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village, on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

La Lancha

La Lancha

The Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha require long days of exploring, so a relaxing hotel is in order afterwards, and the best in the region is La Lancha,

Overall a fabulous trip and you did a fabulous job pulling it together. It was our third time traveling with Original Travel and we will again

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