Guatemala

Overview

Guatemala is a small yet captivating part of Central America with a huge diversity of landscapes, including some of the finest scenery on the continent. Explore wild expanses of jungle, and volcanic mountains; soak up ancient Mayan culture and discover old Spanish colonial cities.

Only a tiny amount of Guatemala is urbanised, but its cities still pack a punch. Political centre Guatemala City is a vast urban sprawl against the dramatic backdrop of volcanic mountains, and its old capital, Antigua, is one of the country’s biggest attractions.

The former Spanish empire powerhouse is a treasure trove of colonial architecture, with terracotta-topped buildings and tiny churches lining the city’s neat grid. One of Central America’s most relaxed and sophisticated cities, Antigua’s charm is in its bustling streets, central plazas and renowned museums.

After the buzz of the city, throw yourself into rural Guatemala and experience the thick, tropical rainforest that covers much of Peten in the north. Wildlife tours are amazing here, especially in Tikal Nature Reserve, where you can explore steamy forest on the look out for brightly-coloured birds, screeching monkeys and maybe even a slinking jaguar.

In the heart of Tikal’s jungle you can discover relics from Guatemala’s fascinating Mayan history at one of its finest archaeological sites. Once a thriving Mayan city, Tikal’s landmarks are its five magnificent temples, surrounded by ancient crumbling ruins and jungle.

Lake Atitlan is an activity hotspot in the Highlands region thanks to its rugged mountain scenery. You can try everything from early-morning expeditions to the distant peaks to peaceful boat trips across the shimmering green lake. Mayan traditions are still observed in the traditional villages that fringe the lake.

Lightfoot Travel’s experienced team of regional specialists will design your luxury tour of Guatemala to meet your exact requirements.

Guatemala Regions

Antigua

Antigua is Guatemala’s former colonial capital, flanked by the volcanic mountains of Antigua Valley. Once a powerful city in the Spanish Empire, it’s renowned for its architectural beaut…

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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan fills the volcanic valleys of Guatemala’s Western Highlands. It’s famous for spectacular natural scenery and the traditional Mayan Indian villages scattered among the valley…

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Tikal

A thousand years ago Tikal was a powerful Mayan city, with five great temples soaring out of the jungle in northern Guatemala. Today it stands as one of the country’s finest archaeological…

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Guatemala Itineraries

Guatemala Properties

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Casa Palopo

Guatemala, Lake Atitlan

Set in the verdant highlands on the shores of the sparkling Lake Atitlan overlooking three magnificent volcanoes, 90 miles from Guatemala City, Casa Palopo is one of the finest hotels in Gua…

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La Lancha

Guatemala, Tikal

This luxury boutique hotel is perched above the shores of Lake Peten Itza in a spectacular rainforest setting, near Tikal in Guatemala. La Lancha is full of character and has a welcoming atm…

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Palacio de Dona Leonor

Antigua, Guatemala

This Spanish-style, 16th-century mansion has been beautifully restored and transformed into a luxury boutique hotel, combining colonial charm with modern comforts. Hotel Palacio de Dona Leon…

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