Welcome to Guatemala
From the coast to the highest point in Central America, at 4,211 m. (13,815 ft), Guatemala has
incredible geographic and cultural diversity. From surfing the Pacific to cruising the Carribean to a
string of volcanoes, inland lakes, and rainforests, Guatemala has a world´s worth of fascinating places.
The center of the ancient Mayan Empire, Guatemala still retains its culture. With a population of
13.3 million people, 40% are Mayan Indegenous, and speak an ancient mayan language. Many wear traditional clothing and practice Mayan culture. Later, as a center of Spanish Colonial power,
Guatemala was adorned with incredible colonial architecture. Thousands of impresive
monostaries, and government buildings were constructed, as early as 1519.
Weekend Excursions and Optional Trips around Guatemala
Semuc Champey: beautiful limestone pools set deep in the jungle. Jump from cliffs, or enjoy the best natural swim you will ever have. |
Visit the Mayan Market Town of Chichicastenango:
Thursday and Sunday are market days, when people flock
to buy woven articles, wood carvings and ceramics. Remember to bargain!
This crystal clear lake is set in an ancient volcanic crater over 500 m deap. Boat around the lake to visit undisturbed Mayan villages, or tourist towns, like Panajachel. Swim, kayak, and ride horses
Set in a tropical jungle which houses howler and spider monkeys, iguanas, jaguars and
many colorful birds. The worlds most impressive Mayan ruins cover more than 222 square miles..
Group or Private Salsa Lessons:
Discover your latin side and learn to move like the locals |
Climb an Active Volcano:
Volcan Pacaya is just a short drive from
Antigua. Climb with a guide to see active lava flows every day
Copan Ruinas Honduras:
While not as towering as Tikal, the
temples and stelae here boast incredibly intricate, detailed carvings. Set at the center of a nature reserve for Scarlet Macaws, deep in the Honduran jungle
Rio Dulce and Livingston:
Set in a tropical jungle, this river runs from Lake Izabal to the Caribbean.
Pictured, the pirate fort Castillo de San Felipe, was orginally built in 1595. Livingston, Guatemala, at the mouth of the Carribean has a strong African influence and fascinating Garifuna culture not found in any other part of Guatemala.
, has lead these fantastic student experiences for many years, and
knows the interesting history and background of each location, as well as all the
insider tips that only an experienced Guatemalan national can provide.
¿Salsa Classes, Coffee, Museum Tours?
Check out our weekly activities page for information on our included afternoon activities
Or learn more about what goes on in the incredible City of Antigua