Guatemala Tour Blog by Caravan Tours

Our Caravan Guatemala travel blog includes informative articles on what to see and things to do when vacationing in Guatemala. Get the facts and detailed information about the volcanic Lake Atitlan, the Colonial city of Antigua, the archaeological ruins of Quirigua, and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala.

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:

Ancient Mayan ruins cleared from the forests of Guatemala. Read more

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.

Villa Maya accommodations in Santa Elena, Guatemala. Read more

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 for tourism.

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

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Take 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.

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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.

A street vendor’s colorful collection of Guatemalan blankets and handicrafts. Read more

In this post, Caravan Tours offers some helpful Guatemala facts and information about our all inclusive tours.

Guatemala, the land of eternal spring and heart of the ancient Mayan world, is a Central American country rich in heritage. You can spend days exploring everything from ancient Mayan ruins and archaeological sites like Tikal (which doubled as the rebel base in the 1977 Star Wars movie), to Colonial towns like Antigua, or volcanic lakes like Lake Atitlan.

Explore Guatemala facts and information about the Mayan culture, which is over 4,000 years old. Guatemala’s Colonial heritage dates back to as early as the 16th century. Guatemala’s Colonial and cultural heritage evolved from a combination of Spanish and native Mayan peoples, ensuring that you will be captivated by the locals you meet during your Guatemalan tour.

In recent years, many eco adventure tour companies like Caravan Tours have begun offering guided vacation package tours through Guatemala. Guided by experienced tour guides familiar with Guatemala and its people, guests of Caravan Tours enjoy Guatemala facts and information firsthand.

These are very safe, all-inclusive Guatemala vacations, which are a great alternative to visiting Guatemala on your own.

In the heart of ancient Mayan ruins in Guatemala. Read more

In addition to the natural beauty and landscape of the country, the historical Mayan ruins of Guatemala are the focus of the all-inclusive Guatemala travel packages by Caravan Tours.

Guatemala is a magical place that attracts adventure, nature, and history enthusiasts alike. With outdoor adventure activities, World Heritage sites and top attractions like Mayan ruins and natural nature reserves, there is something for everyone in Caravan’s Guatemala travel packages.

Here are some of what we consider to be the top destinations and highlights on Caravan’s fully escorted Guatemala tours.

: Colorful street in Guatemala with a mountain volcano as a backdrop. Read more

Prior to booking an all inclusive Guatemala Tour with Caravan Tours here are some Lake Atitlan facts you should know.

Lake Atitlan Facts

Some interesting Lake Atitlan information that will make you want to visit Guatemala soon:

  • The locals refer to Lake Atitlan Guatemala as Lago de Atitlan
  • Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in all of Central America
  • Lake Atitlan elevation is unique; about a mile above sea level
  • Lake Atitlan location prevents the lake water from flowing into any sea
  • Lake Atitlan is known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world

In the Mayan language, Atitlan translates to “the place where the rainbow gets its colors.” To this day the Atitlan area of Guatemala is rich in Mayan culture with locals known to be friendly, welcoming, and even a little shy.
View of a volcano across Lake Atitlan in Guatemala with a small boat in the forefront.
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Travel with Caravan all-inclusive and enjoy a fully guided Guatemala coffee plantation tour.

Did you know that it takes about 100 pounds of Guatemalan coffee cherries to produce 20 pounds of green Guatemala coffee beans?

Guatemalan vacationers learn facts like these while enjoying a local Guatemala coffee plantation tour as part of Caravan’s all-inclusive, escorted Guatemala Tour. Most Guatemala coffee plantation owners welcome tourists onto their farms and even provide specialized tours of their Guatemala coffee growing and harvesting facilities.

Learn about the Guatemala coffee history and savor the taste of fresh, locally grown and roasted 100% Guatemalan coffee as you enjoy a morning coffee plantation tour while on Caravan’s all-inclusive Guatemala vacation.

 

Shade Grown Guatemala Coffee Production

Guatemala is known around the world for producing some of the very best “shade-grown coffee beans” such as Guatemalan Antigua coffee beans. This is partly due to the rich volcanic soil in Guatemala that was deposited by over 30 volcanoes over the course of Guatemala’s history.

The volcanic soil in Guatemala is full of nutrients that formed below the earth’s surface for millions of years before being brought to surface level by volcanic explosions. These rich volcanic nutrients have very little deterioration with limited exposure to natural elements such as air and sun. Rich soil combined with its tropical location help provide Guatemala coffee plants with some of the world’s best growing conditions.

High Altitude Grown Guatemala Coffee Regions

Guatemala is also a great place for growing gourmet coffee beans because of its high altitudes. Most Guatemala coffee plantations exist along the highlands and mountain slopes. Because these Guatemalan mountain slopes face torrential rainfall, heavy winds, and high UV rays, a rainforest covering provides the necessary shelter for the healthy coffee plants to flourish.

This type of natural cover is referred to as “shade-grown,” which means the rainforest provides shaded protection to the delicate coffee plants. This is the most sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to grow high altitude grown Guatemalan coffee beans, as it also provides a habitat for birds, which help to reduce the need for harmful pesticides.

Even though shade-grown Guatemalan coffee beans take longer to mature, the final quality and coffee taste are truly worth it. Guatemalan coffee beans are typically denser, larger, and showcase more complex aromas and natural flavors. These wonderful attributes make high altitude grown Guatemalan coffee very much in demand, contributing to Guatemala’s status as the second-best coffee producing country in the world in terms of the percentage of high-grade coffee beans produced.

Antigua Guatemala Coffee Plantation Tours

Caravan’s Antigua vacations include a Guatemala coffee plantation tour that is fully guided by a local coffee expert who gives an overview of Guatemala’s coffee industry and the history that surrounds this amazing beverage. This type of historical information about Guatemalan coffee is quite fascinating for coffee lovers and visitors alike.

Guests on Caravan Guatemala vacations also learn how the coffee plant grows from just a small seed into a full-grown coffee tree. For those who have only experienced coffee as the final roasted bean sold in their grocery store or local coffee house, witnessing the coffee plant in various growth stages is very fascinating indeed.

The coffee bean is actually the seed of a cherry-like fruit grown on the coffee tree. When the fruit ripens, it is handpicked and stripped of its pulp so that the coffee ‘bean’ can be extracted and dried. Local Guatemala coffee plantations wash and sun-dry the coffee beans for as long as needed to obtain the perfect moisture level. These “green” Guatemalan coffee beans are then sorted by size, color, density, and moisture content with each category having a varying level of quality.

Antigua Guatemala Coffee Prices

Expert Guatemalan coffee guides explain how different prices can be charged for different grades of Guatemalan coffee beans before giving vacationers on Guatemala coffee plantation tour samples of their farm’s freshly brewed coffee. Tourism is vitally important to the economy and many tourists like to support the local Guatemalan coffee producers and purchase single source Guatemalan coffee beans fresh off the farm to bring home to families and friends!

Caravan All Inclusive Guatemala Tours

A Guatemala coffee plantation tour is included as part of Caravan Tours’ economically priced, all-inclusive Guatemala vacation. Other Guatemala tour activities include the Tikal Ruins, Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

Call 1-800-CARAVAN (227-2826) to book your next Central American vacation in Guatemala.

Visit Caravan’s Guatemala Vacation reviews page to read what others have to say about this fully guided Guatemala tour.

Visit the Quirigua Mayan ruins when you travel Guatemala all-inclusive with Caravan Tours!

These ancient Mayan ruins should be among your top three ancient ruins sites to visit while in Guatemala; Antigua ruins and Tikal Ruins being the other two.

Situated about 120 miles northeast of Guatemala City in Guatemala’s Caribbean region, the Quirigua Mayan ruins site contains remarkable Mayan monuments dating back to the 8th century and features some of the largest monolithic stone monuments (stele or stelae) from the ancient Mayan world.

Quirigua ruins Guatemala is an official UNESCO World Heritage site located in the southeastern part of this Central American country and covers approximately 1.2 square miles along the lower Motagua River. With its unique set of preserved stele and sculpted Mayan monuments showcasing the Mayan calendar, the ruins help archaeologists and tourists alike to appreciate historical Mayan society, politics, and economics.

Ancient Mayan stone carvings in Quirigua, Guatemala. Read more