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Dramatic volcanoes and rolling highlands
The Mayans were one of the world’s most ancient civilisations and Guatemala was their hub. Our Guatemala tours will give you an insight into this fascinating culture as you visit the lost cities of the Mayans.
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Framed by the towering summit of the Volcán de Auga, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua is resplendent in colonial era architecture. Steeped in historic charm, the city was founded in the 16th Century as the seat of the Spanish Government for much of Central America, then known as the Kingdom of Guatemala. Wander the streets lined with 17th and 18th Century buildings and the craftsmen's workshops or explore the city’s parks, churches, convents and mansions, some destroyed by devastating earthquakes and others perfectly preserved.
Lying deep within the Guatemalan rainforest, undiscovered for centuries, is a vast collection of the most spectacular Mayan ruins in Central America centred on a grand ceremonial structure. Formerly a major centre of the Mayan civilisation, inhabited from the 5th Century BC to the 10th Century AD, the ruins in Tikal National Park were uncovered in the mid 19th Century and now form the largest excavation site on the American continent. In addition to its huge cultural significance, Tikal also has a great ecological importance, possessing a varied natural environment teeming with numerous species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.
In the Mayan language Atitlán translates poetically to the ‘place where the rainbow gets its colour’. Regularly described as the most beautiful lake in the world, Atitlán is located in the highlands of Guatemala, and is dominated by three towering volcanoes and surrounded by many colourful Mayan villages.
Guatemala has everything from the colourful vibrant market of Chichicastenango, to sitting in a hammock at hotel Casa del Mundo whilst overlooking Lake Atitlan and the Volcanoes to the amazing Mayan Temples at Tikal. Then the must have experience of climbing Pacaya Volcano and standing right next to flowing lava - such an incredible experience.