See Guatemala from another perspective...

Guatemala is one of Original Travel's all-time favourite destinations. 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 the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Much of these highlights can also be explored from the comfort of some of the most stylish small hotels anywhere in the world, particularly in Antigua and at Lake Atitlan. And if sophisticated places to stay are the order of the day then might we interest you in one of the most sophisticated transfer alternatives we know. Booking one of the helicopter transfers from Antigua to Lake Atitlan not only saves a three or four drive on the Pan American Highway, but offers a wonderfully different perspective on Guatemala. Straight after take off it becomes clear just how small and beautifully formed the former colonial capital is - the neat grid system of cobbled streets surrounded on nearly all sides by looming volcanoes. About 15 minutes into the flight and the pilot will take a slight detour to take in Iximche - from the ground not one of the more interesting Mayan sites, but fascinating when glimpsed from the air when the layout and logic of the citadel's creators becomes clear. Then it's on to the natural marvel that is Lake Atitlan, the vivid blue waters hopefully illuminated by brilliant sunshine, and framed by yet more brooding and cloud topped volcanoes and with small villages dotted along the shoreline. Your probable setting down point will be in the gardens of the immaculate Casa Palopo Lodge, from where it's a few yards to your lovely room with breathtaking views over the water. Definitely not a necessity, but a very special addition to any trip in this fascinating country.