In Guatemala, forest-covered volcanoes offer us our points of reference, and Mayan communities focus our exploration. Visit colonial Antigua, the villages on Lake Atitlan, the market at Chichicastenango, and the grand Mayan ruins in the north, including Yaxha and Tikal. Throughout Guatemala, Mayan arts and Mayan pride thrive as aspects of living culture. This is a relatively short but very full trip. You can choose to focus on the markets and textiles, on the historical and archaeological sites, or on the volcanoes, natural history and hiking trails; or you can sample a bit of it all.