The centre of Mayan legacy in Central America, Guatemala combines dramatic and diverse natural landscapes of volcanoes, limestone plateaux and intense ocean coastline with an extraordinary cultural heritage and historic significance.
Before crossing into Guatemala, we spend time in Copan, Honduras, an ancient ceremonial city unlike any other Mayan settlement and one whose temples, glyphs and monuments receive worldwide recognition for their splendour. It is here, also, that we have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture inside a Mayan pyramid.
Over the border in Guatemala, we browse the traditional weavings and craft- and artwork in one of the country's largest markets at Chichicastanengo, a cultural hub whose inhabitants are said to be the closest descendants of the Maya, and admire colourful, traditional attire and long-held customs of the indigenous inhabitants of geographically isolated villages.
The area surrounding Lake Atitlan yields spectacular volcano-fringed vistas and the colonial streets of Antigua give us a further glimpse into the Guatemala's at-times tumultuous past. Tikal, perhaps the finest of all Mayan sites anywhere, is the last destination on our tour and the perfect finale for this incredible adventure.
Seasonality and Weather
Temperature can vary greatly depending on elevation. Cloud forest / mountain areas can be quite cool and misty, while coastal areas are much hotter and humid. The "green" season runs May-December. The warm dry season is Dec-May, though temperature differences between seasons are slight.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 12-30 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). The countries' roads are generally good though we do have some long (though scenic) road journeys. Numerous nature walks and walking tours on uneven surfaces. Internal flights via scheduled carriers.
Well-located, heated / air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only). Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Hotel porter service is sometimes available (see 'Inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Some hotels have outdoor swimming pools.
Staff and Support
Leader, driver/s, and local step-on guides at various locations.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)