Begin in Antigua, located in the shadow of the Agua Volcano and one of the most enchanting colonial towns in the Americas. Take a leisurely stroll through its narrow cobbled streets to discover a rich architectural heritage of old convents, ruined churches, elegant plazas and beautifully restored houses.
Then continue by road to Lake Atitlan. Of all Guatemala’s natural attractions, Lake Atitlan is perhaps the most astonishingly beautiful. In its unforgettable highland setting fringed by majestic volcanoes, pine forests and colourful Mayan villages, life and customs have changed little over the centuries. The possibilities for adventure are endless and include boat trips to nearby Indian villages and textile markets, kayaking and volcano hikes.
Entombed in dense tropical jungle lie the awe-inspiring ruins of Tikal, possibly the greatest of all the ancient Mayan cities. Towering pyramids and temples soar above the forest canopy that teems with exotic wildlife.
Continue your jungle adventure into Belize for some beachside relaxation on the Caribbean at the lovely Turtle Inn, which offers superb opportunities for snorkelling, diving and fishing, or pampering at the spa.
Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.
|Stay||Location / Route||Overnight|
||Fly to Guatemala City (via Miami)||Day flight|
||Antigua, Guatemala||Posada del Angel|
||Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala||Casa Palopo |
||Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala||La Lancha|
||Placencia, Belize||Turtle Inn|
||Fly to London (via Miami)||Overnight flight |
When to travel
Guatemala is called the "Land of Eternal Spring" because the average annual temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit (a bit cooler, especially in the evenings around Lake Atitlan, 5,000ft elevation). While June through August see the most tourists, April, early May and November for gorgeous weather and smaller crowds. The rainy season lasts from May to October, typically beginning each day with clear skys and clouding up and rains beginning after mid-day. The Semana Santa (Easter week) proceedings in March or April are very popular and bookings need to be made far in advance. High season rates apply for most hotels both During Semana Santa and the Christmas/New Years seasons.
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Location and directions
Guatemala and Belize
Posada del Angel is located on 4a Avenida Sur, in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, close to Antigua Cathedral, Parque Central, and La Merced Church.
Casa Palopo is set high above the spectacular Lake Atitlan on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village. With a view of three volcanic peaks - Toliman, Atitlán and San Pedro. Located 90 miles from Guatemala City in the Guatemalan Highlands.
Then to the rainforest, high above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, in Guatemala’s largest and most northern department, the Petén, La Lancha is located an hour away from the Belize border and only a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Maya ruins of Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Turtle Inn is sandwiched between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the Creole fishing village of Placencia at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. Directly behind Turtle Inn to the west lie the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon and spectacular views of the Maya Mountains and Victoria
How to get there
14-hour flight to La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City, followed by a 45-minute private car transfer to Posada del Angel.