This tailor-made tour is designed to show you rural Guatemala at its best. Because our Travel Specialists all agree, it is in Guatemala’s highlands and markets where you find the most authentic experiences. From the distinctive dress of local Maya groups to the traditional way of life that has been passed down through generations.
Of course, no trip to Guatemala is complete without a stay in Antigua. This charming colonial town is the perfect place to start your holiday. From there, you’ll veer from the tourist trail and head up into the highlands. Here, you will visit markets where you’ll be the only tourist. And experience a unique cultural exchange with a homestay in tiny Totonicapan. Then explore the little-visited Ixil Triangle, a remote and stunning part of the highlands.
Finally, you’ll join the popular tourist circuit and head to Lake Atitlan. Despite being one of Guatemala’s top attractions, the villages surrounding the lake have retained their charm. You’ll learn about the syncretism of Mayan and Catholic beliefs in Santiago Atitlan. And finally head to Chichicastenango where you definitely won’t be the only tourist!! But which is a fabulous explosion of colour and well worth the visit.
This fascinating trip through Guatemala’s highlands and markets is a must for lovers of remote mountain scenery and authentic cultural encounters.