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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.

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

Guatemala Travel Insights

Lake Atitlan with volcanoes in the background
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
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
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
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
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
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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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Guatemala
Travel specialist Chris Gwinner
active 3 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 1 day 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 Catherina Tittaferrante
active 1 hour 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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Travel specialist Esteban Tittaferrante
active 15 hours ago

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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Trip Reviews for Guatemala

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Maddie

Exploring Guatemala · Guatemala - Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2019

Traveler: Maddie K. - Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante

Everything was so great! Upon arrival Catherina called us to check in which was extremely thoughtful. Esteban, our overall guide was absolutely fabulous! He was so knowledgeable and kind. He was a great driver and tour guide. We loved our time in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Tikal. I would highly recommend Esteban for any other tour. Pablo, our driver in Tikal was really kind too. We found out he was a Audubon member for birding! We loved the Cacao boutique hotel, the service was fabulous and... read more

Everything was so great! Upon arrival Catherina called us to check in which was extremely thoughtful. Esteban, our overall guide was absolutely fabulous! He was so knowledgeable and kind. He was a great driver and tour guide. We loved our time in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and Tikal. I would highly recommend Esteban for any other tour. Pablo, our driver in Tikal was really kind too. We found out he was a Audubon member for birding! We loved the Cacao boutique hotel, the service was fabulous and the breakfast was amazing. We also really liked the facilities at the Tikal Inn. Honestly everything was wonderful and we would definitely come back to Guatemala or recommend all of this to any friends or family!

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Catherina Tittaferrante, local specialist, responded to this review:

We loooooooove been part of your memories! is an honor to know we made true our commitment, we will be always here to serve you! Keep exploring and enjoying life

Guatemala · Guatemala - Jul 2 - Jul 7, 2019

Traveler: Hollie S. - Local specialist: Chris Gwinner

Great trip! Antigua was wonderful! The hikes up Picaya and Earth Lodge in El Hato provided amazing views. Both of our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Carlos was a walking history book and Louis was very patient with our lack of hiking experience. My only suggestion would be maybe get a better feel for the fitness of the travelers. One of the hikes was too much for one family member. Casa Antigua was a lovely hotel. The cooking class was really fun. Thanks for working with us. We felt safe throughout the trip. I highly recommend KimKim as a travel resource for Guatemala.

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Chris Gwinner, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review Hollie and I'm glad your family had a great trip to Guatemala! Thank you for the suggestion about the fitness levels, it's a great point that we'll work to be better on. Please be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Cheers!

David's home Trip · Guatemala - Jun 8 - Jun 15, 2019

Traveler: Kenneth F. - Local specialist: Chris Gwinner

All of it was great. Each aspect was wonderful. The hike up Pacaya, the tour of Antigua, Atitlan and the lake was beautiful. The cooking class was exceptional. Thanks for a memorable trip.

Ken Farnham

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Chris Gwinner, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review Ken and I'm glad your family had a great trip to Guatemala! Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Cheers!