Ancient Wonders of Guatemala

Where village markets burst with color and Mayan ruins whisper secrets

  • Marvel at active volcanoes and impressive Mayan ruins, and meander cobbled streets
  • Vibrant Chichicastenango, boasting Central America's largest outdoor market
  • Additional options to book private homes, charter fights, and helicopter rides
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 9 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Guatemala is an often-overlooked country, rich with tremendous scenery, Mayan masterpieces, colonial grandeur, and cheery, heart-involving folks. As our Guatemala guru Natalie Crow says, “For a full-on cultural experience that is so different from our own, this colorful country is surprisingly easy to get to, which makes for a perfect weeklong jaunt.”

We begin in lovely colonial Antigua, then head via the resonant ruins at Iximché to volcano-encircled Lake Atitlán, where we boat about in good fettle. Next we browse Chichicastenango’s colorful Mayan market, before returning to Guatemala City for an overnight. From here it’s northward to dive into nature, history, and architecture at the beguiling site of Aguateca and the even more impressive remains of Tikal, the Mayan capital. During the heyday of the Mayan empire, in the 8th century CE, the five towering temples of Tikal, poking through a jungle canopy, signaled the—alas, evanescent— ascendancy of the Mayans. For those who enjoy being pampered, inquire about our access to private homes, charter flights, helicopters, and other niceties. Or, if you are considering a trip for the family, biking and kayaking options abound, not to mention activities for kids to get acquainted with local little ones.

We're also happy to tie in time in neighboring (and blissful) Belize, where you might swim and boat along the Caribbean coast. Please give us a call at 800-777-8183 for more information.

Guatemala tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Guatemala City, overnight in Antigua
  • Days 2 & 3: Antigua
  • Day 4: Iximche and Lake Atitlán
  • Day 5: boat trip to Santiago Atitlán
  • Day 6: Chichicastenango, on to Guatemala City
  • Day 7: fly to Flores, Aguateca archaeological site
  • Day 8: Mayan ruins of Tikal
  • Day 9 : depart Guatemala.