Guatemala is brimming with culture from the Maya to the Spanish
Home to tropical rainforests, volcanoes and ancient archaeological sites, Guatemala is the perfect destination for travellers searching for something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed holiday or something more laid-back, we’ve got you covered.
At Azure, our range of luxury hotels in Guatemala provide the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful and diverse country. From city centre colonial mansions to exquisite lakeside eco-lodges, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs from our superb collection. Holidays here can be spent getting back to nature in the national parks, soaking up the traditional culture, and visiting isolated hillside villages.
To expand your adventure, why not travel to the neighbouring country of Belize after you’ve experienced the delights of Guatemala? Just a short journey across the border, Belize also has lots to offer, including turquoise seas and golden sands.
A land of natural wonders
Guatemala has several areas of outstanding natural beauty. Take a trip to the vast volcanic lake at Lago de Atitlán and take a boat ride to visit the picturesque villages dotted around the shores. Another must-see is the ancient ruined Mayan city of Tikal. Towering 44 meters-high and hidden in the middle of the rainforest, you’ll come face-to-face with the last vestiges of this impressive civilisation.
Other treasures not to be missed include the cascading limestone pools of Semuc Champey. Set off the beaten track and among lush forests, each pool of crystalline water spills into the one below, making this one of the most beautiful spots for fresh water swimming.
In towns and cities like Flores and Antigua, you’ll find a host of things to see and do. With striking colonial architecture and a chilled-out atmosphere, these are great places to immerse yourself in the local culture. Head to the bustling markets to pick up some souvenirs before wandering around the preserved colonial buildings. Come evening, you can enjoy some of the local rum cocktails in one of the vibrant bars. The mountain town of Chichicastenango is also well worth a visit to walk down the quaint cobbled streets and visit its famous market, which is held twice a week.
During your stay, don’t miss out on the chance to try some of the country’s delicious cuisine. The national dish of Guatemala is Chicken Pepian, made with a tasty pumpkin and sesame sauce. Kak’ik - a Mayan spicy turkey soup - is also a favourite among the locals. Snack on some spiced mangoes or tasty tamales wrapped in banana leaves. Inspired by Spanish, Mayan, and Caribbean flavours, Guatemalan food is fresh, sometimes fiery, but always enticing.
A world of discovery
As one of the most lush and vibrant destinations in Central America, Guatemala offers a world of discovery and is the ideal choice for adventure-seekers. Whether travelling with your family or going it alone, our luxury holidays in Guatemala will leave you with cherished memories that will last forever.
If you want to get more information about our tailor-made holiday packages to Guatemala - and to neighbouring Belize - please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or live chat. Our helpful and friendly advisors are always on hand to offer assistance and will be delighted to help you create your next dream trip.
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