Guatemala’s Mayan heritage is still visible in its people, rituals, myths, religion, language and arts. The large indigenous population still lives much as they have done for hundreds of years and with many traditions & beliefs dating back to ancient times. There are 23 different Maya languages spoken in Guatemala and every village has its own distinctive textile using colours and symbols particular to their region.
The Department of Petén, in the country’s north, covers almost one-third of Guatemala and is the least populated region, home to rainforests and ancient Mayan cities. The most well-known and impressive ruins is Tikal, with soaring temples concealed within the enormous Tikal National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As well as a rich cultural history Guatemala is privileged with stunning and diverse landscapes- highland volcanoes, cloud forest, Caribbean coastline, deep jungle and pretty colonial towns. Central America’s deepest lake, Lake Atitlan, is reputed by visitors and residents alike to be the most beautiful in the world, and certainly anyone who has ever paddled across its smooth waters at dawn feels the same.
Guatemala’s charming colonial town of Antigua is a popular spot for those wishing to enrol in Spanish classes- ask us about our home-stay packages for the ultimate immersion experience!