Guatemala is distinct among Central American countries due to its incredible diversity of natural landscapes combined with ancient traditions that flourish among today's living Maya cultures. Throughout the highlands travelers will find communities where the authentic, traditional life of indigenous people remains visible and accessible. Ancient kingdoms of monolithic structures and temples, now enveloped by jungle, connect modern Maya to ancestral civilizations. Our expert guides weave a colorful tapestry from pre-historic beginnings through Guatemala's turbulent past to today's optimism and the beginnings of a cultural renaissance. In addition to cultural vitality and archeological wonders Guatemala offers a stunning variety of natural environments. A verdant and mountainous landscape of tropical rain forests, highland cloud forests, white-water rivers, active volcanoes and scenic lakes are protected in a system of national parks and wildlife reserves. Colonial heritage can be found in many monasteries, restored churches, and old haciendas, many of which have been converted into lovely boutique style hotels. This is especially true in the colonial capitol of Latin America, Antigua, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. After years of civil war, Guatemala has emerged as a peaceful democracy, struggling to define itself as a blossoming region with an auspicious future while hosting over half a million visitors each year.
Our trips utilize adventurous activities such as hiking, rafting, kayaking and cave exploration to explore Guatemala's highlights with a focus on interpreting the nature, history and culture of this diverse nation. Hike among traditional villages where life has remained unchanged for hundreds of years and locals still wear colorful, traditional dress. Paddle the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlan or hike one of the dramatic volcanoes bordering the lakes rim. Raft exciting rivers in search of tropical wildlife and explore sacred underground caves. Our expert local guides create connections between ancient and modern Maya cultures, illuminating the historic roots of modern traditions, as you wander through indigenous markets and amble among Maya ruins. If you seek the ultimate combination of culture, nature and adventure then Guatemala is for you.