Lake Atitlan may be the most beautiful natural wonder you've never heard of. Bordered by three soaring volcanoes, it is the deepest lake in the Western Hempishere—and just one of the remarkable surprises that await you in Guatemala. Of course, we'll explore the monumental cities of the Maya. To help you absorb their mind-boggling scale, we include a privately guided visit of the temple and excavations at Tikal. Just don't let the ruins fool you; Mayan culture is alive and well. In villages we visit, the indigenous people live as they have for thousands of years. Ancient craft traditions—weaving, jade carving and others—are vibrant, so the shopping is fantastic. We know you'll love Guatemala because it's one of those rare destinations that embraces you completely with a rich blend of nature, history and culture.