Unearth your inner Indiana Jones on a journey to Guatemala. Ker & Downey shares where you can dig into the fascinating history of this central American country and what types of Maya discoveries await.
An aerial survey of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in 2018 remarkably revealed over 60,000 previously-undiscovered Maya structures that are over 1,000-years-old. Soar in a helicopter above the sprawling site hidden away in the dense jungles.
Wander through Antigua’s cobblestone streets, one of the best preserved and most beautiful colonial cities in the Americas. The luxury boutique Posada del Angel effortlessly (and beautifully) blends Spanish and Maya heritage. Large old-fashioned room keys and antique four poster beds add to the charm. Go with a Ker & Downey guide to explore the breathtaking monuments and stop at an authentic hacienda to sip on a cup of coffee—one of Guatemala’s most famous exports.
Enjoy a private boat ride around the lake to see the small indigenous villages, and learn about the multi-generational weaving techniques in San Juan la Laguna. Three stunning volcanoes rise out of Lake Atitlan’s emerald surface. During your custom journey to Guatemala, we suggest experiencing the breathtaking, incomparable views from Casa Palopo.
A private helicopter will take you to northern Guatemala to spend a few days among the peaceful ruins. Witness the stunning sunset on top of the main pyramid in Yaxha, rediscovered in 1904. See the fascinating archaeological excavations of Tikal, the city and ceremonial center of the ancient Maya civilization and the largest excavated site in the Americas. Ker & Downey will get you access to the site with a private guide who will show you around the layout of the temples and explain theories about why this civilization may have disappeared.
Surround yourself with nature in a Las Lagunas Boutique cabana. Embraced by tropical rainforests and five enchanting lagoons, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is a luxurious property in the heart of the country’s Mayan world. Sip on a hibiscus welcome drink and listen to the sweet sounds of the jungle. Trek into the lush greenery and spot one of the 250 bird species, including parrots, macaws, and toucans. You can also take a boat out to Monkey Island to see the rescued howler monkeys.
A special guided tour of the clothing collections of the Ixchel Museum will give you a better understanding of the culture of Guatemala. See the incredibly well preserved indigenous ceremonial outfits that date back to the 14th century, and then enjoy a local lunch.
Ready to dig into Maya history? Contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant to plan a journey to Guatemala.