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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
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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
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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.

Overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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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.

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.

Antigua's famous Santa Catalina Arch
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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.

Watch Volcan de Fuego erupt from your campsite on Volcan de Acatenango
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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.

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Sunset over volcanoes and valleys in the highlands of Guatemala
Guatemala Seven Volcanoes Trek: Antigua, Quetzaltenango & Atitlán - 10 Days

Conquer seven of Guatemala's volcanic peaks on this unforgettable 10-day trekking adventure. Setting out from the charming colonial city of Antigua, you'll make your way along the famed "Ring of Fire," where lush cloud forests and colorful villages sit in the shadows of ancient volcanoes. Cross rugged lava fields to Pacaya, watch the sunrise from your camp on Acatenango, hike the famous Siete Cruces ridge to Volcán de Zunil, and enjoy some well-earned rest on the scenic shores of Lake Atitlán.

The Río Dulce - Guatemala's Caribbean Gem
Guatemala's Caribbean Coast - 6 Days

Escape to Guatemala's Caribbean coast on this action-packed 6-day itinerary. Starting from the capital of Guatemala City, set out towards the east coast to discover a whole new side of the country's culture and scenery. Visit magical hot spring waterfalls, kayak the waterways of the Río Dulce, and experience Caribbean Garifuna culture in Livingston.

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.

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Trip Reviews for Guatemala

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An exceptional experience... · Guatemala - Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2021

Traveler: Jared M. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo and team provided an exceptional experience during our visit. Everything from transportation to/from the airport to required COVID testing was taken care of. Would certainly reach back out to Eduardo before planning my next trip!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review Jared! I'm glad you were able to visit Guatemala during these times and enjoy your vacation you and your familly with Luis Pedro guiding you around the country. 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!

Eduardo did a great job planning our trip. He... · Guatemala - Dec 24 - Dec 31, 2021

Traveler: Ariel S. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

Eduardo did a great job planning our trip. He was very responsive and very helpful, and made the whole experience very easy. I highly recommend using Eduardo's services for a trip to Guatemala.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Ariel! I'm glad you were able to visit Guatemala with our cousin during these special times of the year!! with Franciso and your driver Henry guiding you around the country. 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!

Christine

This trip was GREAT! · Guatemala - Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2021

Traveler: Christine H. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

This trip was great!
I found KimKim through an Internet search and was so excited. I told them a basic outline of what I wanted and they found me someone who could organize it for me. I basically had a bespoke vacation planned for me. The KimKim web interface is easy to use and what’s really nice is that keeps all of your correspondence with your travel specialist in one place.

I was assigned to Old Town Outfitters in Antigua Guatemala. Eduardo organized my trip EXACTLY how I asked for it. I... read more

This trip was great!
I found KimKim through an Internet search and was so excited. I told them a basic outline of what I wanted and they found me someone who could organize it for me. I basically had a bespoke vacation planned for me. The KimKim web interface is easy to use and what’s really nice is that keeps all of your correspondence with your travel specialist in one place.

I was assigned to Old Town Outfitters in Antigua Guatemala. Eduardo organized my trip EXACTLY how I asked for it. I got to do everything I wanted to do. I had an extra day and Eduardo suggested a volcano climb and it was the perfect addition to my trip. The hotels were clean and had charm.

My itinerary included a volcano climb, a visit to Tikal, a 5 day jungle hike/camp to El Mirador, and a free day to wander Antigua. My guides were all very knowledgable. The guide I had for Tikal, Mario, was one of the most knowledgable guides I have had anywhere. He was able to put the ruins in a historical context encompassing other ruins I had visited before. The guide i and for El Mirador was an amazing mix of guide and outdoorsman. He really took care of our group and I felt completely safe in the jungle with him.

I highly recommend KimKim and will use their services again for other trips. And I also highly recommend Old Town Outfitters and Eduardo if you are going to Central America.

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Christine! I'm happy to hear you have done a great trek to "El Mirador" in Guatemala experiencing the culture with the local community of "Carmelita" during these special times of the year!! Besides visiting other popular attractions like "Volcano Pacaya" and The Colonial City of Antigua. It was a pleasure to talk to you both days before leaving for your country.

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!