Adventure in Guatemala
The adventure begins with a visit to the Great Mayan ruins of Tikal. Estimated to have been established around 900BC, Tikal is one of the largest archeological sites of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. The Tikal National Park encompasses 575 square kilometres of jungle and thousands of ruined structures from the ancient city.
Hidden in the lush mountainous Guatemalan jungle is Semuc Champey, a 300m long natural forming limestone bridge that boasts six stunning tiered turquoise-blue pools. ‘Umojees’ will spend the day hiking though the jungle, visiting the K’an Ba Water Cave, then relaxing and swimming in the pools.
Biotopo del Quetzal
The Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera is a 1,044-hectare protected nature reserve. The reserve’s dense forest boasts an array of plant life, from ferns and moss to epiphytes (air plants), that can be admired while hiking the well-maintained nature trails. The Biotopo Mario Dary Rivera is perhaps most notable, however, for protecting the endangered habitat of the quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala.
The next couple of days will be spent at Lake Atitlán. ‘Umojees’ will explore Panajachel’s bustling markets, the Casa Cakchiquel Cultural Centre (initially a hotel enjoyed by notable figures such as Che Guevara and Ingrid Bergman), then relax on the shore of the beautiful lake.
The final days of the Umoja Journey will be spent touring Antigua, a beautiful city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. Antigua is most renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings dating back to the 16th century, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.