Travel to Guatemala to discover ancient cities lost in the jungle, towering smoke-ringed volcanoes, vibrant Indian markets, uncharted rainforests, ancient cultures, and deep indigenous traditions.

Why travel to Guatemala

Quite simply it is Central America in its most concentrated form. We often recommend starting your trip to Guatemala in the pretty colonial city of Antigua, exploring the cobblestone streets and local markets with our hand-picked guide, before travelling to stunning Lake Atitlán to stay in one our favourite lodges on the water’s edge.
For adventurers, we can arrange a whole host of experiences, from kayaking to zip-lining and hikes in the surrounding valleys, but if you prefer a slower pace, simply relaxing and watching life on the lake can be equally rewarding. Further north in Tikal, we can arrange a night spent camping in the impressive ruins of Uaxactun, which date back further than any other Mayan city.

At dusk, you’ll climb a lookout tower for sunset drinks, followed by night-time jungle exploration, before retiring to bed where you’ll be soothed to sleep by all the sounds of the jungle.

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KEY FACTS
CURRENCY

Guatemalan Quetzal

LANGUAGE

Spanish

TIME ZONE

GMT -06:00

TIPPING

10%

PEAK TIME

December - April

USEFUL PHRASES

Hello – Hola See you later – Hasta luego Nice to meet you – Encantada/o de conocerte Thank you so much – Muchas gracias Please – Por favor Excuse me – Disculpe I’m sorry – Lo siento

COLDEST MONTH

January
26°C on average

HOTTEST MONTH

April
30°C on average

SUSTAINABILITY

We believe travel is precious

The world has transformed dramatically since cazenove+loyd was founded in 1993. On every trip we take, we wonder how that destination will look in another 30 years. We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve their wildlife, habitats and communities for future generations.

Our Highlights in Guatemala

Our Destination Expert’s top tip

Visit the market of Chichicastenango – for truly authentic crafts away from the usual markets.

Caroline Maber

Specialises in

Central + South America, Polar regions and The Caribbean
Uncover history

In the 1500s, an unidentified man wrote Popol Vuh, which is considered Guatemala’s greatest literary work. The Popol Vuh is the story of creation according to the Quiche Maya of the region known today as Guatemala.

Did you know

The original name of Guatemala was Quauhtlemallan, which means ‘place of many trees’ in the Mexican language Nahuatl. In fact, most of the departments’ names were given by the Mexican warriors that accompanied the Spanish troops during the colonization time in Guatemala.

Where to stay

Best hotels in Guatemala

Nothing but the best. Browse our handpicked, tried-and-tested luxury Guatemala hotels.

Hotel San Rafael, Antigua

Hotel San Rafael exudes historic charm from its location in the heart of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This bijou boutique hotel offers colonial-style architecture and elegant courtyards, with comfortable rooms that blend traditional decor with contemporary amenities.

Guests can unwind at the rooftop terrace with stunning views of the city and surrounding volcanoes, before setting off to explore the rich cultural legacy of the city.

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Casa Palopo, Lake Atitlan

A luxurious escape on the shores of Lake Atitlan, this boutique hotel boasts panoramic views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes – a truly mesmerising backdrop that adds untold beauty to what is already an enchanting escape.

Expect vibrant decor inspired by local culture, enhancing its nine uniquely designed rooms and suites, gourmet cuisine at the lakefront restaurant, pampering spa treatments and a glorious infinity pool.

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La Lancha, Lake Petén

La Lancha, nestled amidst lush rainforest, is a tranquil retreat near the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. This intimate eco-lodge is owned by Francis Ford Coppola and features 10 charming rooms and villas, each designed with a rustic-chic aesthetic.

Guests can explore the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal, take a dip in the infinity pool and enjoy authentic cuisine at the open-air restaurant – or simply relax in the embrace of this stunning escape.

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What our clients say

Every aspect of the trip – hotels, guides, tours – was beyond enjoyable and made for a memorable experience. You were right about the volcano being strenuous (probably beyond our capability) but we made it with the help of excellent guides and horses! Thanks again for a wonderful experience.

What our clients say

We came back from our trip last night, exhausted but on a great high and so wanted to email you immediately to say what an extraordinary time we have had. I don't think we could possibly have realised what incredible experiences you had arranged for us, almost all of which were outstanding.

What our clients say

Thank you Penny for putting together a fantastic itinerary for us. Our experience of cazenove+loyd has been fantastic and you will definitely be our first port of call when booking our next holiday.

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Get in touch and one of our luxury travel experts will answer any questions you may have and help create your dream tailor-made holiday.

Caroline Maber
Karen Chapman
Serena Winn-Darley

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