Guatemala HOLIDAYS

A DESTINATION WITH COLONIAL GRANDEUR AND SUPERB NATURAL SCENERY

Central + South America

Guatemala

ancient cities lost in the jungle, indian markets, cultural richness, uncharterEd rainforest

Think of Central America – its richness, strangeness and great beauty – and then imagine it in its most concentrated form. That is Guatemala: a place of fantasy; ancient cities lost in the jungle, towering smoke-ringed volcanoes, teeming Indian markets, vibrant colour, uncharted rainforests, amazing cultural richness and deep indigenous tradition, and a sense of  excitement and exploration that is rarely possible today.

Once the preserve of the backpacker, Guatemala now has several excellent small hotels and posadas, creating a unique network from which our clients can explore even the least visited regions without sacrificing the basic comforts.

Best visited: December to June

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange seven days in Guatemala (not including flights) from £4000 per person.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


explore antigua

Private tour of Antigua

Antigua is the best preserved colonial town in Guatemala. You feel like you are in Mexico but 50 years ago. It has lovely small hotels set in cobbled streets and a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, which makes it perfect for anyone looking for a few days to relax.

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The mayan site, tikal

Visit ancient Mayan site, Guatemala

Tikal is hidden deep in the jungle and well-preserved, it is the most famous Mayan site in Guatemala yet Tikal still has that just discovered atmosphere.

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relax at Lake Atitlan

Ultimate relation holiday Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is a beautiful, natural lake fringed with villages and markets, it is a lovely area to visit by car or by boat and is fantastic area to relax away from the towns and watch the world go by.

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exploring the local markets

Luxury Holiday to Guatemala

The local markets in Guatemala are a weekly meeting point for many of the communities, they are full of vibrant colour and bustling with locals and tourists alike.

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Itineraries

The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream.  In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

discover guatemala

guided cultural trips to Guatemala

Learn about the rich history and colourful culture of Guatemala. Combine a trip to one of its largest colonial cities Antigua with a few nights on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, and you will get a real feel for Guatemala’s captivating culture and natural beauty.

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Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. 

vibrant colours of guatemala

Visit Guatemala with specialist travel company

When our client, Tony Frazer-Price, was discussing his up-coming trip to Guatemala, many of his friends told him it was too dangerous to go. He dithered, but with our advice and careful planning he was very glad he visited and left having had a fantastic experience. Getting under the skin of Guatemala allowed him to see its vivid colours, warm people and the country's ancient ruins.

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Taking on 'Chichi'

visit Guatemala with specialist travel agent

Sophia Constant, our Central+South America destination expert visited Guatemala's buzzing Chichicastenango market. She was blown away by the size of the market with hundreds of make-shift stalls all connected through winding alleys spreading to eternity. She was overwhelmed by the colour and creativity, and left with the feeling of being completely immersed in something 'real'.

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Guides

Our relationships count for a lot and we still work with some of the same people we have worked with for twenty years. There is also constant change and the teams are always reviewing and adding to the experiences which they can offer and the lodges, hotels and guides they work with.

Gabriela de la baastide

guide

guided tour of Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Gabriela is our top guide for the beautiful Lake Atitlan. She has lived in six different countries, and has travelled the entire Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Venezuela and the United States. She has unrivalled experience in Guatemala of getting to know new places, people and cultures hence her love for guiding and meeting interesting people. She loves Guatemala, due to its natural beauty, culture, history, variety and most of all the people. We usually utilise guides who were born in the country where they work but form time to time, the objectivity of the outsider brings an added dimension to a clients experience in a place like Guatemala.

Jane henwood de garcia

Guide

English speaking guide Guatemala

Jane is British born and educated but whilst travelling through North and Central America she fell in love with both a Guatemalan and the beautiful and varied country of Guatemala. Since 2000 she has lived in Antigua and has been guiding for us since 2004, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge of the country as well as the Western point of view. Sharing Guatemala with tourists is a family affair, her husband and children also work for our agent on the ground.

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Accommodation Reviews

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Casa palopo

Extraordinary Hotels in Guatemala

Casa Palopo is an authentic colonial home newly restored into a stylish boutique property. It is one of our favourite hotels in Guatemala, beautifully positioned overlooking Lake Atitlan. The setting is truly spectacular but it isn't just its location that makes it wonderful. The atmosphere is charming and the decor is designed to evoke Guatemala's Mayan heritage. Only a couple of hours from Antiqua, Lake Atitlan is a must when visiting this remarkable country.

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la lancha

Ulimate Hotel in Guatemala

Located near Tikal, La Lancha is set in one of the world's wilder and most beautiful spots. The owner, Francis Ford Coppola, fell in love with the beauty of Guatemala and wanted a simple, authentic, yet equally luxurious property to reflect this passion. Hidden in the rainforest, in an elevated position overlooking Lago Peten Itza, the lodge is both the perfect place to get away and relax or to indulge in the numerous adventures awaiting you in the Peten region.

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bolontiku

Brand New luxury hotel in Guatemala

Just a few months old when Destination Expert, Sophia, visited in May 2014, Bolontiku is a new hotel in the Flores region of Northern Guatemala. Perfectly located for visiting the legendary jungle ruins of Tikal and Uaxactun nearby, it’s the luxury hotel that Flores has been lacking as a base for exploring these Mayan wonders. It’s still finding its feet but from our experience, this is part of the teething process and we’re keeping a close eye on it. Hopefully very soon, their willingness to both please and succeed will pay off in their favour – and ours.

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panza verde

Boutique Hotel in Guatemala

This has always been one of cazenove+loyd’s favourite little secrets. It is without a doubt our front-runner in the city, situated right in the centre of stunning Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Guatemala’s most beautiful colonial cities. Just off the main street, make your way through painted wooden doors into an unexpected little oasis; a lush, green garden, where plants and flowers are abundant in the traditional inner courtyard of this charming and alluring hotel.

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