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Fuego & Acatenango volcanoes at sunset, near Antigua, Guatemala


The heart of Central America is shaped by smouldering volcanoes, lush rainforest and ancient Mayan culture

Tours in Guatemala

Epic trekking routes through the jungle, white-water rafting, miles of caves and countless zip-lining opportunities: adventurers are spoilt for choice on Guatemala trips. With Exodus you can hike through traditional Indian villages, coffee plantations and cloud forest, and walk to the lava fields of the active Pacaya volcano and to the steaming crater of Cerro Quemado. 

Plus, there are more than 1000 classified Mayan sites to explore on Guatemala tours; the Mayans dedicated an immense amount of time to erecting giant monuments of stone, in the form of temples, pyramids and palaces. All this in a country with a wonderful coastline, fantastic forests and dramatic volcanoes overlooking Lake Atitlan, which the local people proudly claim as the most beautiful lake in the world.

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Expert view: The Mayan world

“While getting ready for the trip, as excited as I was, I always had at the back of my mind that this was La Ruta Maya, and was preparing myself to get a bit 'ruined out'. But I was totally wrong. Seeing these grand structures enabled me to understand and appreciate the Mayan world all the more. These archaeological sites are so much more than the centrepiece pyramids seen in guidebooks, and each one is unique.

“Tikal is striking: towering pyramids loom out of a dense forest. Covered in undergrowth, it makes you realise how this site remained hidden from the world for so long. Excavation and well-thought-out restoration work now gives a good balance between how the structures looked when rediscovered and how they looked when the city was still inhabited. This tour combines sightseeing with a jungle walk, giving the chance to learn about the flora and see the wildlife all around.”

Exodus Expert Niraj Shrestha travelled on one of our La Ruta Maya Guatemala tours. Read more insight from our experts here.

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