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Guatemala

For a small country, Guatemala is bountiful to the curious traveller. Thick jungle covers the majority of its interior, concealing vast Mayan cities like the imposing Tikal, with countless ancient temples and pyramids remaining unexcavated. Journey through the country’s highlands to discover the colonial, pastel-painted city of Antigua, traditional market towns, volcano-encircled Lake Atitlan, delicious food, bona fide hospitality, and rich colours every way you turn. All of Central America’s enchanting assets can be enjoyed in this small, unassuming country that receives only a fraction of the numbers that flock to Mexico’s similarly impressive Mayan ruins and beaches.

Guatemala remains an offbeat destination and has developed slower (and perhaps more consciously) than some of its neighbours. Each region has a few small lodges or guest houses providing comfort to travellers exploring its exciting interior.

What sets Guatemala apart is how travellers find themselves naturally immersed in local life; refreshingly, the country is not over-adapted for tourists and from the moment you arrive you’ll gain an unembellished insight into the character and culture of the country. Locals are immensely proud of their heritage and traditions, celebrating and preserving them in day to day life.

It’s an easy hop over the border into Belize to add on a few days at the beach. We work with a host of boutique hotels and hand-picked private island hideaways, all fringed by warm Caribbean waters with close access to the second largest barrier reef in the world, as well as the famous Blue Hole for world-class scuba diving and snorkelling.

The Inside Track

Take a look at some of our recent articles about Guatemala

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Capital

Guatemala City

Language

Spanish

Time Difference  

GMT -6

Currency

Guatemalan Quetzal

Read

Megan O’Neil, Mary Ellen Miller – Maya Art and Architecture

Listen

Marimba

Eat

Pepian – a traditional, meaty stew

Drink

Zacapa – silky smooth rum

Locations

  • Antigua, Guatemala - Clock Tower
    Antigua
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  • Casa Palopo Villa Pool, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - Lounger View
    Lake Atitlán
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  • Templo Gran Jaguar, Tikal, Guatemala
    Tikal
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