Millions of years ago, the Central American land mass pushed out of the oceans to create a bridge between the continents. Nature and peoples from the North and the South were forced to interact here at this natural crossroads, making for the most intense blend of wildlife and culture. Step back in time as your senses vie for your attention on the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua and Granada. Expand your understanding of our world as natural historians interpret the marvels of the deep tropical forests in some of what National Geographic has described as “the most bio-diverse place in the world.” Pick up the pace in this adventure-travel mecca, as you navigate white water, zip-line through the forests canopy, and hike in world wildlife preserves. Let time stand still on a sandy white beach as you wonder what may have become of the Maya and the Inka, and why they relinquished their magnificent temples and pyramids, for the jungles to claim back.
Considered to be Central America’s most diverse country, Guatemala charms its guests with a treasure trove of diverse and dramatic landscapes, as well as an intriguing fusion of Mayan and colonial culture and history. The Evolved Traveler’s new 8-night journey, “Guatemala: Mayan Mysteries & Magic,” will let you experience all the wonders and mystique of this emerging gem.
Your journey begins in Antigua, a cosmopolitan town with a rich colonial past. Its cobblestone streets are lined with pastel-hued homes, and an exceptional selection of cafes, restaurants, and shops. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Antigua sits in a valley between coffee farms, indigenous villages, and three imposing volcanoes. Engage with the locals as they go about daily life at the bustling, and colorful Comalapa and Cichi Markets before embarking on a sunset cruise on Lake Peten, just one of Guatemala’s postcard backdrops. Your accommodations on Lake Peten are none other than La Lancha, Francis Ford Coppola’s luxurious property. Take in the fabled Mayan ruins of Ixmiche, dramatic Tikal, and Uaxcutun where you will experience a true-once-in-a-lifetime event - spending the night under the stars amongst its ethereal ruins!
There is no mistaking the allure and authenticity of Guatemala, a hidden gem in our own backyard. We invite you to let The Evolved Traveler plan your transformative journey to experience all the cultural, natural and historical riches of this wondrous country.
9-Days – 8-Nights $4,995 per person based on double occupancy
Colonial Antigua, lunch at a sustainable coffee plantation, visits to Comalapa and Chici Markets, Lake Peten, exploration of the Mayan ruins at Ixmiche and Tikal, and a night under the stars at Uaxcutun