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Guatemala Holidays: an Overview

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' holiday 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 the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines. Altogether, Guatemala makes a great holiday destination for those fond of eco-tourism, adventure and culture as their traditional dress and culture are very much still evident.

The best time for a Guatemala holiday is in the dry season, between November and April. Located at the heart of Central America, it is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse countries in the world. Guatemala is an interesting and exciting country to travel in. One can marvel at ancient temples, spectacular lakes, smoke-ringed volcanoes and bustling indigenous markets.

Formerly visited by the intrepid traveller, it now has a number of excellent boutique hotels and posadas which make it 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.

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 or head North East, slightly off the beaten track, into the depths of the jungle to discover one of the impressiveMayan archaeological sights and admire the spectacle of exotic wildlife and birds.

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Antigua Guatemala
Lake Atitlan
Tikal National Park
Antigua Guatemala
Lake Atitlan
Tikal National Park
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A Note on Price

Like much of Central America, Guatemala represents good value in comparison to its South American counterparts. Antigua Guatemala is full of reasonably priced boutique hotels, but in Atitlan and Tikal, we’d recommend you go all out and stay in the best hotels, which means that a 10-day luxury holiday to Guatemala could cost from £3,000 per person including flights. Many travellers opt to combine Guatemala with Belize to explore its interior and enjoy some time on its Caribbean Coast. A two week holiday to Guatemala & Belize starts at approximately £4,000 per person including international flights.

Itinerary Suggestions

The Jungle, Lakes and Volcanoes of Guatemala

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Guatemala & Belize - Ruins and Reefs

From £4,395pp