Guatemala shares borders with Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, and has coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and The Caribbean. It is a mountainous country, except for its coasts and the northern lowlands. Guatemala is defined by the influence of the ancient Mayan civilization, which settled here from 2000 BC to 900 AD. Mayan traditions, architecture and food connect the people and culture in a way that is both colorful and authentic. The country was also influenced by the Spanish who began to colonize Guatemala as early as the 1500s. Antigua, Guatemala's most visited city is charming, picturesque and inviting. Surrounded by farmlands and volcanoes it’s cobblestone streets and colonial buildings offer striking photographic opportunities. Lake Atitlan, a deep lake surrounded by volcanoes is also a draw with excursions to Mayan villages and numerous water sport activities. For classic Maya architecture, the temple complex of Tikal in the northern jungle of the Peten region is a highlight as well.
What’s To Love in Guatemala
Discover the Secrets of Antiqua's History and Art
Admire the colonial architecture of the 16th century churches, buildings, fine arts, terra-cotta ceramics, wooden sculptures and a great variety of traditional weavings.
Be Festive with the Locals
Sumpango is the perfect location for travelers to witness the village's unique Day of Dead traditions. Locals paint their faces and wear flowers and costumes to celebrate. They also gather outside the village where members of the community have designed hundreds of elaborate and intricate kites that are released on a sacred hill next to the cemetery.
Shop Village Markets
Visit a market with locals dressed in their traditional attires from the surrounding villages. You can find all sort of products including produce, live animals, fabrics, traditional garments, and herbal medicines.
Visit Cerro de Oro’s Door to the Underworld
Partake in an ancient ceremony with a shaman to receive blessings and good fortune.
Enjoy Sunrise and Sunset in Tikal
Tikal is an archaeological site and ancient ceremonial center of Mayan civilization situated Peten in the northeast. This site offers a mixture of archaeology, beautiful landscapes and eco-tourism with more than 500 structures to investigate.
Paddle in Peace
Kayak Lake Atitlan with stunning views of surrounding volcanoes.
Buy Some Gifts
Head to San Juan la Laguna to meet Mayan textile artisans from the cooperative Mayan Traditions. Learn about their intricate process to produce colorful fabrics and select some gifts for home.
Picnic at Pacaya
Following a hike up the Pacaya Volcano, enjoy lunch at the viewpoint high above Lake Atitlan.
It's best to visit Guatemala in the Months of November through May as temperatures are moderate, 70s to 80s for a high and skies are clear. In the summer months it is very hot and rainy.
Typically for the type of Custom Itineraries we build, prices in Guatemala can run from $350 - $600 + USD per person per day, primarily dependent upon destinations, time of year, single or double occupancy, lodging style, and included activities. Quoted Tour prices include accommodations, required regional flights, guides, excursions, entrance fees, ground transfers and breakfasts at hotels.
Tour proposals exclude international flights, travel insurance, and gratuities. Each proposal will detail all inclusions and exclusions for clarity.