Guatemala is Central America’s most fascinating cultural destination. Why? Because the majority of the population is directly descended from indigenous Maya people. And it is their rituals, religion, language, and arts that make Guatemala such an interesting place to visit. From the traditional Maya in the highlands to the Garifuna people on the Caribbean coastline, Guatemala boasts incredible cultural diversity.
The country is also blessed with dramatic and diverse landscapes. The northern Peten region covers almost one third of the country and is home to impressive, jungle-clad Maya ruins. You can’t miss Tikal, one of the largest urban centres during the Maya Empire. But stay a little longer and you can also see lesser-visited Yaxha or Uaxactun.
Lake Atitlan is one of our favourite Guatemalan destinations. A highland lake, ringed by conical volcanoes. A place to relax, unwind and enjoy the pace of lakeside villages. Or for those who prefer a little more action, a place to climb volcanoes and kayak across the calm waters of the lake. Alternatively, hike between villages along well-worn donkey paths.
– The dry season runs from November to April.
– Festivities around Easter are both colourful and fascinating in Antigua.
– The highlands are still very pleasant in the wet season. However the lowland region around Tikal can be very humid at this time.
– Get off the beaten track and explore some of Guatemala’s most striking and colourful highland markets.
– Trek from Antigua to Lake Atitlan and experience Guatemala’s living Mayan culture and communities first-hand.