Guatemala - At a Glance

Central America’s most populous country is full of dramatic history. There’s a millennia of Mayan culture as well as centuries under the Spanish empire. Lake Atitlan is one of the world’s most stunning lakes, with fascinating villages dotted around it, and Antigua is one of the world’s best preserved and beautiful colonial towns. The Mayan ruins in Tikal are fabulous, and there are active volcanoes, indigenous markets and surf beaches to explore as well.

You can return home fulfilled when you build a home for a needy family in an impoverished village just outside of Antigua.

 

Ways you can help

Highlights

    • Make your trip meaningful by building a home for a needy family
    • Explore the perfectly preserved colonial Antigua with a private guide
    • Be awestruck by the Mayan ruins of Tikal
    • Take a boat trip around Lake Atitlan, visiting the traditional villages
    • Haggle for a bargain in an indigenous market
    • Learn how to make chocolate

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The price for a 1 day trip to Guatemala costs from $ (£0, €0) per person, staying in 5* luxury accommodation. Flights are excluded, but we can arrange these for you.

Eco-luxury Hotels

Laguna Lodge - Lake Atitlan

Laguna Lodge

The Laguna Lodge is on the lakeshore of the lovely Lake Atitlan and nestled in its own nature reserve. Your entry into this Mayan enclave begins by boat arrival from Panajachel. In a sublime setting this hotel commands sweeping views...

Useful Information

Flight Time from
UK
12 hours
Flight Time from
New York
5 hours
Flight Time from
San Francisco
7 hours
Time Zone
GMT -6 hours
When to Visit
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

Did you know

    • The official language of Guatemala is Spanish, but 21 distinct Mayan languages as well as several non-Mayan Amerindian languages are also spoken here, particularly in the rural areas.
    • Guatemala has the largest collection of UNESCO heritage sites in Latin America, Antigua, the ruins of Quirigua, and the National Park of Tikal.
    • A scene from the original Star Wars movie “A New Hope” was shot in Guatemala in the Tikal National Park.
    • Guatemala is located in the northern tropics; the seasons are not defined as in North and South of the planet. The interesting thing is that Guatemala is called the land of eternal spring and is very accurate. Throughout the year the weather is always fresh, with a little more sunshine in March and April, a little more rain in May to August and October to December cold.
    • Agriculture contributes a quarter of Guatemala’s GDP: coffee, bananas and sugar are its main products.
    • Chocolate is said to originate in Guatemala! It was used in Mayan culture as early as the sixth century A.D. The word ‘chocolate’ comes from the Maya word ‘xocoatl’ which means bitter water, as cocoa at the time was the basis for a thick, cold, unsweetened drink.

Testimonial

"Guatemala is an enchanting country - the volcanoes and lakes are incredible, and Antigua is like a postcard, but it is desperately poor, so it was rewarding to be able to help at least one family have a proper roof over their head, a home to call their own."

- Jill, traveled from the US with her family

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