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The Department of Petén covers almost one-third of Guatemala and is the least populated. Situated in the north, with an average altitude of just 130m, this area known as the lowlands is home to rainforests and ancient Mayan cities. The most well-known and impressive site is Tikal, at its height during the Classic period, with soaring temples concealed within the 576 km2 Tikal National Park, where birds and wildlife abound. But there are many other, lesser-known sites to explore, away from the crowds. Within Lake Petén Itzá's 99 km2 lies the island city of Flores. Incredibly, the Itzá Maya who occupied this area held out against the Spanish conquistadors until 1697. A short causeway links Flores with the mainland and the Mundo Maya International Airport.
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.
Guatemala City - daily via Miami
GMT -6 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever if arriving from an infected area
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:
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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.
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