Guatemala’s Highlands

The above sample Guatemala holiday takes in some of Guatemala’s best-known and some of its less well-known points of interest, combining charming colonial Antigua and beautiful Lake Atitlán with a journey through the highland towns to visit the ‘Ixil Triangle’ and then on over to Coban for a guided hike in the Biotopo del Quetzal, and a swim in the turquoise coloured pools of Semuc Champey. As you travel north to Tikal and you swap the cloudforest for the rainforest stop en route to visit the Maya ruins at Ceibal. Visit the grandest of all the Maya sites – Tikal – before turning east to the Caribbean coast for a stay in the Garifuna village of Livingston.

Guatemala Highlands

Day 1

Guatemala City

Fly to Guatemala City and transfer to the former colonial capital of Antigua.

Day 2


Morning City Tour to orientate yourself, then rest of the day at leisure to finish exploring this charming town, with its cobbled streets and scenic back-drop of volcanoes.

Day 3


Day at leisure. Visit the Jade Museum or the local market. Visit a coffee plantation, a weaving co-operative, climb Pacaya Volcano, relax in some local hot springs, go horse-riding or white-water rafting. Or simply sip a coffee in the central Plaza des Armas and watch the world go by.

Day 4

Lake Atitlán

Transfer to Lake Atitlán, visiting the colourful local market at Chichicastenango or Sololá en route.

Day 5

Lake Atitlán

Take a boat tour across the Lake to visit one of the communities who live around the Lake and learn about their customs and traditions.

Day 6


Travel north into the highlands, passing through indigenous villages and countryside most affected by the civil war of the 1980s.

Day 7

Ixil Triangle - Cobán

The Ixil community lives in the 3 towns situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Cuchamatan Mountains. Learn about their culture and traditions before travelling on to Cobán to end the day with a visit to the Biotopo del Quetzal.

Day 8


Day trip over to the turquoise-coloured pools and waterfalls of Semuc Champey.

Day 9


Descend from the cloudforest to the rainforests of Guatemala's north. En route take the boat to visit the Maya ruins at Ceibal before ending the day on the island town of Flores.

Day 10


Today will one of the holiday's high-lights when you visit the magnificent ruins at Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Extending more than 16 square kilometres, the city comprised over 3000 structures.

Day 11


Travel first by road then by boat to Guatemala's Caribbean coast and stay in the Garifuna town of Livingston, only accessible by boat.

Day 12


Enjoy a boat trip down the Rio Dulce, visiting Bird island, a community project and San Felipe Fort.

Day 13

Guatemala City

Transfer to Guatemala City. Stop en route to visi Quirigua Maya ruins, most well-known for their amazing stelae which would have been highly-painted in their day.

Day 14

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

The above sample Guatemala holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Guatemala has a good range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Guatemala Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Guatemala holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.

Duration of your Guatemala Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Guatemala holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Guatemala holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Guatemala holiday.