One of Latin America's smallest countries, Guatemala is geographically diverse with topography ranging from conical volcanic peaks and terraced coffee plantations to wetlands and emerald rainforests alive with the screeches of howler monkeys.

Indeed, its rich biodiversity means that visitors may be rewarded with sightings of wildlife such as jaguars, pumas, coyotes, iguanas and various snake species. Active adventurers will love the opportunity for rugged adventure, with challenging walks in the national parks of the Peten region, and zip-lines through the jungle canopies.

Neighbouring Belize shares Guatemala's rich natural beauty, with fascinating flora and fauna, and incredible national parks. It's also the place to go to explore a beautiful marine environment whether that be snorkelling over the stunning Blue Hole, diving through underwater caves, or simply relaxing on the beaches or exploring the artisan shops of Placencia.


The Mayan Empire flourished during the first millennium long before the first Spanish conquistadors arrived. Today sites such as Tikal, Yaxha and Zaculeu bear witness to an extraordinary era of architecture which saw the creation of remarkable pyramids and temples which still peak above the rainforests.

Mayan culture still thrives in the ancient sites as well as in the traditional dress of local communities, and in crafts such as basket and textile weaving. Spanish colonists and coffee traders similarly left their mark on Guatemala. Towns such as Antigua are a riot of colour, with pastel hued buildings embracing cobblestoned piazzas which bustle with trade and conversation on market days.


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    Flight time from London
    15 hours via Madrid/USA
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    Time Zone
    UTC -6
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    Guatemalan quetzal
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    Average Temperature
    17°C - 21°C

Featured Guatemala & Belize Holidays

Classic Guatemala

9 Days
from £2,524
per person
Tikal - Guatemala Guatemala
This nine day journey takes you to a handful of the lesser-known cultural landmarks, giving you a real feel for the people and traditions of this beautiful, culturally-rich country.

In Style Guatemala and Belize

14 Days
from £6,692
per person
Colourful reef in Belize Guatemala
Beautiful hotels in the most iconic locations, private helicopter flights over volcanoes, kaleidoscopic reefs and magical sunsets over Maya temples, this journey takes you from Guatemala to Belize in style.

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