MAYAN immersion

Exploring ancient ruins where ‘archaeology turns mystery into history’

Sitting atop the largest pyramid in the world in northern Guatemala's ancient Mayan city El Mirador, I tried to imagine how the city below looked nearly 2,500 years ago.

Bella Guatemala Travel: (818) 669-8435; info@bellagua temalatravel.com; bellaguatemalatravel.com. Knowledgeable guides who are fluent in English will help you explore Guatemala’s fascinating ancient and modern Mayan culture, while you stay at luxury hotels and meet with world-renowned Mayan scholars.

Lodging: Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel; reservations@laslagunashotel.com; laslagunashotel.com. Spend two nights here if possible, enjoying your over-the-water cottage, private Jacuzzi and gorgeous lakeside infinity swimming pool.

Rum tasting: La Casa del Ron, 4a Calle Oriente, No. 22, Antigua.

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