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Guatemala Cultural 5 Days / 4 Nights

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Fantastic 5 days 4 nights to discover the heart of the Guatemalan highland, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes:

visit ruins, churches and museums meet indigenous people wearing their typical suits; enjoy the multicolored market and Maya traditions.

Guatemala Mystic 6 Days / 5 Nights

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Discover in 6 days 5 nights the most visited destination in Guatemalan, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes:

visit ruins, churches and museums meet indigenous people wearing their typical suits; enjoy the multicolored market and Maya traditions.

Guatemala Highlights 7 Days / 6 Nights

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This fascinating tour offer the best of Guatemala, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes:

visit ruins, churches and museums meet indigenous people wearing their typical suits; enjoy the multicolored market and Maya traditions.

Inside Guatemala 8 Days / 7 Nights

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Visit ruins and museums in Antigua Guatemala travel to La Azotea Farm and enjoy a guided tour observing coffee plants in their different stages of growth. You can also see the coffee museum and museum of Mayan music that includes a collection of Mayan Musical instruments, artifacts, costumes and naïf paintings in an exhibit in three halls:

Pre Hispanic Maya, living Maya and cofradia of Maximon. You can also admire the textiles and customs museum.

Mayan Treasures 10 Days / 9 Nights

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This fascinating tour offer the best of Guatemala, driving through incredibly colorful landscapes:

visit ruins, churches and museums meet indigenous people wearing their typical suits; enjoy the multicolored market and Maya traditions.

Adventure Expedition 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Bike through the Almolonga Valley, visiting villages around the Colonial Antigua Guatemala, hike through countryside and amazing views of Atitlan, do kayaking and zip lining in Lake Atitlan

Visit to Maximon, the pagan god of the natives who carries cigarette and liquor and receives all kinds of offerings from the visitors.

Guatemala Adventure 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Climb the active Pacaya volcano and enjoy a fairly strenuous hike through a wonderful pine forest continues up the more tricky volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone.

On occasions you can even see small eruptions and lava flow depending on the activity of the volcano.

Guatemala Explorer 11 Days / 10 Nights

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Enjoy a cultural tour visiting the ruins and museums of Antigua Guatemala, Visit the colorful authentic Comalapa market and some of the famous local primitive painting galleries.

Finally you will take a stop at the famous town mural which was painted by the local children to commemorate the signing of the peace accords.

Maya Paths 15 Days / 14 Nights

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Guatemala

The heart of The Mayan Wolrd.

Our Guatemala Tours will take you to the heart of the Mayan world a multicolored destination with an extreme geographic diversity, climatic and ethnographic variety that made of Guatemala a country with an extraordinary cultural wealth that stands out for the contrast that offers its landscape, its history and its living culture.

Our Guatemala vacation packages include cultural tours that are an encounter with our unequaled live culture; 23 different Indian groups with their own languages, customs, fantastic native markets such as Chichicastenango, Sololá or San Francisco el alto, festivals such as Giant Kites Festival in San Juan Sacatepéquez or Sumpango, colorful Indian villages around lake Atitlan with their painters and textiles, the holy week in Antigua Guatemala with its fantastic sawdust carpets their music and food.

Numerous protected areas and national parks constitute authentic vivid museums such as Tikal National Park, cultural patrimony of humanity, with its 576 square kilometers and over 3.000 Mayan structures, like temples, palaces and causeways, in whose forests inhabit a great variety of flora and fauna, Quirigua, El Mirador, Uaxactun, Iximche, Yaxha, Ceibal, Aguateca and Dos Pilas among others.

Standing out is La Antigua Guatemala historical city, declared as humanity's cultural patrimony by UNESCO, in 1979, an artistic colonial legacy's jewel, whose ensemble is a monumental museum and one of the most visited Guatemala’s destination.

The Mayan Biosphere’s reserve with 1, 4 million hectares destined to conservation where the Mayan cities lost at the jungle like El Mirador remain like dumb witnesses of the fascinating Mayan history and its harmony with nature and represent an authentic opportunity for all travelers interested in nature and adventure tours in Guatemala.

The country as a whole represents a wonderful opportunity for all visitors to enjoy a fantastic Guatemala Holidays where we will be able to share our Culture, nature and adventure.

Facts:

General Information

  • Official Name: Republic of Guatemala
  • Native Name: Quauhtemallan, place of many trees
  • Length: 108,889 km
  • Population: 13,344,770 million.
  • Political Divisions: 22 departments.
  • Capital: Guatemala city.
  • Currency: Quetzal.
  • Taxes: 12% VAT on goods and services.
  • Area code: +502.
  • Tip: 10% in restaurants, usually included in the bill.
  • Internet Identification: .gt.
  • Time Zone: -6 GMT.
  • Languages: The official language is Spanish, as well as 21 languages of Maya origin, 1 Xinca and 1 Garifuna.
  • Climate: Guatemala can be visited any time of year. Average temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. It has 2 seasons, the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April. The average temperature in the highland region is 18.3.
  • Electricity: 110 volts A.C..
  • Clothing: Light clothing and jackets.
  • Form of Payment:Credit card accepted in most formal businesses. Travel checks changed with purchase slip. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks and hotels.
  • Country admission requirements: Central American citizens can enter Guatemala with their internal document or valid passport. European and U.S. nationals do not need visas. Other nationalities should see the web address. www.migracion.gob.gt . All the ordinary procedures of immigration and customs at the Guatemalan border are free of charge. In special cases, in which a charge is applied, the respective authorities must issue a receipt.
  • Departure Tax: The departure tax in Guatemala is Q. 20.00.

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Archaeology & Maya Ruins

Talking to the heart of The Mayan world leads us directly to the recognized Tikal, at the north region of Guatemala. However all country offers a variety of archeological places and ceremonial Centers millenarian witnesses of a civilization of complex social structures and policies.

We can mention northern: Tikal, El Mirador, Yaxha, Ceibal, Aguateca, Dos Pilas, El Zotz, Nakum, Uaxactún and El Peru among the most known, but according to the academics of archaeology, consider than exists over 3.000 diverse places in all Peten.

Quirigua in the East, Kaminal Juyu at the city of Guatemala, Mixco viejo, Iximche, Zaculeo at the highlands, Takalik Abaj and la Democracia in the pacific.

Fascinating Mayan cities with temples, causeways, steles and altars like sign of high development of this civilization that contributed in the development of mathematics and astronomy.

Their system of Writing jeroglífica, their architecture, their sculpture, as well as the beauty of his work elaborated in paint, clay, stone and jade.

These destinations framed at privileged natural surroundings where diverse species of flora and fauna conjointly with the impressive structures will do of your trip a unique experience.

Nature:

Guatemala possesses 19 ecosystems, 300 microclimates, over 37 volcanoes, rivers, lakes and beaches that joined to our ethnic diversity constitute a mystic destination of magic and adventure.

Approximately 1.4 million hectares belong to Mayan Biosphere’s reserve, biotopes, national Parks, private reserves and communities compromised with the conservation and they develop sustainable projects with attractions and unique sceneries.

The biological diversity of Guatemala allowed placing it between the 25 countries with more diversity of natural resources in the world. Million species reside in their varied ecosystems, over 700 species of birds, mammals like the jaguar, the tapir and a great variety of reptiles and insects.

Culture:

The Guatemalan culture is a palette of colors, languages and tastes, with 24 ethnics groups distributed at the country and that represent our living culture.

Its festivities like All Saints Day (1. November) a mixture of the pagan traditions and the Catholicism brought by the Spanish’s between the centuries 16 and 17.

Its multicolored markets with textile that fill agreeably the pupils of own and strange, a manifestation of the most recognized indigenous art where each one of them has his own interpretation.

The holy week in Antigua, another mixture of the indigenous traditions and the Christianity manifested in the ephemeral art of the carpets that they bear the step of the processions followed by thousands of devoted and curious visitors, the smell to incense and the faith is breathed at the city's each corner.

The giant kites of Santiago Sacatepéquez 1. Of November all saints day that especial petitions lead to God and whose festivity finishes enjoying a traditional delicious dish called fiambre.

From the mystic indigenous high lands to the magical Carib Garífuna a country of culture and fascinating nature is Guatemala that presents a great variety of options in your journey to the fascinating world of our live culture.

Adventure:

The relief from Guatemala, its diverse climates, its rivers, lakes, seas and volcanoes present an attractive opportunity to the adventurers. Active volcanoes that offer unique experience, rafting at torrential rivers, the best sports fishing offer in the pacific coast or Rio Dulce areas, hikes in search of the lost city of El Mirador, Canopy Tours, Horseback Riding, Biking, millenarian caves, rappel and much more to discover in amazing Guatemala.

Bird watching:

Guatemala counts with over 700 registered birds’ species, 35 of them are endemic regional species (located between the frontiers of Guatemala and Mexico).

Also we counted on 40 approximated species that only can find in Central America and Guatemala is the perfect destination to observe the bigger population as possible.

The destinations where you observe these birds are located at places with strong cultural contents where the visitor in addition to observe birds has opportunity to interact with Mayan cultures, visiting their marketplaces and knowing their habits.

Good reasons for birds’ observation in Guatemala

  • Birds’ diversity
  • Endemism of birds
  • Migration through the Central American isthmus
  • Ecosystems

It has two marine coasts, located at the region of the Atlantic and the Pacific. It has freshwater bodies: 7 lakes, 365 lagoons and 770 lagunetas.

It has different reliefs, from very flat places like the coasts to very high places, like the volcanoes. 37 volcanoes exist at the country.

The different reliefs, water bodies and characteristics like temperature, humidity and precipitation, gives as a result a variety of ecosystems, that can be classify in 7 biomes, 14 eco regions and 14 zones of life.

The country also counts on a great cultural wealth

  • Protected areas
  • Culture
  • Archaeology and human contact
  • Scientific background

Antigua Guatemala

Named as worldwide cultural patrimony by the UNESCO, Antigua, Guatemala is an exquisite Spanish Colonial town that goads thousands of visitors annually to walk on his cobbled streets, churches, ruins, Spanish schools, charming hotels, restaurants, art galleries and stores of antiques as well as his market of handicrafts.

The holy week in Antigua is one of the best experiences for all visitor, carpets with various and colored motives wait for the processions carrying their saints and remembering Christos 'passion.

The atmosphere turns into a world of energy that with the smell of the incense and the music of the drum and the chirimilla make of this celebration one of the most memorable and mystic moments of our traditions.

Lake Atitlan

Explosion of colors, fantastic landscapes, Mayan living culture, lakes and volcanoes that form the magical Guatemala that captivates Every one that visits us.

The mixture of indigenous beliefs and Catholicism are shown at every day the ethnos that inhabit the surroundings of Atitlan's lake, to the northwest the Kaqchikel and to the southeast the Tz'utujil.

Approximately 85.000 years the area of Atitlan's lake I experience an intense and violent cataclysm forming an enormous crater. San Pedro's, Toliman's and Atitlan's volcanoes formed 60.000 years after, giving origin to Atitlan's lake.

Several activities are possible to practice in this privileged place like: Hikes, birdwatching, horseback riding, aquatic sports, etc.

Panajachel, San Marcos la Laguna, Santa Cruz la Laguna, san Pedro la Laguna, Santiago Atitlan, to name some of the places that present a fantastic experience with multicolored markets with variety of earthenware, wood and textiles.

Chichicastenango

The “holy city” of Chichicastenango was settled by indigenous nobility fleeing the Spanish in Utatlan (Quiche Capital 12 miles away) in the late 1520´s. Though the Indians were unable to avoid the conquest, for years they continued worshipping their Maya deities along with those of the Catholic religion, building their famous church of Santo Tomas on the site of an existing Maya Altar. Today clouds of incense spew forth as fervent worshippers and powerful religious elders from all over Guatemala gather to perform a mix of Maya and Catholic ceremonies inside and o the front steps (which cover the original Maya temple steps).

Market days (Thursday and Sundays) offer by far the most impressive sights to visitors. An overwhelming collage of artisans and their handicrafts crowd the church plaza while elaborately dressed men of the Cofradia (spiritual leaders) perform rituals in front of the doorway. Colorful groups of women line the steps nearly buried under brightly striped weavings and bunch of flowers.

Peten & Rainforest

Tropical jungle, mystic Mayan cities, rivers, lakes, its extensive natural reserves, the diversity of flora and fauna do of this destination a tropical paradise in the heart of Mayan world.

The Mayan Biosphere Reserve represents 14 % of the national territory, declared as part of the system of worldwide biospheres by UNESCO in 1990, present a great variety of options of adventure and natural activities within this important reserve where we have an operation in tandem with the communities that inhabit it.

Important destinations like Tikal, Yaxha, El Mirador, Cancuen, Ceibal, Aguateca and Dos Pilas, Nakum, Biotopes and Private Reserves, El Peru, National Park Sierra deLacandón. All these areas are an open laboratory where the biological diversity does not pass unobserved, over 500 bird species, 57 reptiles species, 800 species of trees make of this destination one of the most visited of Guatemala.

The Petén area presents a great variety of activities like Adventure Tours, Jungle Treks, Bird Watching and Wild Life Observation, Mayan Culture, etc.

An infrastructure of hotels and all class restaurants allow adapting your trip in proportion to your expectations and budget.

Rio Dulce

The Caribbean coast is the perfect mixture of tropical jungle, mangroves and beaches of Guatemala, all of this accompanied by the happy garífuna culture

Izabal lake, Rio dulce, Quirigua, el castillo de san Felipe, siete altares, the biotope chocón machacas among others.

The Garifuna Culture, African slaves and Caribbean native descendants that give the taste themselves to Livingston with its music, food and rich culture.

Las Verapaces

Villages hung up of the slope of the mountain, multicolored dresses, extensive fields of cultivations, roads that take you down our own full history’s path of magic and fantasy.

Alta Verapaz, with attractions like the quetzal’s biotope, St. Pedro carcha, lanquin, semuc champey, Candelaria caves, its coffee farms, to mention some of the attractions that offer this beautiful zone of Guatemala.

Monterrico

The pacific of Guatemala begins in the south of Mexico to El Salvador; its tropical jungles are typical habitat of an abundant wild life.

Beaches of volcanic sand hit by the loud sea swell and birds flying over the coast. Its inhabitants are recognized by their warmth and friendship. San Jose, Monterrico, Hotels, bars and restaurants, sunny days and nights of sea breeze wait for you to enjoy great vacations.

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