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.

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

Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, 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. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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Vibrant Colours of Guatemala

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’

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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Places to Stay

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

Casa Palopo

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

La Lancha

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

Bolontiku

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

Panza Verde

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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Highlights

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.

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Explore 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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Tikal

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

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

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.

Colours of Guatemala and Belize

beach luxury itinerary ideas

There’s no doubt that Guatemala and Belize make for the perfect combination of natural beauty, rich culture, and beachside paradise. Volcanic lakes, mysterious caves, turquoise water pools and gushing rivers give Guatemala a prehistoric feel and being one of the least visited countries in Latin America, a sense of discovery can be found all the…

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Location

We know Guatemala better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit
Guatemala

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Best time to go

Best visited from December to June when the heat is drier especially for sightseeing around the Mayan sites. Guatemala combines well with both Mexico and Belize.

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