Guatemala, a country at the heart of the Maya world, is known for its vibrant indigenous culture, rich Amerindian heritage, Spanish-colonial influence, and deep connection with the environment. From the ancient ruins of the magnificent jungle-shrouded Tikal, to the well-preserved carvings and stonework at Quiriguá, Guatemala is filled with natural treasures waiting to be discovered. 

Travelers can experience the exquisite colonial treasures of Antigua, investigate Caribbean shores, and hike through lush forests while examining tropical wildlife. Keep a lookout for Guatemala’s most treasured bird, the Resplendent Quetzal. Featured in both Guatemala’s flag and currency, the colorful Quetzal is more than just a national bird; it was a sacred symbol to the ancient Mayas. 

Archaeological discoveries on both a small and massive scale are constantly emerging from the verdant landscape, which is scattered with ancient artifact-filled mounds. volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán (considered by many to be the world’s most beautiful lake), northern jungles, Pacific coast beaches, and the Garífuna enclave also provide breathtaking settings for exploring the country's natural and cultural wonders. 

Above the horizon, Maya villages, which are home to 21 different ethnic groups, dot the pine-forested highland hills and mountain peaks. Colorful traditional weavings worn by many Maya and the lively cobbled streets in the ancient market town of Chichicastenango are signatures of the dynamic, modern Guatemalan culture. 

For years Holbrook has led travelers to Guatemala, providing opportunities to engage in global discussions on cultural history, ecological preservation and species conservation. Our expertise in the region is beyond compare. Let us make your trip to Guatemala an unforgettable journey. 

Trips to Join

From $3,700


Belize and Guatemala | Neotropical Birds and Mayan Ruins: A Flyway Expedition

with Buena Vista Audubon Society
Mar 6, 2025 - Mar 14, 2025

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