- Latin America & Antarctica
Guatemala is one of the smaller Central America countries but the local indigenous population is the largest of any Latin nation, making for a particularly ‘authentic’ experience. The country offers the best of Central America under one roof – volcanoes, protected tropical jungle, mountainous highlands, impressive Mayan ruins, vivid colonial towns (including the wonderful Antigua) and beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Altogether, it makes a great destination for anyone interested in eco-tourism, adventure or indigenous cultures.
One of the highlights is to immerse oneself in the charming colonial town of Antigua, with its labyrinth of cobbled streets, museums and stunning architecture, followed by a visit to the crystalline waters of Lake Atitlan. Then head north and east and slightly off the beaten track into the depths of the jungle to discover Tikal, one of the impressive Mayan archaeological sights and to admire the spectacle of exotic wildlife and birds.
The best time to visit Guatemala is in the dry season between November and April and while this was once the haunt of more intrepid travellers, a number of excellent new boutique hotels and posadas make this a fantastic country to visit without sacrificing basic creature comforts. The hotels are mainly family run and are often converted haciendas maintaining their original charm and style.
Flight time from the UK 15h
Time Difference GMT -6
Currency Quetzal (GTQ)
Combines well with Southern Mexico and Belize