Captivating Guatemala Tour
Prepare to be overwhelmed by towering temples, colonial beauty, dazzling colours and fascinating cultures. Guatemala has so much on offer to captivate travellers and this 15-day tour has been designed to bring together all the elements that make Guatemala such a magical holiday destination. Our Captivating Guatemala Tour offers the perfect combination of stunning scenery, traditional villages, fascinating Mayan archaeological sites and vibrant current day cultures. It takes travellers on a journey of discovery to three corners of the country and provides an exciting, authentic and varied introduction to this captivating country.
- Gain an understanding into the rich and fascinating Mayan ancestral beliefs, and the cultural traditions that still continue to thrive to this day
- Delight in the magnificent colonial grandeur and beauty of Antigua, Guatemala’s former capital and now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Hike up the Pacaya Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the country, and enjoy the far-reaching views from the top
- Discover the stunning natural beauty of volcano-ringed Lago de Atitlán, whose shores are home to many traditional villages, and whose crystal clear waters are perfect for a dip
- Learn about traditional Mayan arts and handicrafts, and visit a ceramics cooperative
- Visit an organic coffee cooperative to learn about coffee from bean to cup
- Bath in beautiful turquoise waters at Semuc Champey, the home of natural limestone pools
- Explore the ancient Mayan kingdom of Tikal, and be overwhelmed by its vast and towering pyramids, palaces and temples located deep in the heart of lush jungle
- Enjoy an unforgettable boat-ride along the jungle fringed Rio Dulce
- Relax on pristine Caribbean beaches near the town of Livingston, home to a completely different side of Guatemalan culture
- Visit the fascinating archaeological sites of Q’umarkaj and Quiriguá to learn more about the Maya civilisations
This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide and driver throughout. All activities and excursions are private (only for you). The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.
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- Trip duration: 15 days
- Countries visited: Guatemala
Medium: Accommodation in B&Bs or 2-star family-run hotels (always in a private room).
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Low
- Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Antigua, 2 nights in a hotel in Panajachel, 1 night in a family B&B in San Juan La Laguna, 1 night in a ecolodge in Santiago Atitlán, 1 night in a hotel in Santa Cruz del Quiché, 1 night in a hotel in Cobán, 1 night in ecocabins at a hostel near Semuc Champey, 1 night in a lodge near Candelaria Caves, 1 night in a lodge in Tikal, 1 night in ecocabins in Rio Dulce & 1 night in a hotel in Livingston, 1 night in a hotel in Guatemala City
- Transport: Private car, coach and boat
- Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
- Bilingual guide: Available in English or Spanish
- Extra services: -
- Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for a bigger group. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements, immunisations and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website (for UK citizens) and US Travel Advice website (for US citizens). Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Guatemala has a low level of physical difficulty but participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat, dry bag /ziplock bags for valuables, and waterproof cover for your luggage in case of rain.
- Best time to travel: The country has two seasons, the rainy season (May to November) and dry season (November to May).
- Extra budget recommended: Around £250 / $300 pp to cover all meals, snacks & expenses not included in the in the tour.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (private car). Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (all private). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Optional activities (if any). Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
Captivating Guatemala Tour
£ 2,280 GBP
Guatemala has something to offer everyone: fascinating and distinct local cultures, amazing natural beauty, vibrant and colourful markets, a rich heritage of arts and handicrafts, plenty of opportunity for adventure, and world class archaeological sites and colonial architecture. This 15-day tour combines all of these elements and takes travellers on a journey of discovery to three corners of the country, providing an unforgettable and insightful introduction to Guatemala.