Guatemala Holidays

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Guatemala maybe small but the memories it inspires, like its dazzling range of attractions, are immense. Returning guests describe a candlelit supper among the haunting ruins of Yaxta temple - a unique A&K treat - as a 'once in a lifetime experience'.

A shamanic ceremony was equally atmospheric. Our guide knew the exact village house where the deity Maximon took ritualistic centre stage. His effigy was draped in scarves and broad brimmed hats, and a cigar placed between his lips, removed occasionally to pour spirits into his mouth. 'I new I was witnessing something very special,' wrote our client.

Very special is our trademark in Guatemala. We use highly qualified guides with detailed local knowledge and superb contacts: the best vehicles - you'll thank us for you A&K 4WD on the wilder roads - and can arrange seamless travel to surrounding countries.

Take an Abercrombie & Kent Guatemalan holiday in 2014 and you'll explore a country described as Central America in miniature, with everything from ruins to rainforests and colonial churches to Indian markets. Antigua, a hotbed of Spanish language schools, is swaddled by three volcanoes and blends picturesque colonial architecture with Mayan colour, particularly during Easter's sensory overload.

You'll also understand Aldous Huxley's claim that Atitlán is the world's most beautiful lake. How do we know? Well guests already report waking up at Casa Palopo to see an exquisite trinity of volcanic peaks above a glassy-calm lake.

Head north on a luxury A&K tour and you'll find Mayan temples snuggling into fecund jungle; the monumental pyramids of Tikal and Yaxta spiking above the canopy, the almost reverential silence shattered by the howler monkey's extraordinary screech.

And we can't omit Chichicastenango in the highlands, famed for its market flogging everything from animals to medicinal plants and hot tortilla. It prompted one guest to recommend 'Jump in a flete taxi with your guide and explore the area. It's authentic, it's amazing, it's what we travel for, isn't it?'

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Best time to be there

Known as the country of eternal spring, Guatemala is good to visit all year round but the dry season is November to May. The climate also varies according to altitude. The low-lying jungle areas such as El Peten are generally hot and sticky, in contrast to the highlands which are pleasantly warm during the day but can be very cool at night.

Fly to

Guatemala City - daily via Miami

flying time

12 hours

time difference

GMT -6 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever if arriving from an infected area

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Quintessential Guatemala and Belize

Nights: 13 | from £3,695

Enjoy 13 nights in beautiful Guatemala and Belize which embody the perfect holiday combination of culture and relaxation amid jungles and gorgeous beaches. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Beach

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Highlights of Guatemala

Nights: 7 | from £2,220

Explore Mayan ruins, visit colonial towns and experience life in an indigenous village when you spend 7 nights in fascinating Guatemala. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Mayas & Markets

Nights: 12 | from £3,245

Mayan ruins, colonial jewels, island beaches and coral reefs, your 13 nights in Belize and Guatemala will thrill beach and culture lovers alike. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Rainforest, Ruins & Reefs

Nights: 13 | from £3,695

A transporting and exciting 13 night trip to the rainforest, ruins and reefs of Belize and Guatemala with time for R&R too. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Beach

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Active Guatemala

Nights: 10 | from £2,795

Hike the shoulder of active volcano, explore Antigua valley by bike & take to Lake Atitlan in a Kayak during your active tour of Guatemala. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Meson Panza Verde

Antigua  

Meson Panza Verde was established in 1986 as the first luxury boutique hotel in Antigua. Hidden amongst the town's cobble stone streets, wonderful ruins...Find out more

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La Lancha

Tikal  

Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá is La Lancha, a quaint, 10-room lodge decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as...Find out more

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Casa Palopo Atitlan

Lake Atitlan  

Overlooking Lake Atitlan, described by author Aldous Huxley as the 'most beautiful lake in the world', this hotel occupies a truly privileged location....Find out more

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Honeymoons

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Graeme, Charlie, Melissa, Dave, Kerry and Kelly are experts in designing the perfect holiday in Latin America to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of our hotels and resorts featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

Read about our lastest experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean in our Travel Blog pages.

To find out more about our Latin America team, click on the consultant links below or call them on 01242 547 701 or enquire online

 

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.

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