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Guatemala

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

You want to visit Volcanoes, Tropical Rainforests, and Ancient Mayan sites, wander through the Spanish Colonial City of Antigua, and hike by the Coffee fields and Villages surrounding the Volcanic Crater Lake Atitlán!

Guatemala is a perfect 10-14 Day Adventure for anyone looking to experience this unique Central American country with an amazing climate (Dry season from November to April), culture, nature, and adventure lovers alike will find many epic hidden Gems on this Trip that will make unforgettable memories!

Suggested Activities

Walk along cobblestone streets lined by the well-preserved Baroque Architecture with colonial-era churches, and learn about the rich history of this wonderful City, which is in fact a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

The towering Pyramids, Ancient Ruins, and diverse wildlife to be seen at this world-famous site will leave you with a lasting impression of Humanity’s past and the stunning Natural beauty of the surrounding Rainforest!

The Ultimate Volcano Adventure! This can be booked as a 2-day hike, where you will camp overnight on the volcano’s slopes, witnessing the starry night sky and eruptions of the neighbouring Fuego Volcano!

Experience the beautiful lake (originally a volcanic crater) and the unique culture in the surrounding villages, with their Coffee fields and distinct culture, all with stunning views of the surrounding peaks!

The Cascading turquoise water filled pools, nearby caves, and limestone bridge hidden within the Jungle are perfect for an exciting day trip. Don’t forget your Swim Gear!

This is the largest indigenous Market in Central America! With countless colourful textiles, handcrafted souvenirs, traditional food, experience the lively atmosphere every Thursday and Saturday!

Google Maps link (click here).

Top Tips

Learning some essential Spanish phrases will make your trip easier and more enjoyable, and allow you to interact with the locals a little!

Things like Hello, Goodbye, Thank You, How much is that?

Due to the varying altitudes, bring enough layers to allow you to flexibly change throughout the day!

Essential for any active days, like hiking the volcanoes or exploring cities!

Many shops, and almost all of the markets, only accept cash. So carry some Quetzales for small purchases and tips!

At the time of writing, 7.8 Guatemalan Quetzal equal $1USD.

Make it Unique

El Paredón is a laid-back and not so well known surf town, perfect for surfers or beach enthusiasts!

Google Maps Link (click here).

This off-the-beaten-path Mayan site near Tecpán is a more unique look at the ancient mayan culture.

Going here will give you access to a lesser-known site meaning that your story is more unique, and it is also a great way of spreading the benefits of tourism to more areas of the country, which improves the economic opportunities for the locals and helps the preservation of more Mayan sites!

Learn the ancient tradition of backstrap weaving from local artisans. This is a unique way to experience the Guatemalan culture!

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Guatemala is by flying into the La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.

Other: You can cross via land borders from Mexico, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador.

How to get Around?

Exploring the Cities and Villages is best done by walking.

To get between cities, Travel like the locals with Chicken buses or opt for more comfort with shuttles and taxis.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Guatemala is by flying into the La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.

Other: You can cross via land borders from Mexico, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador.

How to get Around?

Exploring the Cities and Villages is best done by walking.

To get between cities, Travel like the locals with Chicken buses or opt for more comfort with shuttles and taxis.

Safety Concerns

Guatemala is Moderately Safe for Tourists.

Special Concerns:

  • Volcanic Activity and Earthquakes: Stay up to date on current conditions and follow advice from the locals.
  • Crime Rates: Especially petty theft and pickpocketing, are higher in urban areas. Avoid walking alone at night, stay in well-lit areas, and be cautious in crowded places.

Where to Stay?

The Areas Antigua, Lake Atitlán, or Flores, have many great accommodation options, and make for a great base from which to mount your adventures!

  • Hostels: There are many great options for affordable hostels with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds. This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. 
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people mainly looking to relax.