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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.


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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Highlights of Guatemala
  • Culture & History
From £3295 per person
10 day holiday
Flights included
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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, the spectacular lake and volcanic area of Lake Atitlan, the Caribbean coastal town of Livingston as well as Central America's most spectacular Mayan site of Tikal.
Classic Guatemala & Belize
  • Beach
  • Culture & History
From £3795 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Guatemala     Belize
Discover the highlands and jungle of Guatemala and the turquoise waters of Belize’s Caribbean coastline. See the full kaleidoscope of...
The Mayan World
  • Culture & History
From £4690 per person
13 day holiday
Flights included
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Guatemala     Honduras     Mexico
Visit the most spectacular Mayan sites Central America has to offer. Incorporating the Mayan communities of Copan in Honduras, Tikal in...
Central American Journey
  • Culture & History
  • Wildlife
From £4795 per person
16 day holiday
Flights included
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Panama     Costa Rica     Guatemala     Nicaragua
This exciting itinerary highlights the best of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala all in one trip. Take in stunning landscapes of volcanoes and shimmering lakes, wildlife rich waterways and cloud forest, history and culture and the marvellous feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal.
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