Amanda Sweeney
Amanda Sweeney Product Manager
"Aside from Mexico, Guatemala is a huge draw for ancient culture as well as stunning scenery."

Antigua Holidays

The former capital of Guatemala was founded in 1543 and is one of the finest cities in Central America. This pretty town oozes colonial charm in a delightful setting, in the shadow of three volcanoes and surrounded by coffee plantations and fine haciendas. Antigua boasts a number of fine properties which have been converted into comfortable boutique posadas. Markets are a vital part of everyday life in Guatemala and local people walk from miles around to attend the weekly markets to buy food, textiles, clothing, livestock and many other goods. These markets are a riot of colour and noise and are a sight not to be missed on any trip to Guatemala.

Chichicastenango

The largest and the best-known market in Guatemala is the one at Chichicastenango on Thursdays and Sundays. This huge market which seems lost in time draws villages and tourists alike to buy and sell brightly woven textiles, ceramics and masks, just as it has done for centuries. Just as fascinating is the local food market where fresh meat and produce are bought and sold by local people - it is worth the early start to see this part of the market! Try some local foods in the stalls set up nearby.

Right at the heart of the main square and in amongst the vividly coloured textiles and handicrafts is the fascinating church - Iglesia Santo Tomas, Here, local Mayan customs sit comfortably side by side with Catholic tradition as the local Mayan Quiche people have retained their ancient culture and language, even after the arrival of the Catholic Spanish conquistadores.

Chichi, as the town is known, is a small town and accommodation is very simple here. It is worth spending one overnight here before market day to see the locals bargaining hard and before the crowds arrive mid-morning. However, if you prefer more luxurious accommodation, Chichi market can also be visited en route between Antigua and Lake Atitlan or as a day trip from either region.

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Classic Guatemala & Belize
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
From £3485 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Guatemala     Belize
On this 13-day tour, you’ll discover the highlands and jungle of Guatemala and the turquoise waters of Belize’s Caribbean...
Responsible Travel in Guatemala - Private Tour
From £2775 per person
8 day holiday
Flights included
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Guatemala
See village life and coffee growing communities, visit colourful authentic local markets, explore ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal and Aguateca, and take in picturesque Lake Atitlan and Antigua... a superb cultural trip that also makes a difference.
Classic Mayan Highlights
  • Culture & History
From £2795 per person
9 day holiday
Flights included
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Guatemala
For a stunningly beautiful and scenic introduction to the highlands and Mayan highlights of Guatemala, this tour is a must. Visit the attractive colonial city of Antigua and the spectacular lake and volcanic area of Lake Atitlan.
Central America Journey
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £3270 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Panama     Costa Rica     Guatemala
This exciting itinerary highlights the best of Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala all in one trip. You visit Panama City and the canal, Costa Rica's Arenal National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Guatemala's Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the famous market town of Chichicastenango.
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