Caravan all inclusive vacations are a great way to travel worry-free.

One of the main benefits of traveling with Caravan Tours is that outside of your airfare, virtually all other costs are included in the ticket price. Your food, lodging, travel itinerary, plus all activities, outings and even tips are taken care of by Caravan.

Most vacationers find themselves spending very little while on their actual vacation – and usually, it’s only to purchase a few souvenirs here and there.

In addition to handling all your vacation expenses, Caravan all inclusive vacations are also fully guided packages – conducted by professional local tour operators who:

  • Handle all activity payments and tipping
  • Take care of hotel check-ins
  • Keep you on schedule
  • Guide you through the sights and sounds of your vacation destination
  • Make sure your needs are met and you travel in comfort

Guiding travelers on all inclusive vacations since 1952, Caravan Tours currently offers 9 Caravan all inclusive vacations throughout the USA, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada.

Panama Vacations

Panama is a small country in Central America and home to the Panama Canal, which serves as a passageway for ships and vessels travelling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic ocean and vice versa. Caravan’s all inclusive Panama cruise packages feature cruises on the Panama Canal, while exploring Panama’s rainforests, lakes, rivers and volcanoes.

The highlights of this all inclusive Panama Vacation include:

  • Miraflores Locks
  • “Old Panama” city known as Panama Viejo
  • Gatun Lake cruise featuring hilltop islands
  • Locks Transit cruise
  • Playa Blanca in El Valle
  • Embera Rainforest Indian Village
  • Kuna Indian marketplace

Costa Rica Vacations

Costa Rica features an abundance of beautiful beaches, volcanoes and rainforests so it can be hard to know how to divide your vacation time.  Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica vacation lets you experience a little bit of everything. The vacation starts and ends in the capital city, San Jose. Vacationers travel north to visit Poas Volcano and Arenal Volcano, and finally back West to the Pacific coast to enjoy incredible white sandy beaches.

The highlights of this all inclusive Costa Rica Vacation include:

  • Poas Volcano
  • Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail
  • Authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation tour
  • Braulio Carrillo Park and Butterfly Garden
  • Rio Frio River Cruise and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
  • Guanacaste and Leatherback Turtle National Park
  • Tarcoles River cruise and Carara Biological Reserve
  • Manuel Antonia National Park

USA All Inclusive Vacations

The diversity of our American geography is remarkable and evident in our protected National Parks. Caravan Tours features three national park vacation packages:

Grand Canyon Vacation Packages feature Camelback Mountain, Montezuma Castle, Sedona colony and Oak Creek Canyon – and that is just on your way into Grand Canyon National Park! In addition to accommodations inside the park you will have breathtaking views of Lake Powell, take a jeep tour of Monument Valley’s back country and visit Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park.

Mount Rushmore Vacations are all inclusive and include your lodging and land travel expenses as you journey to see Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore National Monument, and Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Crow Nation. While on vacation you will cross the continental divide before entering Yellowstone National Park and intersecting the original “Oregon Trail”.

Yosemite Park Vacation Packages are all inclusive California coast tours and start with a night in the romantic city of San Francisco. This is followed by a guided tour of California’s Wine Country plus a Bay Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. During your all inclusive vacation you will journey into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, see gold mining towns, discover Yosemite National Park, visit the San Joaquin Valley and spend some time at the oceanfront Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before departing California you will also have the opportunity to visit Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills where there’s a good chance you’ll spot some Hollywood celebrities.

Canada All Inclusive Vacations

Canadian Rockies Vacation Packages feature Waterton Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park and Jasper. Along the way you will witness majestic scenery, souring mountain tops and ancient glaciers. Ride a vintage tour bus in Glacier National Park, take the Gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain for 360 degree views of six mountain ranges surrounding Banff, do a float trip along the Bow River and trek along the Icefields near Jasper, Alberta.

Canadian Maritimes Vacation Packages are also all inclusive where you can relax as you settle into the East Coast lifestyle. Visit Cape Breton Island, go whale watching in Nova Scotia, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, and stay in the charming town of Baddeck. A short ferry ride takes vacationers over to Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables. Finally, be inspired by the unique tides in the Bay of Fundy or by Halifax’s oceanfront, or the charming Peggy’s Cove. Along the way your East Coast inspired meals are included in your package price!

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In the past few decades Caravan vacation packages have become one of the most popular and economical ways to travel.

With tourism today, travelers have plenty of options. Once you have an idea of where to go there is no shortage of options including;

  • Self-guided vacations
  • Customized vacation travel
  • Fully escorted vacation packages
  • All inclusive tours
  • Group vacations
  • Budget vacation travel
  • And practically any combination of these

Caravan vacation packages are designed for pampering guests, making them feel special, and providing guests with the ultimate vacation experience.

All Inclusive Vacation Packages

All inclusive vacation packages are very popular with group travelers as all arrangements for hotel stays, airport transfers, and ground travel are taken care of. Most often, hotels and lodges are three and four star quality.

Many vacation packages are also fully escorted so language and local currencies are not an issue for travelers.

All inclusive packages are extremely convenient since every detail is handled for you and included for one affordable all inclusive price. This type of vacation package usually includes all itinerary sightseeing activities and activity fees, and in many cases, gratuities as well.

Specialized Vacations

There are a myriad of specialized vacation packages available for the avid traveler. These may include family getaways, senior holiday packages, or theme based vacation packages such as;

  • Adventure travel
  • Arts and culture tours
  • Ruins & archaeological interest packages
  • Beach holidays
  • Vacation packages for singles or couples
  • And guided travel for special interest groups

Many of these specialized and special interest vacation packages can be customized to suit your requirements and the entire holiday can be set up according to your personal or group needs.

There are even vacation packages centered on specific holidays and events like Mardi Gras or the Olympics. These vacation packages usually include entry to the event as well.

Caravan All Inclusive Tours

Today, most reputable tour companies can be easily researched online offering tours to suit virtually any taste and budget. Tour operators that have been around for a while and are well established generally offer the best value for the money.

Since 1952, Caravan Vacation Packages have given travelers a complete holiday experience at truly affordable prices. Because Caravan deals in volume, hotels and vendors generally offer us excellent discounts. Price breaks such as this allow our tour operators to offer amazing tours. Our Discount Costa Rica Vacation package is a prime example. You can enjoy this tour for much less than what you would pay if you had to book the same activities and hotels on your own.

Caravan vacation packages are all inclusive, fully escorted tours starting as low as $1,195. Come travel with Caravan Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, or Canada and US destinations like California and New England.

Check Vacation Package Availability or to learn more. visit Why Buy Vacation Packages with Caravan.

Call toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for bookings or to speak with our travel experts.

Since 1952, Caravan escorted tours by this Chicago based family owned and operated tour company has been delighting North and Central American travelers. Caravan Tours offers affordable fully guided tours that out competitors simply can’t beat.

Caravan escorted tours are very reasonably priced. What makes them so unique however is that they are also all inclusive tours, which are ideal for group travelers and budget conscious tourists who are looking for family or senior vacation packages.

On these all inclusive Caravan escorted tours everything is included for one low, affordable price. That means all itinerary accommodations, meals, activities, activity fees, and ground transportation are covered.

Caravan hosts some of the best fully escorted tours in the travel industry including all inclusive tours in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, the United States, and Canada.

Latin America Tours

Caravan’s all inclusive Latin America tours are exceptional fully guided holidays.

Vacationers on Caravan’s guided Costa Rica tours enjoy the “rich coast” of Costa Rica, which includes visits to Leatherback Turtles National Park and the Pacific coast turtle nesting beaches.

Caravan’s all inclusive Guatemala escorted tours include visits to Antigua, Lake Atitlan and the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Copan.

Guests on Caravan’s all inclusive Panama guided tours enjoy an escorted tour of the Panama Canal, Old Panama and Panama City plus a rainforest jungle cruise up the Chagras River to an authentic Embera Indian village.

USA Tours

USA Caravan escorted tours offer something for everyone, from leisurely bus tours along the California coast, to Yellowstone National Park, New England, and US national parks tours.

Caravan’s California guided tours travel down the coast of California with visits to San Francisco, California wine country, Big Sur, and Yosemite National Park.

Caravan’s Yellowstone guided tours also includes visits to Mammoth Hot Springs, Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument, Chief Crazy Horse Monument, and Mount Rushmore.

Travelers on Caravan’s New England guided tours enjoy a scenic bus tour through the New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. This is a fantastic trip, especially during the fall when tourists can enjoy Caravan’s fully escorted New England fall foliage tour.

Caravan’s USA national parks all inclusive tours take visitors on fully escorted tours through some of America’s favorite national parks including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. These escorted bus tours also include a Monument Valley jeep tour.

Escorted Canada Tours

Fully escorted tours in Canada are also offered by Caravan Tours. Caravan’s all inclusive Canadian Rockies guided tours include Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Caravan’s all inclusive Eastern Canada guided tours explores Canada’s Maritime Provinces including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (PEI).

All Inclusive Caravan Escorted Tours

All Central American and North American all inclusive fully guided tours by Caravan Tours are conducted by knowledgeable local tour guides.

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Or, call us toll free at 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for bookings.

All Caravan guided tours are also all inclusive vacations. That means for one low, all inclusive price, Caravan guests can travel fully guided and enjoy all ground transportation, accommodations, meals and tour itineraries without added costs.

Our Caravan guided tours are some of the very best on the market. Caravan tour operators offer North and Central American guided bus tours including all inclusive tours in Canada, the USA, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala.

US Guided Tours

Grand Canyon Guided Tours – Have you ever wanted to explore the Grand Canyon with an experienced tour guide? Caravan’s Grand Canyon guided tours are exceptional and also include escorted visits to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Other destinations on this all inclusive fully guided tour include Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley.

California Guided Tours – Take a guided vacation tour down along the coast of California and enjoy escorted visits to the California redwoods, San Joaquin Valley, California wine country, San Francisco, Monterey, Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Caravan’s all inclusive fully escorted California tours also include Yosemite National Park guided tours.

Yellowstone Guided ToursCaravan’s all inclusive Yellowstone National Park guided tours explores many of the park’s most popular sites including Old Faithful Geyser and Mammoth Hot Springs. The Yellowstone guided tour also includes visits to Mount Rushmore Memorial, Crazy Horse Monument and the Custer Battlefield.

New England Guided ToursNew England’s fall foliage guided tours are the most popular however Caravan’s New England guided tours also include Martha’s Vineyard, Plymouth Rock, Woodstock, Norman Rockwell Museum and of course a guided bus tour through New England’s Appalachian Mountains.

Canada Guided Tours

Guided Tours of the Canadian Rockies – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of the Canadian Rockies includes visits to Waterton Park, Glacier Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields.

Guided Tours of the Canada’s Maritime Provinces – Caravan’s all inclusive bus tour of Eastern Canada includes escorted visits to Nova Scotia’s Halifax and Peggy’s Cove. Other destinations include the Fortress of Louisbourg and Cabot Trial on Cape Breton Island, Anne of Green Gables on Prince Edward Island and the Bay of Fundy (home of the world’s highest tides) in New Brunswick.

Latin America Guided Tours

Costa Rica Tours

Traveling fully escorted is absolutely the best way to explore Costa Rica’s many volcanoes, waterfalls, rainforests, cloud forests and National Parks.  Other destinations on Caravan’s guided tours of Costa Rica include San Jose, Leatherback Turtles National Park, Poas and Arenal Volcanoes, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Guatemala Tours

Caravan’s all inclusive guided tours of Guatemala also include escorted visits to the ancient ruins of Tikal and Copan. Other sites including in this Guatemala guided tour include Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, Quiriqua, Rio Dulce and Antigua.

Panama Tours

Caravan’s newest all inclusive Central American vacation is the fully guided Panama Canal tour. Travelers will also enjoy escorted visits to Panama City, Old Panama, Playa Blanca, and the rainforest village of the Embera Indians.

All Inclusive Guided Tours by Caravan

Caravan Tours has been offering fully guided tours throughout Central and North America since 1952. Caravan uses knowledgeable local tour guides who are eager to share their history and knowledge.

Visit why buy Caravan guided tours to learn more or check tour availability now.

For bookings, call toll free 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826).

Brightly coloured red and yellow flower in Panama


Caravan Tours offers 3 different fully guided all inclusive Central America vacations including:

  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Guatemala

Central America, otherwise known as Latin America, is classified as a biodiversity hotspot extending from Guatemala in the north down to Panama in the south.

As one of only 25 biodiversity hotspot areas in the world, this sub-continent contains over 1,500 species of plants.

To preserve this fragile but attractive biodiversity, many countries within Central America, including Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama have embraced eco-tourism and actively promote Central America vacations to travelers around the world.

Panama Vacations

Panama is a vibrant and lively country that is famous for accommodating over 14,000 vessels that pass through its waters each year thanks to the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal and its amazing lock systems has proven to be a popular Central America attraction but Panama’s biodiversity has even more to offer when holidaying in this beautiful country:

Panama Rainforests – The rainforests border both sides of the Panama Canal. Because the canal acts as a bridge between Central and South America, Panama Central America vacations often include guided tours of the Panama rainforests, which have a wide range of plant and animal species including jaguars, armadillos and howler monkeys.

Gatun Lake and Embera Indian Village – Man-made Gatun Lake is over 33 kilometers long and guides vessels through the Isthmus of Panama. Panama vacations also include a rainforest cruise on the Chagres River to visit an authentic Embera Indian village..

Central America vacations to Panama may also include other popular tourist attractions including Panama City (Old Panama), Panama Canal Cruises, Gamboa Rainforest, and Playa Blanca. Read more information here.

Costa Rica Vacations

The name Costa Rica literally means “Rich Coast” and despite its small size (only 20,000 square miles), Costa Rica is full of major ecological attractions. Eco-tourism vacations can include:

Leatherback Turtle Marine National Park – Located in Guanacaste, Leatherback Turtle National Park is part of a wildlife refuge and was created in 1991 to help protect the nesting grounds of the Giant Leatherback turtle, which can grow up to 11 feet long and over 1100 pounds. Come vacation in Costa Rica during nesting season, which is any time between September and March. This national park also protects 174 bird species, plus monkeys and crocodiles and numerous other indigenous wildlife..

Poás and Arenal Volcanoes – Poás Volcano, with its mile wide crate, is located in the middle of Costa Rica and has the world’s largest active crater, which is capable of shooting 800 foot geysers. Arenal Volcano is northwest of San Jose and features three craters and holds a place among the top ten active volcanoes in the world.

Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge – The best Costa Rica Central America vacations include a chance to float down the Rio Frio River through the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge where you can spot crocodiles, lizards that walk on water, spider monkeys and reclusive jaguars (from a safe distance, of course).

Costa Rica Central America tours may also include a trip through Guanacaste tropical rainforests, plus the rainforest near Arenal and the Escallonia cloud forests.

Guatemala Vacations

With a landscape shaped by sandy dunes, hilly valleys, rivers and highlands, Guatemala is an exciting place to travel and explore on any Central America vacation.

Guatemala’s amazing landscape includes Lake Atitlán, the deepest lake in all of Central America, which is uniquely surrounded by three of Guatemala’s volcanoes.

As well, the neighboring villages around Lake Atitlán have maintained their true Mayan culture.

The focus of most Guatemalan Central America vacations is generally on the ancient Tikal and Mayan Ruins of Guatemala. The village of Antigua has a real colonial feel to it the designation as world heritage sites help protect national monuments such as the ruins of the Temple of the Grand Jaguar and Plaza of the Seven Temples.

Central America Vacation Packages

Caravan Tours offers the best Central America vacations plus tour packages throughout the continental United States and Canada.

Ranging from 8 to 10 day fully escorted tours, these Central America vacations offer significant savings and are especially welcoming to seniors, families and groups.

Call toll free, 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to book your Central America vacation today.

In this post we’ll take a look at our Guatemala Mayan ruins tours including the Tikal ruins and the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Quiriguá.

As far as we can tell from what has been recovered (and from ancient folklore) Mayan culture is really a diffusion of cultures that evolved through trade exchange. The Mayan culture of Guatemala is also famous for its sophisticated written language, art, architecture, and astronomy.

Caravan also includes additional stopovers at a number of less visited authentic Mayan villages where Caravan travelers can experience today’s Mayan culture firsthand.

Our itinerary for Caravan Guatemala Mayan ruins tours include the following Mayan locations:

National Museum of Archaeology

Guatemala’s National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is full of ancient Mayan artifacts and is located in Guatemala City. Caravan vacationers will enjoy an immersive tour through ancient Mayan history and how Guatemala’s civilizations existed prior to Columbian cultures entering the country. At the museum, Caravan guests can view an extensive collection of Mayan pottery and jewelry, which is sure to tweak the interest of the artist and historian in all of us.

Mayan Villages along Lake Atitlán

While many visit Lake Atitlán in Guatemala simply because of its reputation as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, most Guatemala visitors also get to experience Mayan culture as it exists today. Many Indian villages surround Lake Atitlán and Mayan residents still wear traditional Mayan clothing. Our Guatemala Mayan ruins tours offer a glimpse into pure Guatemala Mayan culture; one can even visit a colorful artisan market!

Tikal Ruins of Guatemala

The Tikal ruins are a major part of our Caravan Guatemala Mayan ruins tours. Tikal was once the most powerful kingdom in the entire ancient Mayan empire.

One of the best places to stay when up north in Tikal National Park is the Villa Maya, a near 70-acre nature preserve. From here, Guatemala vacationers can set out to explore the ancient Mayan civilizations among the ruins of Tikal.

Dating back to 700 B.C., Tikal is one of the most magnificent Mayan cities of all time. Set in a backdrop of tropical rainforests, complete with spider monkeys and tropical birds, Tikal allows Guatemala vacationers the chance to explore all the famous points in Tikal’s great plaza, including Mayan temples, ball courts, pyramids, and more.

Quiriguá Mayan Site

Perhaps a little less visited but just as intriguing is Quiriguá, an ancient Mayan archaeological site. The Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua have undergone amazing preservation and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here visitors can see some of the world’s largest stone monoliths complete with carvings from ancient Mayan citizens. The carved Staelae and the ruins of Quiriguá act as a historical record of Guatemala’s ancient past dating back to the 8th century.

Book Your All Inclusive Mayan Tour Today

Caravan Tours is an all inclusive Guatemala Tour Operator that offers fully escorted travel through Central America’s Mayan ruins. This means that virtually every cost incurred during your Guatemala vacation – including hotels, transportation, activities, and meals – is included in the one all-inclusive price.

Because of this, Caravan’s Guatemala Tours are ideal for senior vacation travel or as all inclusive family vacations.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) for information about Guatemala group vacations as well as special travel requirements, or to reserve your spot today.

Read what others are saying about Caravan’s All Inclusive Guatemala Tours on our tour reviews page.

Caravan Tour’s all-inclusive Guatemala Vacation includes some of the best Guatemala hotels and resorts as well as your meals, ground transportation, and tour activities.

When you do the math, it often works out that the price you pay for the entire tour is less than what you would otherwise pay to stay in the selected Guatemala hotels for the length of your visit.

Caravan Tours prides itself on selecting the very best Guatemala hotels and resorts at each destination point along its Guatemala Tour. We want to provide ultimate comfort and security for all our guests. Below is an outline of the current hotels included in our All Inclusive Guatemala vacation packages.

Barcelo Guatemala City Hotel

Caravan tour guests spend two nights at the start of their vacation and one night at the end of their vacation at Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City, which is near the airport. The close proximity to Guatemala’s airport makes for easy hotel transfers.

Guatemala’s Barcelo Hotel has spacious modern rooms, which are a welcomed transition into Guatemalan culture. From here, our Guatemala tour guests leave the city to explore Antigua, Tikal, Quiriguá, and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.

Barcelo Hotel Guatemala features:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • High speed Internet access
  • Local shops and restaurants within walking distance

Lake Atitlan Guatemala Hotel

Guatemala hotels and resorts located in Panajachel include Lake Atitlan Guatemala Hotel. This hotel was built on the shores of one of the world’s most beautiful lakes, Lake Atitlán, which is also the deepest lake in Central America.

At nearly 1560 meters above sea level and covering 50 square miles of land, Lake Atitlán is one of Guatemala’s most prized natural treasures. As an ongoing recipient of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence, Atitlan Guatemala hotel is a hidden hotel that offers a unique Guatemalan vacation experience with its:

  • Spanish colonial-hacienda decor
  • Rainforest surroundings
  • Endless bird watching opportunities
  • Close proximity to the Atitlán Natura Reserve featuring butterfly gardens, herb gardens and suspension bridges

Porta Hotel Antigua Guatemala Hotel

Located in the “Land of Eternal Spring”, Porta Hotel is one of the more renowned  Guatemala hotels and resorts. Porta hotel welcomes guests with its personalized service and modern amenities.

Guests find the central location of Porta Hotel Antigua (only two blocks from Antigua’s Main Plaza) great for exploration and experiencing the culture of Guatemala’s old capital city. Porta Hotel Antigua has also been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. It was chosen by Condé Nast Traveler magazine as a Top 5 hotel in Central America. At Porta Hotel, Caravan tour guests can enjoy:

  • Two solar heated pools
  • Natural trees, plants, flowers and tropical birds including macaws and parrots
  • Warm reading room
  • Ceiba Porta Spa offering relaxation, exfoliation and hot stone massages

Villa Maya Tikal Guatemala Hotel (Petenchel)

Located at the heart of a true Guatemalan nature reserve and surrounded by lavish tropical landscape Villa Maya Hotel is a grand Tikal Guatemala hotel. This is one of the most popular Guatemala hotels and resorts booked by tourists visiting Tikal.

Situated between two lagoons feeding into nearby Lake Peten, this Tikal Guatemala hotel offers a true Guatemalan wildlife experience with toucans, macaws and monkeys visible from your hotel room balcony.

Guests of Villa Maya can enjoy:

  • Swimming in the pool that features a magnificent waterfall
  • Dining in the open air restaurant
  • Breathtaking views of the Tikal, Guatemala region

Caravan Vacations Include Guatemala Hotels and Resorts

This Caravan all inclusive tour includes some of the best Guatemala attractions like Tikal and other Mayan ruins. Caravan guests have the opportunity throughout the 10-day tour to relax and enjoy at minimum 2-night consecutive stay at each of these Guatemala locations.

Visit Caravan’s Guatemala FAQ page for more details about this Guatemala Central American tour or visit our Guatemala Tour description page for an up to date detailed list of Guatemala hotels and resorts featured on this exciting Caravan tour.

To book your Guatemala Tour call toll-free at 1-800-227-2826

Caravan’s all inclusive Guatemala tour takes you to one of the top tropical destinations in Central America. Experience unique adventures, World Cultural Heritage sites, ancient, ruins and relaxing all inclusive resorts.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and filled with mountainous highlands Guatemala vacations offer diverse activities along what has been called a near perfect climate.

In this blog post we will answer four popular questions about our all inclusive Guatemala tours.

What is a Fully Escorted All Inclusive Guatemala Vacation?

Caravan vacationers can enjoy a fully escorted Guatemala all inclusive tour for one low price which includes many of Guatemala’s top destinations such as Lake Atitlán, Antigua and the Mayan Tikal Ruins.

Cost conscious travelers wanting all inclusive tours in Central American countries such as Guatemala are finding significant savings through Caravan Tours.

Fully escorted and all inclusive Guatemala vacations satisfy the individual needs of group tours and senior tours as well as those looking for cost effective family vacations.

Does a Guatemala Vacation Really Include Everything I Need?

Caravan Tours is an All Inclusive Guatemala Tour Operator offering inexpensive fully escorted tours in the magical highlands of Guatemala.

Each all inclusive vacation includes everything you need to travel with ease; all you need to do is relax and take in the sights and sounds of Guatemala and its friendly people.

  • Each Guatemala tour group is assigned a qualified Caravan escort guide for the duration of their entire stay in Guatemala.
  • The cost of the designated tour guide plus all planned meals, accommodations and activities are included in one low Guatemala tour price.
  • Top of the line motor coaches will escort you between cities offering the chance to rest, cool off and drink free bottled water.
  • Transfers to and from the Guatemala City airport and covers all gratuities typically given to guides, hotel staff and restaurant servers.

Virtually everything is included in your Guatemala tour package – all your costs are incurred up front and you don’t need to worry about traveling Guatemala with extra Quetzals (the Guatemalan currency pronounced ket-sahl). Plus, the US dollar is readily accepted in most areas.

What are Some Guatemala Vacation Highlights?

From the moment your plane touches down in Guatemala City the energy exuberated from the largest urban city in Central America is unforgettable.

You will travel fully escorted to the “must see” historical Mayan sites in Guatemala including the Tikal Ruins. Stand in awe of how giant the pyramids are in comparison to Guatemala’s rainforest canopy. Visit the Temple of the Grand Jaguar, Temple II and Plaza of the Seven Temples plus the Lost World.

Experience Lake Atitlan, named one of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring lakes thanks to the set of three dormant volcanoes close by. Many Guatemala vacation guests have fun in the tropical landscape setting looking for spider and howler monkeys along with tropical birds. Come enjoy the walking tour along designated nature trails and experience Guatemala up close.

Also included in each all inclusive Guatemala vacation are other “off the beaten track” but unforgettable activities such as a Guatemalan coffee plantation tour, the Mayan archeological Quirigua site, and a two night stay at a 67 acre nature preserve along the shores of Petenchel Laguna.

How Do I Book an Inclusive Guatemala Vacation?

To travel Guatemala all inclusive and experience the very best it has to offer at the best value, call 1-800-227-2826.

You can also visit Caravan’s Guatemala Vacation reviews page to hear about what others have to say about Caravan’s Guatemala All Inclusive vacation tour.

Tak an Antigua Guatemala vacation with Caravan Tours. Antigua is surrounded by three breathtaking volcanoes including Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes, making Antigua a near perfect setting for a Guatemala vacation.

Antigua or “Antique” Guatemala is in close proximity to Guatemala City but is strikingly different. With an economy mainly driven by tourism, Antigua is a much calmer and quieter destination in Guatemala.

Thanks to Caravan’s Guatemala guided tours you can experience the history of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is seemingly unchanged today, nearly 300 years later.

Antigua Guatemala History

At its peak, Antigua was among the top three most important Spanish colonies in the Americas.

When Guatemala’s capital of Ciudad Vieja was destroyed by a volcano in 1541 the authorities decided to move the capital just five miles away in the Panchoy Valley – thus founding present day Antigua Guatemala.

Antigua served as the military governor of Spanish Colonial Guatemala (what many consider present day Central America and southern Mexico) for over two centuries. As a political hotspot, Antigua attracted nearly 3 dozen monastic orders to the area. Lavish monasteries, convents and cathedrals along with government buildings and stately homes were constructed in typical Mayan fashion.

Unfortunately, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in 1717 destroyed more than 3,000 Antiguan buildings.  This devastation followed by the Santa Marta earthquakes in 1773 destroyed most of the town causing authorities to order that the capital city be moved to a safer location.

Present day Guatemala City in the Valley of the Shrine became the new capital and the much damaged Santiago de los Caballeros was ordered abandoned. Even though the city wasn’t completely abandoned, the civilization still became known as la Antigua Guatemala (the Old Guatemala).

Antigua Guatemala UNESCO Heritage Site

Although a good portion of Antigua was destroyed in the 1773 earthquake several major monuments remain today and are usually included in most Antigua Guatemala tours.

The Guatemalan government has chosen to preserve Antigua’s colonial architecture that includes religious, private and government buildings from the past by signing with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO).

The goal of UNESCO is to ensure the protection of the world’s natural and culture heritage sites, regardless of where they are located. This means that tourists from all over the world who book Antigua Guatemala tours can come and enjoy Antigua for years to come since the heritage site is protected from future development.

Antigua Guatemala Today

Thanks to the preservation as a UNESCO World Heritage site, for people who vacation in Antigua today it is like taking a step back in time. To many it seems that nothing has changed in over 300 years in this city. The cobblestone streets are lined by brilliantly colored single-story buildings and surrounded by tropical gardens, plazas and fountains.

Antigua Guatemala is one of the most popular destinations to study Spanish – there are over 75 schools that Spanish students can attend to perfect the language skills while staying in a city that is pivotal to Guatemala’s history.

Although Antigua plight through history has included natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and fires, the once capital of Guatemala remains a very popular tourist destination. During the two night stay in Antigua, Caravan’s Guatemala tour guests get to fully explore Antigua with an itinerary that includes:

  • Walking tour of the Antigua’s Main Plaza
  • Cathedral and Fountain of Sirens
  • Las Capuchinas Convent and 18 circular living quarters
  • Free time to explore Antigua and enjoy Porta Hotel

It should be noted that if one chooses to visit Antigua during Lent and Easter they will have the opportunity to experience the largest celebrations in all of the Western Hemisphere.

Caravan’s Porta Hotel Antigua

Caravan Tours is renowned for offering only the best accommodations on their all inclusive tours. The accommodations while in Antigua are no exception.

Porta Hotel Antigua has been noted as one of the Top 5 hotels in all of Central America. Antigua’s Porta Hotel is located only a couple blocks from the heart of Antigua’s Main Plaza, easily within walking distance for tourists to begin exploring the beautiful city of Antigua. Modern amenities such as solar heated swimming pools and a spa are available for tourists needing to relax in a quiet environment.

Antigua Is Part of Caravan’s All Inclusive Guatemala Tour

Enjoy a 2-night stay at the Porta Hotel in Antigua while on an all inclusive Guatemala Vacation offered by Caravan Tours.

To learn more about this all inclusive Antigua Guatemala vacation please call Caravan toll-free at 1-800-227-2826.

Visit Caravan’s Guatemala Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about this all inclusive tour of Guatemala.

The growth in Guatemala tourism, which now makes up 25% of the country’s GDP, has been essential to the success of their economy as nearly two million travelers from around the globe descend upon this tiny Central American country annually.

Curious tourists come here to explore a mixture of ancient Mayan treasures and archaeological sites like Quirigua and Tikal, along with unique Colonial cities and culture found in places like Guatemala City and Antigua.

Guatemalans have embraced Guatemala tourism by establishing world-class hotel accommodations and professionally guided tours, as well as selling authentic Guatemalan foods, handicrafts and other indigenous artwork.

Mayan Tourism Guatemala

Mayan culture and the Mayan influence can be found throughout Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and almost all of Guatemala. Ancient Mayan people built giant plazas, temples and pyramids, with ancient carvings recording their unique history and culture.

Quirigua Tourism  – Quirigua Archaeological Park, is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Izabel region of Guatemala and features the ruins and monuments of an ancient royal Mayan city that dates back to between 400 and 800 AD. Quirigua’s huge stone monuments called Stelae, feature fascinating hieroglyphic text chronicling the historical record of the city’s ancient Mayan mythology, calendars, and events. Quirigua’s archaeological ruins also include amazing pyramidal structures like the Great Plaza, Plaza of the Temple, and the Ceremonial Plaza.

Tikal Tourism – Perhaps the greatest architectural feat of the Mayan people can be found in the remote ancient Maya ruins of Tikal Guatemala, in the Northern part of this Central American country. Despite its greatness and its unique place in our world history, the cause of the collapse of the Mayan civilization in Tikal remains a mystery to this day. Perhaps the mysterious or unknown is what makes exploring the Tikal ruins so intriguing.

Tikal (also known as Place of Tongues or Place of Voices) is now a national park and UNESCO world heritage site. At its peak, Tikal was home to nearly 100,000 people complete with palaces, terraces, causeways, aqueducts and even ball courts. Why a city so large was completely abandoned by 900AD and then consumed by the rainforest jungle remains a mystery. Tourists that visit Tikal are discovering an ancient Mayan city that is still pretty much as it always was 1200 years ago.

Guatemala City Tourism

As the capital of Guatemala since 1773, and the country’s largest city, Guatemala City is a mix of old Colonial heritage and contemporary modern culture, and home to the Metropolitan Cathedral plus the country’s largest, and best archaeological museum, the National Archaeology and Ethnology Museum. All Caravan Guatemala tours begin and end in Guatemala City.

Antigua Tourism Guatemala

Surrounded by volcanoes, the Spanish influenced city of Antiqua is considered to be home to Central America’s oldest and best-preserved Colonial heritage, complete with cobblestone streets and beautiful Colonial architecture. Antiqua was the capital of Guatemala for 200 years but an earthquake in 1773 prompted government officials to move the capital to Guatemala city. Today, tourists flock to Antiqua to visit such architectural landmarks as the city’s Cathedral, the Main Plaza, and the Fountain of the Sirens.

Guatemala in the 21st Century

Today over half of Guatemala’s population is considered to be descendants of the old Maya and are commonly referred to as the Indigenous peoples by the locals.

Many woman and children still wear traditional clothing that highlight the Mayan ability to create colorful and vibrant weaving. Many locals create weave baskets, make pottery and carve wooden animals and toys and sell the items at local Mayan markets. Guatemala tourism continues to help support the local economy as tourist purchase these colorful souvenirs to bring home.

With over 12.7 million people living in Guatemala nearly 60% speak Spanish while the remaining percentage of the population speaks one of 23 officially recognized Amerindian languages such as Guiche, Mam and Xinca.

Top Guatemala Tourism Destinations

Regardless of the language that you speak, Guatemala tourist guides are ready to interpret and take you through some of the most popular tourist destinations in Guatemala, including:

  • Guatemala City
  • Lake Atitlán
  • Antigua (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Lake Peten Itza
  • Tikal Ruins (a UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Quiriguá
  • Rio Dulce
  • Petenchel
  • Panajachel

Guatemala’s Biodiversity

In addition to its cultural and historical significance, Guatemala is a beautiful country to explore in terms of its biodiversity. With nearly one third of Guatemala covered in forests, the country is home to:

  • 14 different eco-regions
  • 28 volcanoes – active, dormant and extinct
  • 7 wetlands
  • Over 1,245 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles
  • 123 protected areas

Guatemala Climate and Temperature

Guatemala has a tropical climate favorable for tourism; for those who enjoy warmer weather the lowlands can be quite warm and humid and or those who enjoy cooler weather the highlands offers a much more cooler climate.

The coastal and northeast regions of Guatemala maintain a warm temperature year round, averaging around 68°F with occasional spikes up to 99°F. Clear nights are a common occurrence in Guatemala especially during the rainy season from May to September, after the typical afternoon/ evening rainfall.

Guatemala Tours by Caravan

Caravan Tours all inclusive and fully guided Guatemala tours take tourists on a captivating Central American vacation into a country rich in culture and Spanish heritage, highlighting the ancient civilizations at Tikal, Antigua and Atitlán.

Contact us and ask about our all inclusive Guatemala Tikal Tour, a 10-day tour of Guatemala’s ancient civilizations and Colonial cities including Tikal and Antigua.

Visit Caravan’s Guatemala Tour Reviews page to read what others have said about this all inclusive tour of Guatemala.

Call 1-800-227-2826 to check tour availability or book your spot today!