6 Ways to Tour Guatemala

Experience the vibrance of the Maya culture in several different ways

Tikal, Guatemala
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Immerse yourself in Maya culture, rejuvenate with a relaxing break or enhance your visual sense on a photography tour – all of these are perfect ways to experience Guatemala this year. Tour operator Bella Guatemala is enticing visitors to the country with a variety of authentic experiences over the course of this year, starting with a celebration of pageantry over Easter week in the country.

Easter Week Tour: March 22 to April 2

This is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. The Easter tour features guided access to annual Easter week processions, a tradition that was imported from Spain 500 years ago. In Antigua, the Easter celebration is the world’s largest and brings together citizens and visitors alike in its revelry. This homage to Jesus and the Passion of Christ is reflected in a series of processions with images, floats, sculptures and gorgeous sawdust and flower ‘carpets’ (alfombras) made by Guatemalan artists. The Easter week tour is $4,995, based on double occupancy.

Lost Kingdom of the Maya: April 20-29

This tour explores the culture of the Maya between 700 and 900 AD. Guatemala is home to some of the most incredible Mayan ruins and visitors will hike and climb through dense jungles to discover hidden cities and massive temples made of stone. Some of these archeological sites are said to be of the most significant structures in the Maya culture.

Lost Kingdoms tour is $4795, based on double occupancy.

Relaxation, Wellness, and Shopping: May 20-27

For those who are looking for a little less culture and a little more vacation, this tour focuses on relaxation, wellness, and shopping and combines elements of Maya culture into each experience. Travelers on this tour will be pampered with services such as hot stone massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, thermal pools, steam baths, full body treatments and yoga classes.

There’s also no better way to learn about a culture than to shop in the local artisan markets and this tour includes a visit to the local handicraft market where guests can see handmade jewelry, textiles, art, pottery, woodcarvings and more.

The relaxation, wellness and shopping tour is $2795, based on double occupancy.

Belize and Best of Guatemala: July 13-22

Combine two amazing countries into one trip with this tour. Immerse yourself in the charm of Antigua, Guatemala; the local flavor and excitement of the Belize Lobster Festival; experience crystal-clear waters of Caye Caulker and cruise the Rio Dulce River; and more. Belize and Best of Guatemala Tour is $3,995, based on double occupancy.

Guatemala Photography Tour: Oct. 7-15

Travel through Guatemala with photographer Brent Winebrenner, who has shot photos in more than 60 countries and is the guide on this tour. Winebrenner will be there to help travelers develop their photography skills to capture creative and timeless photos.

Through the lens of the camera, visitors will see stunning landscapes, lush jungles, picturesque Spanish Colonial towns, ancient ruins, churches, pyramids, temples and colorful cultural displays.

The photography tour is $3,995, based on double occupancy.

Dia de los Muertos Tour: Oct. 27-Nov.4

The Day of the Dead is one of the most significant celebrations in Latin America and Guatemala is one of the best places to experience the ceremonies and celebrations that go hand in hand with the holiday. The Dia de los Muertos tour provides guests with access to the All Saints Day Giant Kite Festival, which is an ancient tradition. Guatemala is the only country in the world that celebrates the Day of the Dead by flying enormous, colorful kites, believed to both communicate with and honor lost loved ones. Some believe that the higher your kite flies, the closer your message is to the spirits in heaven.

Dia de los Muertos tour is $3,995, based on double occupancy.