Guatemala, although one of the smallest countries in Central America, is the one with the largest indigenous population.
A country as complete as can be, it offers nature in its purest form, impressive volcanoes to climb, interesting Mayan ruins, beautiful colonial cities to discover and enjoyable indigenous markets where you can buy the most beautiful fabrics you have ever seen. For the more mystical, the religious harmony that still exists among the native population will surely give you something to think about.
If you also seek beach life, Belize is only a step away and that’s where we will certainly go!!
We begin our journey in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, a Unesco World Heritage Site. We will walk its cobbled streets, visit its most important monuments, contemplate beautiful private gardens and visit local artists’ workshops.
Lake Atitlan, which is referred to as the most beautiful lake in the world, is surrounded by three perfect volcanoes and 12 villages named after the 12 apostles. These are inhabited by pure Mayas of the Tz’utujil, Quiche and Kaqchiquel ethnic groups for whom the lake is a sacred place, the navel of the earth that connects to the underworld. Visit villages and live with the people, grouped into communities, even eating with them, is a must for this trip.
The colorful handicrafts and textiles market of Chichicastenango will leave us speechless, as will the spectacular ruins of Yaxha / Topoxté (Petén), Tikal and El Mirador (which can only be accessed on horseback or helicopter).