Guatemala Group Highlights
The northernmost country in Central America, Guatemala is best known for its indigenous culture, which still represents 60% of the country’s population, and the fascinating history of the Mayan civilization. It also is home to perhaps the biggest and most well-preserved colonial city in Latin America, Antigua, where this Guatemalan adventure begins.
Founded in the early 16th century, Antigua was the colonial Spanish capital of Latin America and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Although the city was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. Among these ruins in a former church, lit by hundreds of candles, your group will enjoy a spectacular private dinner.
One of the things Guatemala is well known for is coffee. The group will spend time on a nearby coffee plantation picking coffee and learning how it is processed before enjoying a cup or two over lunch with their local hosts.
After learning about Guatemala’s colonial past and one of their most important cash crops, the group will board a charter flight to Peten for a visit to Tikal and El Mirador, considered by many to be the center of the Mayan world. Located deep in the jungle, El Mirador was not mapped until 1962 and is still only accessible on foot (6-7 days roundtrip) or by helicopter (your group’s mode of transportation). Largely unearthed, this pre-classic Mayan city is home to the largest structure in the Mayan world, La Danta. Tikal National Park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the Mayan civilization. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, Tikal is Guatemala´s most famous cultural and natural preserve.
Guests will fly in and out of Guatemala City (La Aurora International Airport). Additionally, the charter to Peten will fly in and out of the domestic terminal at the same airport.
The group will be staying at two of the most beautiful and unique hotels to be found anywhere in the world. In Antigua, the group will stay in a restored Monastery of the Dominican Order turned into a 5-star hotel. It still preserves the treasures from the baroque period and the hotel features fabulous galleries, catacombs and much more.
In Peten the group will stay in a stunning boutique hotel set on 200 acres of land overlooking the Quexil lagoon. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the hotel’s private reserve nature reserve where they will see ocelots, margay tigers, jaguar, danta, deer, wild pigs and many others. The lagoon features two islands, one of which is inhabited by monkeys that are cared for by the hotel. On any morning guests can board boats to “monkey island” and feed them their breakfast.