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Introducing Guatemala

When is the best time to visit? 
The weather in Guatemala is generally split between two seasons — dry and rainy. The dry season generally runs from mid-October to late April, with the other half of the year being the rainy season. That being said, tourism is still alive and thriving during the rainy season as we're not dealing with monsoon-type rains, think more afternoon/evening showers. Depending on your goals while visiting Guatemala, each season has its benefits. Overnight camping and long hikes favor the dry season, while birding, morning adventures, and smaller crowds are best during the rainy season. Learn more

Where to go in Guatemala? 
A few of the top sights that most people think of when visiting Guatemala are Antigua, Lake Atitlan, one of the many volcanoes, and the Tikal ruins. When you search Guatemala they will be the top sights, although if you are open to getting a little more off the beaten path, Guatemala has so many wonders to experience including the beautiful hiking trails in the Western Highlands, the rivers and caves in Alta Verapaz, black sand Pacific beaches, mountain biking trails in every corner, and many more. Let us know what types of adventure you're seeking and we'll help recommend the right areas.

How many days do I need?
Although Guatemala is a fairly small country in size, the variety in Mayan culture and drastic landscapes make it huge! At least a week is recommended to get a feel for the different experiences this country has to offer.

Getting Around Guatemala
There are two main airports in Guatemala, La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, and Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores—close to the Tikal ruins. Once in the country, it's best to get around by private transfer or shared tourist shuttle (minibus or coach). Learn more

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Lake Atitlan with volcanoes in the background
Map of Best of Guatemala - 8 Days
Best of Guatemala - 8 Days

This one-week trip packs in all the highlights of beautiful Guatemala, from touring Mayan ruins and climbing an active volcano to exploring the stunning landscape. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you discover the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, the magic of Lake Atitlan, and the history of Mayan civilization at Tikal.

View of Agua volcano from Antigua, Guatemala
Map of Mayan Adventure in Guatemala - 6 Days
Mayan Adventure in Guatemala - 6 Days

This trip to the heart of Central America offers fascinating historical culture, thrilling adventure, and jaw-dropping vistas. You'll fall in love with the charming colonial city of Antigua, learn about ancient Mayan civilization, and hike and bike some of Guatemala's stunning mountain volcanoes.

View of the volcano from Antigua, Guatemala
Map of Best of Guatemala and Copan in 2 Weeks - 13 Days
Best of Guatemala and Copan in 2 Weeks - 13 Days

Delve into the incredible natural beauty and diverse cultures of Guatemala and Honduras on this two-week trip. Discover Mayan ruins, towering volcanoes, and vibrant cities through a well-rounded mix of outdoor adventures and cultural encounters. You'll roam around colonial Antigua, kayak on stunning Lake Atitlan, and browse the artisan markets in indigenous Mayan towns.

Overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Map of Luxury and Mayan Culture in Guatemala -  8 Days
Luxury and Mayan Culture in Guatemala - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in ancient Mayan culture while traveling in style on this 8-day trip to Guatemala. Pamper yourself in luxury hotels and see the sights from above as you fly by helicopter to some of Guatemala's best attractions. You'll bask in the beauty of magical Lake Atitlan, discover the charming colonial city of Antigua, and participate in a Mayan ceremonial ritual.

Watch Volcan de Fuego erupt from your campsite on Volcan de Acatenango
Map of Multi-Sport Adventure in Guatemala - 8 Days
Multi-Sport Adventure in Guatemala - 8 Days

You're in for a week of adventure on this action-packed trip to one of Central America's lesser-known gems. Discover the rugged natural beauty of Guatemala as you hike, bike, and kayak around its most stunning attractions and charming towns. You'll camp out overnight on a volcano, go mountain biking through colorful indigenous villages, and paddle through the waters of magical Lake Atitlan.

Antigua's famous Santa Catalina Arch
Map of Highlights of Guatemala - 10 Days
Highlights of Guatemala - 10 Days

Experience the rich culture, natural beauty, and adventure of Guatemala on this 10-day itinerary. You'll stroll through the well-preserved colonial town of Antigua, with its cobblestone streets, ruins, elaborate churches, and bustling market; visit Lake Atitlan and its three surrounding dormant volcanoes; and explore the history of the Maya ruins at Tikal.

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Volcanoes Surrounding Lake Atitlán
Nature, Culture, and History in Guatemala - 14 Days

Discover Guatemala on this 2-week adventure with cultural, culinary, and outdoor experiences, starting in the preserved, colonial town of Antigua. Get active by climbing Pacaya Volcano, hiking and kayaking around Lake Atitlán, and exploring Rio Dulce and its Finca Paraiso hot-spring waterfall. Enjoy Guatemalan culture with visits to open-air markets, cooking classes, and Mayan craft villages, as well as exploring the Mayan palace and temple ruins in Tikal National Park.

Streets of Caye Caulker Village, Belize
Cultural Highlights of Belize and Guatemala - 7 Days

Explore the culture and ancient history of Belize and Guatemala in this week-long trip, starting in the picturesque Caribbean island of Caye Caulker, where you'll enjoy a snorkeling excursion and swim with sharks. Head inland to explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich on horseback, then cross into Guatemala to visit the temples and palaces in Tikal National Par. End the trip in the historic colonial city of Antigua and with a boat tour of the Mayan craft villages surrounding Lake Atitlán.

Guatemala's "Ring of Fire" Volcanoes
Culture and Hiking in Guatemala - 7 Days

This Guatemala hiking trip takes you to the top of Acatenango, Pacaya, and San Pedro volcanoes, following trails through dense cloud forests with panoramic views of the surrounding highlands. Enjoy the peace of nature with picnic lunches atop volcanic summits, camping under the stars, and discovering unique terrain, such as dried lava fields. When you're not hiking, you'll be perusing the UNESCO Old Town of Antigua and exploring Lake Atitlán by boat, kayak, or zip line.

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Best of Guatemala - 8 Days
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Mayan Adventure in Guatemala - 6 Days
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Best of Guatemala and Copan in 2 Weeks - 13 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Chris Gwinner
active 2 days ago

Chris Gwinner

I am passionate about adventure travel and feel very lucky to be able to share that passion with others through Old Town Outfitters. I'm originally from Savannah, Georgia but have been living...

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Travel specialist Eduardo Celada
active 2 days ago

Eduardo Celada

My passion for showing the beauty of Guatemala began when I was traveling in Guatemala as a tourist in my own country. After working in several hotels and other tourism related businesses, I...

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Travel specialist Esteban Tittaferrante

Esteban Tittaferrante

I am passionate about travel and I like that every traveler gets the best possible experience that they will never forget in their lives, so I try my best every time, because I do it with love with...

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Travel specialist Catherina Tittaferrante
active 3 days ago

Catherina Tittaferrante

I create personoalized tours based on our visitor's preferences, I take care of logistics, this mean I organize and confirm every single supplier needed to make our visitor's experience true and I...

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Trip Reviews for Guatemala

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Guatemala Ring of Fire-Must Do! · Guatemala - Feb 1 - Feb 15, 2020

Traveler: Daisy B. - Local specialist: Chris Gwinner

My team of 5 avid hikers hiked 7 volcanoes in 11 days with guides Carlos and Lucas, who went out of their way to make our trip fun, safe, exciting and full of wonderful surprises. Their passion for adventure, love for the outdoors of their country, dedication and commitment to meeting our needs and cheerful disposition made it an epic experience for us.

I am also extremely grateful to Chris Gwinner, of Old Town Outfitters (OTO), who tailored this adventure for my group. His professionalism,... read more

My team of 5 avid hikers hiked 7 volcanoes in 11 days with guides Carlos and Lucas, who went out of their way to make our trip fun, safe, exciting and full of wonderful surprises. Their passion for adventure, love for the outdoors of their country, dedication and commitment to meeting our needs and cheerful disposition made it an epic experience for us.

I am also extremely grateful to Chris Gwinner, of Old Town Outfitters (OTO), who tailored this adventure for my group. His professionalism, prompt and accurate communication and patience in answering questions left little to unknown which helped everything run smoothly.

Getting up close to volcanoes is unique and humbling. The breath-taking scenery from the summits were awe-inspiring. The hikes were challenging but the experience was worth the sweat and dust on our boots, hair and skin, and OTO played a vital and commendable role in making it all possible.

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Chris Gwinner, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us the review Daisy! You and the rest of the group were an absolute pleasure to have out on the trails. Our guides had a great time with you and appreciated your positive attitudes and desire to learn about the local culture.

Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Alice

We had a fantastic family trip to Antigua & Lake Atitlan, Guatemala · Guatemala - Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2020

Traveler: Alice M. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so... read more

We just got back from our week-long family trip to Guatemala. We had an incredible time, due in large part to the efforts of Eduardo of kimkim who set us up with fun things to do, fabulous guides and a great driver, all for a reasonable price. We travel a fair amount but generally wing it when it comes to activities and getting around but using kimkim is likely to become my new modus operandi when planning family trips for our family of 4 (2 parents + 2 daughters ages 11 and 15). It was so nice to arrive, have a driver (Antonio) waiting to take us to our destination and a guide to help us understand what we were looking at. We had a limited amount of time for this trip and I really felt like this approach let us get the most out of it. We had three different guides (Miguel, Pablo & Flavio) show us different parts of Guatemala and each brought their own background and perspective, which was great. How awesome to have a former entomology professor talk nature and bugs with your kid who is into nature & the wilderness!

The only criticism I would have would be that a couple of the activities were a bit overly ambitious for us with an 11 year old in tow and I wished that kimkim/Eduardo could have anticipated that and made alternate recommendations. On the other hand, he was able to set up workarounds, like a van home at a halfway point for the bike ride through the villages outside Antigua. We did skip one activity altogether because we were tired and needed some downtime.

Overall, 5 stars for kimkim! I will definitely be checking in with you when we are getting ready to go on our next international trip to a new destination. You made my life as the family's trip planner so much easier!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Alice, we really feel happy to get this feedback from you here at Old Town Outfitters in Guatemala...

We hope you have had also a great time while you were here in Guatemala. We strive to provide fun, unique, meaningful, and quality trips at Old Town.
Thanks for spreading the good word about your experience to future travelers and tell us how we did here: We already are trying to do it better again.

Hope to you see in Guatemala again soon,
Eduardo

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I... · Guatemala - Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2020

Traveler: David J. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Diego was really fantastic! There is no way I could have made it up & down Acatenango without him.
He is truly an expert , and gave me encouragement and great instructions. He was fun to be with for all those hours

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you so much for the in-depth review and your kind words! The whole team here including Diego your guide. drivers and more really enjoyed your enthusiasm throughout the trip and appreciate your willingness to learn about Belize and Guatemala. You will be a great ambassador for the country as I'm sure you'll share lots of great stories with your friends and family. Thank you again for your business and hopefully, we'll see you and family back in Guatemala one day!