Piercing through the jungle canopy in northeast Guatemala, the temples at Tikal are an impressive site, with steep sided limestone pyramids reaching upwards of 60m. Smaller structures have been claimed by the jungle, with a tangle of roots clinging onto the rock, adding to the atmosphere of this ethereal place. At dawn and dusk, the jungle comes alive with the calls of monkeys and birds.
Located in north-eastern Guatemala, Tikal was the largest Maya city of the Classic era (AD 250-900) reaching a population of 75,000 at its height. It was once the cultural centre of the New World (as revealed by the many tombs and artefacts that have been recovered), and its reconstructed architecture still tells the tale of its former inhabitants. Tikal speaks hauntingly of a lost world that was remarkably advanced for its time.
Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala
Francis Ford Coppola's secluded jungle retreat, La Lancha, is a charming hideaway located on the unspoiled shores of Lake Peten Itza and the most comfortable base for visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal that rise majestically out of the rainforest.
Set in the jungle overlooking Quexil Lagoon and near the great Mayan city of Tikal, Las Lagunas is a comfortable boutique lodge with just 19 suites. The lodge has a private reserve where wildlife, especially birds and monkeys, may be observed.
As the name suggests, Jungle Lodge is hidden within lush, tropical vegetation, but its close proximity to the Mayan site of Tikal is what makes this property particularly exciting; just half a mile from Tikal's central plaza you couldn't get much closer.
Imagine Guatemala and Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Lake Peten, Cayo District & Placencia
This awe-inspiring trip is perfect for adventurous travellers looking to experience the highlights of Guatemala and Belize without sacrificing luxury and comfort. Explore colonial cities and traditional settlements, visit vibrant markets, observe wildlife and uncover ancient ruins deep in the jungle and relax on white sandy beaches.
GBP £4,500 pp
Guatemala and Belize Uncovered
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District
Uncover the fascinating history and rich biodiversity of these two very different awe-inspiring countries. Explore colonial cities, visit bustling local markets, glide across lakes flanked by smoking volcanoes, discover ancient ruins and observe wildlife hidden in the jungle.
GBP £4,300 pp
Family Fun in Guatemala & Belize
Antigua, Tikal, Forest Highlands & Placencia
A varied and relaxing itinerary through Guatemala and Belize that is ideal for families looking for a dash of adventure, offering soaring jungle temples, colourful market towns, plentiful wildlife and the powdery white sand beaches of Belize's Caribbean.
GBP £4,800 pp
Ultimate Guatemala & Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge & Cayo Espanto
Indulge on an adventurous honeymoon through Guatemala and Belize, taking in vibrant cultures, fascinating history and wild jungle, before escaping to the beautiful Cayo Espanto, a paradisiacal private island hotel surrounded by shallow Caribbean waters and untouched coral reefs. Stay at luxurious properties throughout for the perfect mix of...
GBP £17,000 pp