Heart of Guatemala
Get ready to embark on a photographic adventure that’s as tantalizing to the senses as it is to the lens. Imagine the taste of authentic Guatemalan cuisine, rich with flavors and spices, as you dine in the heart of Antigua. Feel the thrill of capturing the majestic explosions of Acatenango Volcano, where the warmth of the lava contrasts with the cool mountain air. Inhale the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee at a local farm, and let the vibrant colors of Chichicastenango market dance before your eyes. Hear the gentle lapping of Lake Atitlan as you snap a golden-hued sunset, and touch the intricate fabrics woven with centuries of tradition. From the mystical ruins of Tikal to the lively streets of Flores, every moment is a blend of excitement, wonder, and joy. You’ll not only come back with award-winning pictures but a heart filled with unforgettable memories and connections. This is not just a tour; it’s a sensory feast that celebrates the beauty of Guatemala, and it’s waiting just for you.
Lakeside town with vibrant culture
Garifuna community with Caribbean vibes
Island city with ancient Mayan heritage
Mayan ruins with intricately carved stelae
Ancient Mayan city
Scenic river surrounded by lush forests and limestone cliffs
Ancient Mayan city amidst the jungle
Colonial city with Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture
Colorful lakeside village known for ceramic handicrafts
Colorful indigenous market with traditional crafts
Indigenous town on the shores of Lake Atitlán
What to expect
Oct 31st, 2024
- Official Name: Republic of Guatemala
- Location: Central America, bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south.
- Time zone: Central Standard Time
- Capital: Guatemala City
- Population: Approximately 18 million
- Official Language: Spanish
- Government: Unitary presidential republic
- Economy: Agriculture, remittances, manufacturing, and services sector form the backbone.
- Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Lake Atitlán surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous Mayan villages
- Colorful Chichicastenango Market
- Semuc Champey's natural limestone bridge and turquoise pools
- Lightweight, breathable clothing and sturdy shoes for hiking.
- Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.
- Bring or buy a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste.
- Hotels range from budget hostels to luxury resorts.
- Costs vary significantly by region and season.
- Safety: Use reputable booking platforms, consider reviews, especially for solo female travelers.
- Primary language: Spanish. Basic English phrases known in tourist areas.
- In remote regions, many indigenous languages are spoken, with little English.
- Respect local traditions and customs.
- Stay on marked trails to protect natural areas.
- Support local economy by purchasing local crafts and goods.
DAY 1 - Oct 31st, 2024
Welcome to Guatemala
DAY 2 - Nov 1st, 2024
DAY 3 - Nov 2nd, 2024
DAY 4 - Nov 3rd, 2024
Acatenango Volcano - Antigua
DAY 5 - Nov 4th, 2024
Chichicastenango - Atitlan
DAY 6 - Nov 5th, 2024
Lake Atitlan: Santiago Atitlan - San Antonio Palopo
DAY 7 - Nov 6th, 2024
Sunrise Rostro Maya - Solola - Flores
DAY 8 - Nov 7th, 2024
El Remate - Yaxha - Tikal
DAY 9 - Nov 8th, 2024
Tikal - Flores
DAY 10 - Nov 9th, 2024
Flores - Rio Dulce - Livingston
DAY 11 - Nov 10th, 2024
Livingston – Quirigua – Guatemala Ciudad
DAY 12 - Nov 11th, 2024
Guatemala Ciudad (Airport)
Hotel Casa Palopo
Hotel Casa Palopo sets itself apart with its boutique atmosphere and panoramic lake views. Offering a personalized service, the hotel features art-filled interiors, a library, and a top-rated restaurant. A haven for couples and solo travelers.
Guatemala is located in Central America, known for its rich Mayan heritage, colonial architecture, and stunning natural beauty including volcanic landscapes, rainforests, and diverse wildlife. It's a paradise for adventurers and culture enthusiasts.
Regions at a Glance
Guatemala is divided into various regions each with its unique charm. The Central Highlands houses Guatemala City, the capital and the heart of the country. The Peten region is famous for the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. The Western Highlands is known for its indigenous cultures, landscapes, and colorful markets.
Currency: Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ). ATMs are widely available in cities but may not be reliable in remote areas. Credit cards are generally accepted in cities and tourist areas.
Guatemalan culture is a blend of its Mayan heritage and Spanish colonial influence, seen in everything from its architectural styles to its traditional clothing and food. Indigenous markets and festivals provide colorful showcases of Guatemalan culture.
Travelers will need a valid passport. Visa requirements vary depending on the country of origin, check Guatemala's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information. Vaccination against Yellow Fever required if arriving from a risk area.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Medical Assistance: 120
Respect local customs and traditions, especially in indigenous communities. Drug laws are strict and punishments severe. It's illegal to take antiquities out of the country.
Electricity, Plugs, and Voltage
Type A and B outlets, 120V. Travelers from countries with different standards will need a plug adapter and possibly a voltage converter.
Guatemala has a tropical climate. Rainy season runs from May to October. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing, a good raincoat, and sturdy shoes.
Buses are the main form of transportation. Taxis, ride-shares, and private drivers are available in cities. Rental cars are an option but be aware of potential road conditions.
Useful Apps & Websites
Traveling in Guatemala offers a rich cultural experience combined with breathtaking natural beauty. For a safe and enjoyable trip, always respect local customs, be aware of your surroundings, and don't forget to explore beyond the typical tourist routes. Enjoy the diversity of experiences Guatemala offers and let the Land of Eternal Spring surprise you!
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