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Guatemala Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Volcanic and laid-back, Guatemala is filled with ancient ruins, lush rainforests, vibrant markets and pleasant beaches. An ideal destination for a Central American hiking adventure, it is a wildly exuberant land of Caribbean coastlines, picturesque colonial towns, towering mountains and fertile highlands.

Blanketed in coffee plantations, sugar cane and the remains of a magnificent Maya heritage, its rugged landscapes are scattered with pre-Columbian relics that can trace their origins ...

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Group tours

Travel to Guatemala with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

GROUP TOUR

Guatemala: Tikal & Beyond

Discover Antigua, the volcanic landscapes of Lake Atitlan, Mayan sites, rainforest and a coffee plantation.
16 days from $3,675
GROUP TOUR

Central American Odyssey: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras & Guatemala

Witness the dramatic contrasts in people, food, scenery and history on this fascinating tour.
21 days from $6,237

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Guatemala

This well-rounded trip provides a great introduction to Guatemala's diverse natural, cultural and historic highlights. Learn about its various communities, see its natural beauties and explore its UNESCO protected gems.
12 days from $3,864
TAILOR-MADE

Guatemala In Style

Experience Guatemala in a unique way with this exclusive trip, hiking through its remote highlands, past isolated indigenous communities and staying in stylish glamping tents. End in iconic Lake Atitlán and Antigua city
10 days from $4,109
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Guatemala

This itinerary provides the perfect balance of seeing the country's historic and natural highlights and UNESCO sites whilst getting off the tourist trail at every corner, hiking through its remote landscapes and villages
14 days from $4,613
TAILOR-MADE

Journey through Guatemala and Honduras

Experience a snapshot of the highlights that represent Central America: iconic Mayan ruins, preserved colonial cities, active volcanoes and Caribbean beaches. Hike exotic landscapes and tour world-famous ruins before ending on a relaxing island
14 days from $3,927

HIGHLIGHTS OF GUATEMALA

BEST EXPERIENCES

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Antigua

Set in the scenic central highlands of Guatemala is the beautiful colonial city of Antigua. Nestling in a lovely valley that lies within the dominating embrace of three spectacular volcanoes: Agua ...

Flores

Flores is a small town located on Lake Péten Itzá within Péten, Guatemala's largest department of lowland jungle. The town has an airport, making it logistically the best entry ...

Lake Atitlan

The deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlan occupies an ancient volcanic caldera in the heart of the Guatemalan Highlands. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the Americas, ...

Tikal

These spectacular ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site set in the dense tropical forest. Even with many of its complexes yet to be discovered and unearthed, Tikal is arguably the most impressive ...

Rio Dulce & Livingston

When the Spanish colonised Central America, the Guatemalan city of Antigua was the capital of the whole continent. Shipping, communication and travel all reached Antigua via the Rio Dulce River, which ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

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Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlan

Spectacularly perched above Lake Atitlan, this romantic setting offers stunning views of the Guatemalan highlands and a distinctive choice of accommodation. The main building features seven, spacious…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

El Convento, Antigua

El Convento is an award-winning luxury hotel within the UNESCO city of Antigua. Across from the Convent of Las Capuchinas and four blocks from central park, this stylish recreation of a 16th century…
Superior | Boutique Hotel

Hotel Isla De Flores, Flores

One of the best options on the small inland island of Flores, Hotel Isla de Flores is a charming hotel close to Flores’ main square. The small, personal hotel offers 30 simple rooms all the amenities…
Superior | Lodge

Jungle Lodge, Tikal

Jungle Lodge is a superbly located lodge within the national park, close to Tikal ruins. The hotel is on the site of the Tikal’s first scientific camp, which housed archaeologists searching for the…
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La Lancha, Tikal

Located around an hour from the Belize border and just 45 minutes by road from the archaeological ruins of Tikal, La Lancha is a tranquil 10-room lodge, nestling amongst a jungle landscape high above…
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Las Lagunas, Flores

Although only a short drive from Flores Airport, Las Lagunas offers a paradise escape, set deep within the jungle. There are only 19 suites at the hotel featuring rustic décor, a hot tub, air…
Luxury | Boutique Hotel

Posada Del Angel, Antigua

Established in 1993, Posada del Angel was one of the first luxury boutique hotel’s in Antigua. Four blocks from the centre, this stylish hotel has just seven cosy rooms with each suite decorated…
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Villa Santa Catarina, Lake Atitlan

Set upon the shores of Lake Atitlan, Villa Santa Catarina boasts a stunning location, leafy garden and modern amenities. The bursts of colour and beautiful textiles used throughout the thirty-eight…
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Villa Caribe, Livingston

Villa Caribe is located in the fishing town of Livingston, home of the Garifuna Culture and where Rio Dulce and the Caribbean Sea merge. It is one of the best options for staying on the coast with a…

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

Meet the expert, Richard

Richard is our Latin America expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Guatemala’s sublime natural beauty, pales in comparison to its cultural wealth. With more than 21 languages spoken in a country one fifth the size of France, Guatemala’s diversity is incredible.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Guatemala though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  

Currency 

In Guatemala the official unit of currency is the Quetzal (GTQ). The Quetzal is extremely difficult to obtain outside Guatemala or exchange after leaving Guatemala, and visitors are strongly advised to exchange local currency before departure.  

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.  

There is no dress code in Guatemala however, in rural areas it is better to dress a bit more conservative (e.g. knee-length trousers/skirts, t-shirts). The same should be followed when entering a church.   

Language & Religion 

In Guatemala the major language is Spanish but there are also several Mayan indigenous languages in use. English is spoken in some of the more heavily visited tourist sites but any Spanish you can learn beforehand will be very useful.Catholicism is the major religion in the country but Evangelism is on the increase. Many Guatemalans combine ancient Mayan beliefs almost seamlessly with Christianity and the result can be a very interesting mix!  

Time 

Guatemala is 6 hours behind of GMT, on Central Standard Time.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

As with much of Central America, Guatemalan food heavily features tortillas made from maize, however rice and potatoes are also important staples and are available in most places. Frijoles (or black beans) are also predominant and will be found accompanying many dishes. In the more popular areas, a wide variety of international cuisine can be found but there will still be many opportunities to sample traditional local food. Excellent coffee is available everywhere and local beers such as Gallo & Cabro are very drinkable. Imported wine is available in some of the more international establishments but be prepared for this to come at an international price.