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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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.
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.
This action-packed tour combines outdoor sports with the beauty of Guatemala, starting in the historic colonial city of Antigua. Trade cobbled streets for mountain bike tracks and enjoy an exhilarating day of downhill biking on the slopes of Acatenango Volcano, then summit the top of Pacaya Volcano and traverse its lava fields. End your trip kayaking the shores of Lake Atitlán and hiking through its traditional Mayan craft villages.
This 5-day trip to Guatemala starts in the old capital of Antigua, with guided walking tours and a cooking class where you'll learn to make traditional dishes with the help of regional chefs. Escape into nature and conquer the summit of Pacaya Volcano, hiking through its dried lava fields and dense forests. You'll end the trip exploring the shores of Lake Atitlán and peruse the Mayan villages with their traditional crafts, then discover the ruins at Iximché.
Conquer seven incredible volcano summits on this 14-day trekking tour of Guatemala's "Ring of Fire." Setting out from the charming colonial city of Antigua, you'll scale some of the highest peaks in Central America, camp on scenic slopes, and spend your downtime soaking in hot springs, visiting Mayan ruins, and relaxing on the peaceful shores of Lake Atitlán.
This action-packed two-week adventure takes you mountain biking through the breathtaking landscape of Guatemala's Highlands. Your journey starts in the former colonial capital of Antigua, where you'll set off exploring local routes and making your way west to Lake Atitlán and onward to the Cuchumatanes Mountains. Each day's ride offers a unique challenge as you discover the country's soaring volcanoes, lush cloud forests, and rich local culture.
September in Guatemala can be quite wet—with more rainfall than any other time of year—but don't let this put you off visiting. With off-season prices, fewer tourists, Independence Day festivities across the country, and the chance to see baby sea turtles making their way to the Pacific ocean, there's still plenty to see and do. Read on to find out more reasons to visit Guatemala in September.
October may be one of the wettest months of the year in Guatemala, but, with plenty to see and do, and the rains (mostly) limited to the odd afternoon downpour, it's still a great time to visit. The beginning of the month is quite quiet, with fewer visitors and cheaper prices, although it can get quite busy toward the end. Still, October is a month for taking it slow, enjoying delicious Guatemalan coffee, lazing around on Lake Atitlán, and wandering the markets and towns of the Highlands.
November is a pretty magical time of year to visit Guatemala. Marking the end of the rainy season, the weather is warm and dry, the countryside is lush with wildflowers carpeting the hills, and there are plenty of fascinating cultural events and (slightly) fewer tourists than the high season. Arrive on the first of the month for the Giant Kites Festival in Santiago Sacatepéquez or head to the hills to enjoy the horse races and ring in All Saint's Day.
August in Guatemala is hot and humid, with sunny mornings, rainy afternoons, and lots of North American travelers visiting for summer vacation. Not as wet as July or September, it's actually quite a good time to go exploring. Head up to Flores to explore the picturesque island in an ancient volcanic caldera, explore the temples of Tikal, or enjoy hiking the hills in the highlands and around Antigua, which are beautiful and green this time of year.
July is one of the busiest months in Guatemala, with tourists from North America and Europe making the most of their summer breaks. The weather also brightens up a bit in the highlands after a rainy June, with hot sunny days and the odd stormy afternoon, making it the perfect time to explore Antigua and relax on Lake Atitlán. To soak up some culture, head to Cobán for the Fiesta Nacional Indígena, with street fairs, parades, and parties—not to mention a myriad of waterfalls, caves, and lagoons to explore.
June in Guatemala is a relatively quiet month, but one where nature reigns supreme. From the sea turtles nesting on the Pacific Coast to the rains bringing the waterfalls to majestic levels, it's the perfect time to explore the country's natural beauty. Our favorite spots include Semuc Champey and Alta Verapaz, where you can go tubing along rivers through caves lit by candlelight and swim in secluded lagoons. Keep reading to find out more about what to do and where to go.
May is the beginning of the rainy season in Guatemala, with hot humid mornings and downpours in the afternoon, interspersed with occasional tropical storms where lightning illuminates the entire sky, especially over the volcanoes. Although it's the quiet season, it still has plenty of charm and is a great time to get to experience a more authentic side of Guatemala, especially in places like Antigua and Lake Atitlán, which can get quite busy in the high season. Read on to find out more about why May is a great month to visit Guatemala.
Guatemala’s climate is as varied as its terrain—from tropical rainforest in the Mayan biosphere and the hot and humid coastlines to the temperate highlands. As a general rule, summer is hot and wet, fall is warm and wet, winter is warm and dry, and spring is hot and dry, but, with a jam-packed calendar of fascinating cultural events and plenty to do and see whatever the weather, there are many reasons to visit Guatemala all year round.
From the amazing weather to the month-long festivities across the country, December is a great month to visit Guatemala—even if it is also one of the busiest. Still, with plenty of to see and do, including watching masked dancers swinging around upside down from the top of a giant pole and partaking in the Christmas celebrations, which—in typical Guatemalan style—involve plenty of parades, processions, feasting and fireworks, you'll soon forget about the crowds.
April is the hottest—and holiest—month in Guatemala. It's just as well known for its steamy days as it is for Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in the week leading up to Easter. This is a popular time to visit Guatemala, with parades, processions, and colorful carpets adorning the streets, especially in Antigua. After Easter, most travelers head to Lake Atitlán to relax—but to avoid the crowds, we recommend Rio Dulce or Huehuetenango instead. Keep reading to learn more about why April is a popular time to visit Guatemala.
Marking the end of the winter and the beginning of the humid spring, March is one of the hottest months in Guatemala—expect little to no rain, and temperatures sometimes reaching over 90°F. Still, this makes it the perfect time to enjoy Guatemala's many swimming spots, including ancient volcanic lakes, limestone pools, tropical waterfalls, ice-cold rivers, and black sand beaches. Read on to find out more reasons why you should visit Guatemala in March.
Not as hot as the spring months (and not as busy as the holiday season), February is the perfect time to enjoy Guatemala. Warm, dry weather makes exploring tourist hotspots like Antigua and Tikal pleasant, and you won't need to worry about crowds. It's also coffee harvest season in Guatemala, with plenty of related activities on offer, including the Coffee Harvest Festival in Frajianes and coffee farm tours. Keep reading to find out all the other reasons why February is a great time to visit this magical country.
January is one of the best times to visit Guatemala, with warm, dry weather all around. Conditions are perfect for trekking in the highlands, climbing volcanoes, and exploring jungle temples in the Mayan city of Tikal. It's a popular time to visit, so make sure you plan ahead to avoid the crowds—unless you end up joining the tens of thousands of worshippers on their annual pilgrimage to one of the holiest sites in Central America. Read on to find out more about what to do and where to go in Guatemala in January.
This quick but action-packed 5-day itinerary includes the best adventure highlights of Guatemala's Antigua region. Stroll through the amazingly well-preserved colonial town of Antigua, bike epic downhill runs on local trails, and camp in front of an active volcano. You'll return from this active escape inspired by the rugged beauty of the land and the warmth and welcome of its people.
Discover beautiful Guatemala on a romantic honeymoon! Stroll through the well-preserved colonial town of Antigua, climb the fiery Pacaya Volcano, enjoy day hikes and boat tours around the magical Lake Atitlán, and visit the famous Tikal Ruins. You'll also spend a day in the Caribbean island-town of Livingston, and treat yourself to numerous relaxing spa and hot spring days for the perfect mix of culture, romance, and adventure.
The perfect blend of relaxed romance and adventure, this two-week itinerary is perfect for couples looking for daytime excursions and blissful evenings. Begin with a few days of exploration in Antigua before heading to see Guatemala's volcanoes, lakes, national parks, and ancient ruins. See why this country has been deemed one of the under-the-radar-gems of the travel world, through cultural, culinary, and outdoor experiences.
Deemed one of the hidden wonders of the travel world, explore Guatemala on this 16-day adventure through cultural, culinary, and outdoor experiences with your partner. Stroll through the amazingly well-preserved colonial town of Antigua, with its charming cobblestone streets, historic ruins and churches, and bustling market. Climb the active Pacaya Volcano, enjoy lighter outdoor activities like kayaking around Lake Atitlan, and visit the famous Tikal Ruins.
Discover Guatemala, the last stronghold of the Mayan civilization, on this culture-forward trip starting and ending in colonial Antigua. Explore Tikal National Park, splash into nature on a tubing adventure through Alta Verapaz's cave system at B'omb'il Pek, and swim in the natural pools of Semuc Champey. Take in striking mountain scenery in Guatemala's Western Highlands, and visit Mayan villages along the shores of Lake Atitlán.
Volcano trekking is the focus of this 15-day expedition in Guatemala, with breathtaking views at the summit of every climb. Start at the Spanish colonial city of Antigua and climb Pacaya Volcano and Volcán de Agua, then head to the shores of Lake Atitlan for a hike up Volcán Toliman. You'll be transferred to the Quiche Indian town of Quetzaltenango for Volcán Santa Maria, followed by Volcán Tajumulco—the highest point in Central America.
Spend 16 days riding on two wheels as you explore Guatemala's lively towns and unrivaled natural splendor; you'll traverse from Antigua to the sparkling waters of Lake Atitlan, then ascend the country's highest mountains in Huehuetenango. You'll return from this action-packed escape inspired by both the rugged beauty of the land as well as the warmth and loveliness of the Guatemalan people, not to mention the new friends you'll make on the trails.
Explore the scenic outdoors on this five-day Guatemalan nature adventure. Get a first glimpse of the local flora and fauna at Ram Tzul, along with visiting a beautiful waterfall. Then, tour and swim in the iconic turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. Next, discover the caves in the Limestone Mountains of Candelaría, before touring Laguna Lachúa National Park and its unique ecosystem thriving with wildcats and exotic birds.
Embark on this five-day Mayan journey through Guatemala, which features a mix of cultural and outdoor landmarks. Begin in Tikal, where a nature lodge awaits, along with a tour of Tikal National Park and its active monkeys and birds. Then, travel to Río Dulce and enjoy the river tour, as well as some birding. Next, explore the Quirigua Ruins and Mayan sculptures before traveling back to Guatemala City.
On this four-day trip to Guatemala, explore the local culture, along with one of the most stunning lakeside landmarks. Begin in Antiqua, and tour the churches, monasteries, and Mayan ruins, along with choosing between different artisanal workshops. Then, travel to Lake Atitlán to view the iconic body of water, along with visiting the local villages.
On this weeklong journey through Guatemala, explore the sites and landmarks of the Highlands. The trip begins in Antigua for a sightseeing tour that includes a roster of hands-on workshops. Then, experience the 4,000-year-old Chichicastenango Market in Panajachel. Next, tour the iconic Lake Atitlán and visit native museums, before discovering the ancient Iximché ruins and Tikal National Park, which are steeped in Mayan culture.
Guatemalan Culture & Outdoor Tour: Cobán, Tikal National Park, Lake Atitlán, Antigua & More - 10 Days
On this 10-day tour, experience the rich culture and scenic outdoor landmarks of Guatemala. Arrive in Guatemala City, before heading to Ram Tzul to explore the nature reserve, along with Semuc Champey and its iconic turquoise pools. Next, explore Tika National Park and become immersed in Mayan culture. A boat tour through Rió Dulce offers birding and a hot springs soak, while a trip to Lake Atitlán provides an inside look into Guatemalan cooperatives and museums. The trip concludes with a visit to the 4,000-year-old Chichicastenango Market, along with some sightseeing in Antigua.
On this 16-day active adventure trough Guatemala, you’ll conquer seven volcano summits located in the country’s highlands. The beginning of the trip is anchored in Antigua, where you’ll hike and camp near volcanos including Pacaya, Acatenango, and Fuego. Then, you’ll travel to Quetzaltenango to hike and explore Zunil and Santa Maria. You’ll also visit the Tajumulco and San Pedro volcanos before landing at Lake Atitlán, where you can relax by the water and explore the Iximché ruins on your way back to Antigua.
Discover the best of Guatemala in 11 days, from climbing a volcano and visiting Mayan villages to soaking in hot springs on this active culture and nature-focused itinerary. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you explore the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, the serene beauty of Lake Atitlán, and the ruins of Mayan civilization at Tikal. You'll also cruise along the Río Dulce to Livingston for an afternoon along the Caribbean coast.
Enjoy the best of Guatemala and Honduras' Roatán Island in two weeks on this culture- and nature-focused adventure. You'll explore ancient Maya ruins in Tikal, inner tube through winding caves at B'omb'il Pek, and visit rural Ixil communities in the Western Highlands. Discover Guatemala's natural rugged beauty as you swim, drive, and fly your way across the country.
Combining adventure and nature with leisure and culture, this one-week trip covers Guatemala's main attractions from the Western Highlands to the Pacific Coast. Discover charming Antigua and the surrounding landscape on a bike and walking tour and experience the bustling Chichicastenango market on your way to Panajachel. Explore the indigenous communities around stunning Lake Atitlán with a hike up Rupalaj K’istalin before ending your adventure with a relaxing two days on the black-sand beach of Monterrico.
This exciting two-week itinerary of Guatemala perfectly combines adventure and cultural exploration with two nights of camping on Belize's remote Lime Caye. Deep-dive into the Mayan past as you wander amid the ruins of Tikal, rub elbows with the K'iche' Maya people at the Chichicastenango market and meet with local Mayan communities around stunning Lake Atitlán. You'll inner-tube a complex cave system at B'omb'il Pek, snorkel the Belize Barrier Reef, and hike the still-active Pacaya Volcano outside of Antigua.
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.
Coffee has long been one of Guatemala's top exports, but only recently has the country cultivated a café culture of its own. Nowadays, shops brewing locally-sourced coffee are easy to find in most corners of the nation—and cultural hotspot Antigua is no exception. Here's a roundup of the top cafés in Central America's favorite colonial town.
This is Guatemalan trekking at its best. The Western Mayan Highlands Trail follows ancient trade routes that once connected the Mayan civilizations of Lake Atitlan to those of Quetzaltenango. Much of this walk is above 10,000 feet (3,000 m), providing phenomenal views of 15 different volcanoes. Watch the sunset over Lake Atitlan, and finish your hike with a dip in the Fuentes Georginas hot springs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.