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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.


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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:

Highlights of Guatemala

Nights: 7 | from £2,220pp

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

Family Holidays

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Mayas & Markets

Nights: 12 | from £3,245pp

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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Classic Guatemala and Belize

Nights: 13 | from £3,790pp

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

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Rainforest, Ruins & Reefs

Nights: 13 | from £3,695pp

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

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Active Guatemala

Nights: 10 | from £2,765pp

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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Camino Real Tikal

Located on the lake shores in the jungle region of El Remate, 45 minutes’ drive from the ruins of Tikal, this hotel has privileged views out over the... Find out more

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La Lancha

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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Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

Las Lagunas is located in the heart of the Maya area, minutes away from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins, where you can experience the... Find out more

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

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