Once an intimidating travel destination, volcanic Guatemala has now become a laid-back country filled with rainforests, ancient ruins, vibrant markets, and steamy beaches ideal for a Central American hiking adventure.

From the small stretch of Caribbean beaches in the east, over the central mountains, to the black sands of the Pacific coastline, Guatemala is a wild country of coffee, sugar cane, cotton and banana plantations, picturesque colonial towns, and magnificent Mayan heritage.

Bordering Mexico, Guataemala is heavily influenced by the ancient Maya, and, more recently, the Spanish. The rugged landscapes here are dotted with pre-Colombian relics, such as the ancient ruins of Tikal. These tiered limestone palaces, pyramids, platforms, and monuments topped with shrines sit on open grassland in the middle of tropical rainforest. It is an atmospheric and utterly mesmerizing primeval town.

As for cities, the cobbled streets and pastel-colored, Spanish-style buildings of colonial Antigua nestled between volcanoes in the south are a must-see. With this as a base, visitors can climb volcanoes, venture through Petan’s jungles, and trek to Lake Atitlan in the highlands. Moving to the central Quiche mountains, the stucco-white town of Chichicastenango hosts a colorful Indian market on Thursdays and Sunday: a great insight into Guatemalan tradition and daily life.


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Guatemala Highlights

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
From: $2,797.00
A cultural and natural circuit of Guatemala: colonial Antigua, the Chichicastenango Market, volcanic Lake Atitlan and the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Yaxha and Topoxte.

Antigua & Lake Atitlan

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
From: $1,234.00
This 5-day express trip combines two of Guatemala's premier locations - Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

Antigua & Tikal

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
From: $1,559.00
This short 4-night trip includes 2 nights in Antigua and 2 nights in the Flores area and features a coffee tour and day tour of the Tikal ruins.

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