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Guatemala and Belize Holidays Antigua Lake Atitlan Tikal Temple Ruins

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With over 16 million people Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. Between 250 and 900 AD it lay at the heart of the fabled Mayan empire and it now attracts 2 million tourists a year. Many of them come to see the fascinating Mayan ruins, but there are also bustling cities, beautiful Pacific beaches, spectacular lakes and mountain landscapes and historic colonial architecture. There are five different ecosystems, with wetlands, lagoons, rivers and even swamps, all of which ensure that the biodiversity matches anything in the region.
 
On Guatemala and Belize holidays, the cities are equally diverse. Bustling and busy Guatemala City is the country’s cultural centre, while colonial Antigua is stunningly preserved yet remains a typical and fascinating Guatemalan community. Rio Dulce is smaller but boasts its own national park, hot springs and the region’s longest bridge.
 
You will be genuinely spoilt for choice of things to do and see. Jungle trekking and hiking up active volcanoes, white water rafting or cruising on Lake Atitlan, one of the world’s most beautiful lakes. You can wander through some of the continent’s most outstanding colonial architecture, absorb genuine ethnic customs and handicrafts or marvel at the astonishing remains of the great Mayan civilisation, including the famous Tikal Temple ruins.
 
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Guatemala City, the capital, lies in the south in a mountain valley and contains 4.5 million people in its metropolitan area. It includes the extensive ruins of the Mayan city of Kaminaljuyu, founded in 1500 BC and occupied for nearly 3000 years. The city has spread around the ruins but the ceremonial centre has been preserved in an outstanding park. The city has a successful economy, which attracts thousands of migrants from the country and results in a busy, diverse environment and culture.
 
On Guatemala and Belize holidays you can enjoy a wide range of restaurants, shops and hotels, all served by a modern transport system. Guatemala's entertainment district, Zona Viva, is a must see as are the restaurants, bars and cafes of the pretty, pedestrianised downtown Zona 1. There are plenty of green spaces and parks too.
 
Despite the commercial buzz and clutter, the country’s finest museums, galleries and theatres are located here. The Historic Centre in the heart of the city includes the massive cathedral, the National Palace of Culture and the Presidential House. The culture and history here are outstanding by Central American standards, with the amenities of a world class city which sits right at the hub of this fascinating country.
 
By contrast Antiqua, just 28 miles west and a World Heritage Site, is a stunning example of colonial history and architecture. This famously well preserved town, overlooked by three volcanoes, is nonetheless a typical Guatemalan community which buzzes with activity. It is compact, so wandering to take in the monuments, ruins, fountains and historic buildings is easy. As well as the cathedral there are many convents, churches and museums. A major attraction is the Convento de Santo Domingo, founded in 1542 by Dominican friars. These picturesque and well preserved ruins are part of an archaeological zone which also includes a number of superb museums. These house a vast array of silverwork masterpieces, art, Mayan ceramic and stone pieces, glass and traditional handicrafts.
 
In the centre of town you will also find the Parque Central, a pleasant, bustling open space where you can take a tree-lined stroll and chill with the locals. For a more energetic walk, and a great view of the town, try the Cerro de la Cruz, a hill surmounted by a large cross thirty minutes from the Parque.
 
The Experimental Station Valhalla, a couple of miles from town, is a macadamia nut tree nursery and research centre. The trees offer a highly versatile cash crop alternative to coffee and the station has donated hundreds of thousands of trees to the Guatemalan people to improve their living standards. You can visit and support this important national project by sampling their many and diverse nut- based products, from skin cream to chocolate to a pancake breakfast. You can take the chicken bus, the main form of transport here. These are highly colourful, modified local buses, often a little crowded and perhaps with the odd chicken on board, but a lot of fun and a must-do on Guatemala and Belize holidays.
 
To escape the tourist route and see real Guatemalan life take a tour with the Ninos de Guatemala, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a better future for the local children. See for yourself where the people live, how they earn a living and the schools provided by this dedicated NGO. Continue your cultural experience with a wander round the town market, an enormous maze arranged in sections and offering every kind of food, gifts, clothing, art and artisan products.
 
You have to take the trip to Pacaya Volcano, the most active in the country and only 15 miles from town. It is over 8000 feet high and a guided hike will take 2-3 hours, but it is more than worth the effort. The views of the Guatemalan landscape, including the nearby volcanoes Agua, Fuego and Acatenago, are magnificent. There are safety restrictions but you should see the crater and you can roast your marshmallows over the hot volcanic stones and vents. On Guatemala and Belize holidays, choose a tour which includes a fantastic sunset and you really will have a trip to remember.
 
Lake Atitlan
Known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and located 32 miles northwest of Antigua, Lake Atitlan is Guatemala’s most important tourist attraction. Formed in the crater after a massive volcanic eruption 84000 years ago, it is blue, pure and 50 square miles in area. At 1129 feet it is one of the deepest in Central America. The largely indigenous population live in the towns and villages which surround the lake. They maintain their Mayan traditions and their own individual and highly colourful dress, the most striking in the country, if not the whole of Central America.
 
The only way to see this magnificent place is by boat tour. The views and the atmosphere, heightened by the three brooding volcanoes overlooking the lake, are truly unforgettable. Stop off and visit an organic coffee farm, a model village for ecological living, markets, crafts and a way of life which has barely changed for centuries. Alternatively, if you have never scuba-dived a volcanic crater then this is the place to do it on Guatemala and Belize holidays.
 
Tikal National Park - Tikal Temple Ruins
Located in northern Guatemala 40 miles from the town of Flores, this outstanding World Heritage Site is one of the wonders of Latin America. The 220 square miles of park include one of the continent’s largest and most important Mayan remains -the Tikal Temple ruins. Located in the heart of the jungle, this amazing city complex was inhabited between 600 BC and 900 AD and there are thousands of ruins including temples, pyramids, courtyards, palaces, public spaces, roads and dwellings. It tells of the history, art and genius of the Mayans in an unparalleled record of their social, religious and economic organisation. This is the largest excavated site in the Americas and anyone even remotely interested in great civilisations really has to visit this magnificent place.
 
The park is embedded in the much larger Maya Biosphere Reserve, which in turn is part of the huge Mayan Forest which extends into Mexico and Belize. As a result the bio-diversity and wildlife here is as extraordinary as the archaeology.  Among the wetlands, savannah, tropical and rain forests there are 2000 plant species, including 200 trees, over 100 mammals including jaguar and puma, 330 birds, 100 reptiles, rare monkeys and many more, including numerous endangered species. On Guatemala and Belize holidays there is something for everyone, and with Guatemala City only 190 miles away you can fly in via Flores for the day or stay longer and really explore.
 
For yet more natural, majestic natural beauty, visit Rio Dulce near Livingstone in the northwest of the country. Otherwise known as Fronteras the area boasts spectacular scenery and the longest bridge in Central America. In the Rio Dulce National Park you can see the Castillo De San Filipe, the fort built to defend the town against pirates and Mayan ruins at nearby Quirgua. One of the main attractions is the (very hot) Hot Springs Waterfall. Climb to the top of the falls and trace the hot stream to its source and take an optional mud bath. The water is cooled by the cold river water at the bottom where you can swim and if necessary wash off the mud.
 
On Guatemala and Belize holidays, if you prefer to swim in the sea the beautiful Pacific or Caribbean coast are never far away.
Exploring Guatemala and Belize
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Our Guatemala and Belize holidays combine the highlights of these two wonderful Central American countries. Starting in the lovely colonial city of Antigua, visit Lake Atitlan with its local villages & the Mayan ruins at Tikal. Then cross the border into Belize to explore the caves of the Cayo district, before flying to spectacular Ambergris Caye for snorkelling & diving. All transfers, light aircraft flights & sightseeing included.
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Antigua
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Chichi Market
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Lake Atitlan
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San Juan & Santiago Villages
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Tikal National Park
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Cayo District
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Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
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Ambergris Caye
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Snorkelling & Diving
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Guatemala and Belize holidays
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Antigua
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Chichi Market
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Lake Atitlan
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San Juan & Santiago Villages
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Tikal National Park
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Cayo District
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Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
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Ambergris Caye
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Snorkelling & Diving
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