Experience the very best of the Mayan world
Guatemala is located in the heart of the Mayan World, and has much to offer along with its Mayan heritage and colonial cities: a diversity of natural richness, active volcanoes around the valley of Antigua, majestic rivers in Alta Verapaz, and impressive lakes in the Solola region.
The city of Antigua, a jewel that used to be the former Central American capital, is nestled between active volcanoes and lush vegetation, and surprises visitors with its colonial architecture, cobblestoned streets, horse carriages, and enchanting gardens. To the north of Antigua, you will discover the azure-sparkling Lake Atitlan, along with breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanoes.
The different indigenous Mayan communities around the Atitlan Lake make this region a cultural treasure. In Chichcastenango, on market days, visitors will witness a flood of Mayans in their traditional clothing, buying or selling their goods, mainly colorful handicrafts. To this day, Mayan priests from far away make their way to Chichicastenango to participate in the traditional Mayan ceremonies held in the town’s old church.
Tikal lies in the North of Guatemala and is one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Central America, as well as one of the few World Heritage properties inscribed according to both natural and cultural criteria, for its extraordinary biodiversity and archaeological importance. Not far from Tikal lies the temple of Yaxha. It was one of the most important sites back in the Mayan world, and is our personal “insider tip”.
Take a guided afternoon tour of the Yaxha ruins and learn all about the history and myths that make this place so magical. Afterwards enjoy a romantic wine & cheese picnic at the foot of the Yaxha temple, as you listen to a concert of the cicadas.