A treasure trove filled with fascinating landmarks and geological sites, the heart of Guatemala belongs to the ancient Mayan civilization which has fascinated, intrigued and enchanted globe trotters for long. For a harmonious mix of diverse cultures that can be witnessed as soon as you step foot on the cobblestone streets, venture into the world which has a hint of colonial architecture, the magic of the Caribbean and the soothing majesty of what some called the ‘most beautiful lake in the world’.
To truly engross yourself in the land of Guatemala, the best way to look at what it has to offer is through a macro lens. When viewed from afar, Guatemala is a mix and match of civilizations that have left their mark on its identity. Walk into the ancient Mayan city of Tikal – its ruins are a sprinkle of magic resting between a lush green rainforest with enchanting flora and fauna. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Tikal National Park has soaring, steep sided temples which are facilitating the growth of mysterious vegetation. The aroma of this land fuelled by the mystery that it holds is a mesmerizing site for anyone and everyone who witnesses it for the first time.
The architectural specimens of the colonial era with which Antigua is laced are strikingly different from the beauty of Tikal – yet they are wonderfully captivating in their own way. Take a traditional handicrafts class to learn the tricks of making designs which are featured on shawls and head coverings. Feeling the need to take a night off and party your time away? Well, the bar scene in Antigua is bustling, to say the least, spend your evenings in one of the many bars sprawled all across the city and enjoy a unique nightlife experience.
A change in landscape is a constant feature of this vibrant country – from the dense rainforests to the valleys that lie between majestic mountains. Chichicastenango is a specimen of colour and vibrancy with a bustling commercial atmosphere. A heaven for tourists, take a walk between the narrow streets of the town as you interact with local shoppers. The streets are laced with handicrafts and items woven by the hand of local makers. The intricacy of these items will surely blow your mind. This large Mayan trading centre is also a hub of local delicacies and cuisines that will leave a lasting impact on your taste buds. A trip down these lanes is a must if you plan to witness what Guatemala is all about with your own eyes!
Be prepared to be captured by the serenity of Lago de Atitlán and witness the astonishing beauty of volcanoes and steep mountains from afar. The landscape of this vicinity has been consistently ranked by globe trotters as being of the most enchanting spectacles on the planet and rightly so.
Guatemala is beauty, vibrancy, colours, culture and serenity all wrapped in one – it is a must visit on the list of those who have a hint of wanderlust in their soul. Why not immerse in the beauty of this land. This 7-day itinerary is perfect for a getaway that will always hold a special place in your heart!
Getaway to Guatemala
Day 1/2 – Trip to Antigua – 2 days
Day 3 – Chichicastenango Tour – 1 day
Day 4 – The Ancient Mayan Tour around Tikal – 1 day
Day 5/6 – Guatemala City – 2 days
Day 7 – Free Day