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A Guatemala Adventure!

 

Guatemala is a beautiful dichotomy – old and new living side-by-side. A country where you can watch an authentic shamanic ceremony unfold and moments later dine on gourmet cuisine overlooking a lake ringed by volcanoes. Kayak through hidden coves, explore artisan villages, learn traditional weaving techniques from master weavers or climb ancient Maya temples; Guatemala’s opportunities for culture and adventure are limitless.

 

Your adventure begins in Antigua, Guatemala. This UNESCO Heritage Site, famous for immaculately preserved, Spanish Baroque architecture and ruined colonial churches is a popular destination for world travelers. Enjoy an afternoon haggling in the frenetic Mercado (farmer’s market) or hiking up the Cerro De La Cruz for spectacular views of the city below.  Antigua is the perfect place to explore on foot. Spend an afternoon wandering the narrow cobblestone streets to La Merced, The iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, and Iglesia de San Francisco. Or take the afternoon to scale Volcan Pacaya, one of Guatemala’s thirty-seven Volcanoes.

 

Just a couple of hours west of Antigua lays Lago Atitlan (Lake Atitlan). Nestled in the shadow of three enormous volcanos, Lago Atitlan attracts thousands of visitors a year to its pristine shores and azure waters. Explore the small Mayan villages that ring the lake. Twelve communities named after the twelve apostles offer hand-woven textiles and handicrafts. Pay your respects to Maximon, aka San Simon, the moonshine loving, cigar smoking, sacred trickster and patron saint of Santiago. Kayak the cerulean lake to San Marcos for a yoga class or enjoy the best pain au chocolat or a croissant in Central America at the Idea Connection in San Pedro. Hike the San Pedro Volcano then soak in thermal baths before watching a breathtaking sunset over the Atitlan.

 

Travel from the shores of Atitlan to the northernmost department of Guatemala, El Peten and you’ll find the home of the most famous and significant of the Maya archaeological sites, Tikal.  Comprised of more than 3000 structures and bookended by the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Temple of the Masks, this massive campus of Mayan ruins is a sprawling, ancient metropolis of terraces, palaces, and ball courts. Some travelers may recognize the ruins from  George Lucas’ film Star Wars: Episode IV as the rebel base on Yavin 4. Tikal’s iconic temples jutting from the canopy of the rainforest give the site a distinctly otherworldly feel. Spend the day with our expert, multilingual guides wandering through the monumental architecture and pondering the Maya, their advanced civilization, and their sudden mysterious disappearance.

 

Our tours to Guatemala focus on its varied culture, rich Maya traditions, and both indigenous and contemporary cuisine. From the highlights of Guatemala City’s museums and Antigua’s colorful markets to Lake Atitlan’s picturesque villages and Tikal’s impressive temples, Guatemala is a world traveler’s treasure trove. African Safari Company can tailor your trip to emphasize Guatemala’s traditional cuisine,  artisan chocolate, small crop coffee tours, and farm-to-table dining experiences. African Safari Co. & Expeditions works one on one with our clients to create the perfect custom cultural focused, high-end luxury or activities packed adventure for families, honeymooners, small groups and travel enthusiast.