Why we like Guatemala holidays
For the traveller who is inspired by the indigenous culture of a country, then a Guatemala holiday is hard to beat. Up in the hills the daily markets are a gorgeous riot of colourful clothing while the landscape is dotted with lakes and a backdrop of perfect volcanic cones. The Spanish colonial architecture of the towns and the impressive Mayan ruins surrounded by jungle are further reasons for you to enjoy a Guatemala holiday.
What to expect on your Guatemala holiday
Geographically small - just 284x266 miles – a holiday in Guatemala does not involve travelling great distances. Rather, the focus of your trip to Guatemala will be the striking variety of topographic features, ranging from the Cuchumatanes Mountains and the beautiful Lake Atitlan to the volcanoes of Antigua and the black beaches of the Pacific. Guatemala's ecosystems host a huge range of plants and animals, notably orchids and birdlife. A quarter of Guatemala is covered in forest where the noise of spider and howler monkeys and screeching parrots fills the air.
The colourful Mayan people add an additional dimension to your Guatemala holiday. The extensive ruins of their ancestors lie scattered across the Peten region while their heritage lives on today, evident in the bustling markets of Solola, the traditional reed collecting on the shores of Lake Atitlan and the unique weaving methods of the K'iche, Kaqchiquel and Achi communities. Now throw in the cobbled streets, beautiful churches, hidden convents and colonial plazas and you begin to understand the charm of a Guatemala holiday.
Hotels and lodges tend to be small and privately owned with great atmosphere and a winning smile.
Some ideas for a Guatemala holiday
- Visit Antigua during Easter week to watch the lavishly decorated floats that are paraded through the streets.
- Exploring Comalapa market is a must at some stage in your holiday.
- The Maya ruins at Tikal are surrounded by jungle and the screech of monkeys fills the air.
- Visit Lake Atitlan which Aldous Huxley once called the most beautiful lake in the world.
- End your Guatemala holiday with a few days snorkelling, diving or relaxing on the beach in Belize.
Beyond the Ordinary
Take a helicopter safari over volcanoes, mountain lakes and remote jungle villages.
Our Guatemala holiday expert
John's Central American travel experience started on buses and trains (usually travelling on the roof!) and has progressed steadily to include luxury boutique hotels and lodges. His knowledge is superb and his enthusiasm infectious. His latest trip to Guatemala simply reinforced his knowledge and love of the country as well as introducing a couple of particularly delightful hotels.