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Signature Guatemala: Mountains, Markets and Mayan ruins

12 days from £2,450pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Guatemala

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Overview & Highlights

On this fast-moving holiday you get a taste of Guatemala's volcanoes, remote highlands, pristine lakes, pre-Hispanic ruined temples and a vibrant traditional culture.

Guatemala is brimming with both obvious highlights and hidden attractions and we’ve packed loads of them in to this variety-packed holiday including Antigua, Lake Atitlán, Mayan Tikal and authentic markets in the remote, wildly beautiful western highlands.

Begin by exploring arty, volcano-framed Antigua, one of the continent’s most beautiful Spanish colonial cities, and move on to atmospheric and spiritual Lake Atitlán, fringed by volcanoes, all the while visiting traditional villages where the indigenous population wear community-distinctive clothing and weave intricate, vibrant textiles.  Continue into the wilder more remote region of the craggy Cuchumatanes mountains, and visit authentic, non-touristy markets trading in the produce of the richly fertile volcanic valleys. Finally fly to the vast complex of temples at Tikal, Central America’s most overwhelming abandoned Mayan city, its haunting pyramids shrouded in exotic bird and monkey-filled jungle.

You’ll mostly be staying in small, characterful colonial-style accommodation befitting the uniqueness of your environment.

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  • Walking tour of Antigua
  • Boat excursion to Santiago de Atitlán and San Antonio Palapó
  • Chichicastenango market
  • Zunil and Almalongo market towns
  • Visit to Todos Santos Cuchumatán
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins

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What our clients say

  • Many good memories - arriving at Macchu Picchu was something we had wanted to do for many years, so was probably the most memorable.

    CA, Wembley
  • A fantastic trip that includes highlight after highlight - from natural beauty to historical ruins. Lots of travelling but always jaw dropping views through the window. Highlights of the trip…

    DN, Peterborough
  • Every day was a pleasure. Scenery wonderful. Machu Picchu was jaw dropping.

    IT, Sutton Coldfield
  • Machu Picchu. What a privilege to go to such a stunning place. It was a little too busy in the morning, but walking part of the Inca Trail to the…

    RW, Holmfirth
  • Highlights? "There were many. Cuba itself is a fascinating country, a unique combination of geography, history, politics, culture and music. Highlights include: horse riding through the Valle de Silencio in…

    DK, Coventry
  • Reaching the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain and seeing views that will live with me for the rest of my life ... wow! This was a very special moment.

    PB, Wareham
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Our Expert's Opinion

Guatemala is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and awe-inspiring scenery, making it a wonderful country to explore. Our signature trip provides an immersive and authentic look into what makes this country truly special. From charming cities and serene lakes with volcanic backdrops to incredible culture, markets, and history, this trip is perfect for those who want to discover the unsung hero of Latin America.

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Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

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    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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    Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Expert

    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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