Born of volcanoes, Guatemala has emerged as the star of Central America and offers diversity enough for everyone from bird watchers, to adventure sport enthusiasts, to history buffs.
Guatemala offers a vibrant diversity of jungle landscapes, classic colonial towns and famous indigenous markets. Some regions remain utterly wild and free, while others were developed by early Mayans. The earliest Maya civilizations began to emerge in the highlands of Guatemala by 2000 BCE. By 250, the Early Classic Period, great temple cities of pyramids and plazas rose. They left behind dramatic, inspiring and important archaeological sites such as the magical temple city of Tikal, which rivals the world’s other grand pyramid sites. In addition to the remarkable architecture, the Maya also developed a complex calendar, a hieroglyphic writing system, and an impressive body of scientific knowledge. Guatemala also offers vibrant Spanish colonial towns and stylish cities with art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, quaint bars and cafes. Add stellar nature experiences such as a helicopter for an overflight of six different volcanoes en route to Lake Atitlan, and glamping at Uaxactun Mayan ruins – an overnight stay in the ruins in the comfort of your own private camp with candle-lit dinner. Fish, trek the jungle, snorkel and more. Fascinating landscapes, flourishing cultures and plenty of adventures make Guatemala a stand-out destination.
Guatemala, Colombia & Argentina: Graffiti Art Experience 16 Days Precious Journeys® College Edition Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $9,376
Graffiti encompasses writing and drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, chiseled or painted illicitly on walls and other surfaces, usually within public view. The can be simple written words or elaborate wall paintings. The use of graffiti has existed since ancient times. Examples date back to ancient Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire. The term graffiti originally referred to the inscriptions and drawings found on the walls of ancient sepulchres or ruins in the Catacombs of Rome or at Pompeii. This unique and fascinating journey explores facets, framework and meaning of graffiti today in Latin America as seen through the eyes of artists in these countries. Specialist guides provide context, both historical and modern, to help you discover this compelling art movement.
President’s Pick: Colombia & Guatemala 11 Days President’s Picks Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,250
“I am a self-admitted history buff, and can’t get enough of it. In much of Latin America, the Incas and Mayans occupied so much of the space, it was difficult to see beyond. I wanted to examine the empires that came before, after, and in between these groups. Enter Colombia, a destination we helped launch in North America almost 10 years ago. Being a pioneer to this area is one my proudest moments. With Guatemala as one of our core products for so long, we were constantly looking for ways to combine Colombia with Guatemala as a way to complete the bridge between the Mayans and early Colombian empires before the Incas came to power. We had access to glamping equipment in Guatemala, which allowed us to offer our guests something more. This allowed them to stay overnight at an ancient site to really feel the Mayan spirit that is imbedded in the ruins, making this a much more compelling experience. I am proud to say Big Five was one off the first combine these two countries, and now I invite you to join us in being a part of history.”
Guatemala’s Jungles, Jaguars & Peanut Butter 8 Days Precious Journeys® Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Safari Tours, Adventure Travel, Family Travel
Starting Price: $4,370
From making chocolate and peanut butter, to climbing a volcano, to ziplining in the rainforest, this amazing family adventure encompasses some of the best experiences Guatemala has to offer. Go on a jaguar footprint scavenger hunt, and wander the stone monuments of the Mayan city of Tikal. This is a journey your family will long remember.
Guatemala & Colombia 13 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $10,360
Delve into the ancient cultures of these two countries, from staying overnight at Guatemala's Maya Uaxactun Archeological Site, to exploring the pyramids of Tikal, to examining some of the 500 millennia-old stone statues of Colombia's Pre-Inca San Agustin Archeological Site.
Guatemala 7 Days Enrichment Series Interest(s): Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $3,637
Trace the fall of the Mayan Empire as you explore Guatemala's past and present.
Ancestor Volcanoes of Guatemala & Galapagos Islands 11 Days Interest(s): Sustainable Travel, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $8,650
Explore the dramatic volcanic landscapes of these two dynamic destinations and the people and wildlife that inhabit them.
Custom Guatemala Tour Varied Days Navigator Series Interest(s): Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travel
Starting Price: $2,800
Guatemala offer a vibrant mix of wild volcanoes to hike and jungle rainforests to explore as well as historic colonial towns such as Antigua and staggering archaeological sites such as the magnificent Mayan site of Tikal. Close to home, yet excitingly different, Guatemala makes for a wonderful getaway or a full out vacation.