Guatemala Travel Agents

Kimkim has selected the best Guatemala travel agents so you'll have a worry-free trip.
With kimkim you will connect directly to a local specialist in Guatemala who will personalize your trip to your specific tastes. Once we have a sense of who you are and what you're looking for, you'll be matched with the right local travel agent for you. Not everyone wants to get completely off the grid—but even if you want to hit the most popular sites and cities, kimkim ensures a customized experience, including lodging, guides, and transportation.
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Chris Gwinner

(27 reviews)
Guatemala Travel Agent based in Antigua, Guatemala
Chris specializes in: Adventure Travel, Trekking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Cultural Tours
Recent traveler reviews for Chris:
"I had the pleasure of having Chris as local specialist and Willy as my guide fr=m the company Old Town Outfitters throughout the week from 10/01/2021-17/01/2021." - by Bryan, Jan 20, 2021 · see review
"I am also extremely grateful to Chris Gwinner, of Old Town Outfitters (OTO), who tailored this adventure for my group." - by Daisy, Mar 10, 2020 · see review
"Chris was amazing in communicating and scheduling our itinerary." - by Julie, Dec 24, 2019 · see review

Eduardo Celada

(17 reviews)
Guatemala Travel Agent based in Antigua, Guatemala
Eduardo specializes in: Adventure, Culture, Archaeological, Volunteeer, Language students
Recent traveler reviews for Eduardo:
"Special thanks to Eduardo at kimkim." - by Allen, Apr 19, 2022 · see review
"Eduardo had the trip so nicely set up." - by Maureen, Mar 31, 2022 · see review
"Of course it is different guides in each country for Kimkim, but sooo glad we did as Eduardo made our trip in Guatemala!" - by Silvia, Mar 10, 2022 · see review

Trip Reviews for Guatemala

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
4.9
(45 reviews)

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheap... · Guatemala - Mar 26 - Apr 4, 2022

Traveler: Allen B. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheaper, more interesting and way, way safer than the other Central American countries that we've toured, especially Mexico. We felt safe walking anywhere, excluding Guatemala City, including night. People are smiling and unusually kind, both to us and to each other. We did the standard Antigua, Tikal, Atitlan route. The latter was the most interesting, especially when we took an extra day to go to the villages the tourists don't normally visit. And... read more

We found Guatemala to be more friendly, cheaper, more interesting and way, way safer than the other Central American countries that we've toured, especially Mexico. We felt safe walking anywhere, excluding Guatemala City, including night. People are smiling and unusually kind, both to us and to each other. We did the standard Antigua, Tikal, Atitlan route. The latter was the most interesting, especially when we took an extra day to go to the villages the tourists don't normally visit. And though all guides and drivers were fine, Pedro in Atitlan was the best.

Special thanks to Eduardo at kimkim. He had to plan our trip 3 times (twice delayed due to Covid restrictions.) I ask lots of questions and requested many particular changes to the itinerary. He always responded quickly. During the trip he was very attentive, coming to our hotel to review things and always available on the phone. The only two issues we encountered occurred on Sunday nights and he was available and on top of it even then.

In Flores near Tikal, recommend staying at a hotel on the island, not the other side of the bridge and definitely not the El Patio hotel (we were moved upon request.) The 5 star hotels in Antigua, Camino Real and the Casa Santa Domingo (the latter built around museums and not to be missed) were fantastic. Every hotel, including the $50/nite Regis in Panajachel, included great breakfasts.

Tourism is still down 50% or more in Guatemala so take this opportunity to
Visit.

Hotel Review

Del patio hotel

Flores

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Bedroom and nowhere to walk for food at night that wasn't sketchy

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your kind words we really appreciate your comments to our destinations in Guatemala. At the same time the work of our staff providing a quality service.

See you next time.

What an amazing trip. · Guatemala - Mar 19 - Mar 26, 2022

Traveler: Maureen G. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

What an amazing trip. We cant say enough good things about the experience. Guatemala was definitely a very special place and by the 5 th day we were already planning our next trip back!
Eduardo had the trip so nicely set up. We flew into Guatemala and spent the night ( Eduardo was right that we should have just gone on to Antigua but we wanted to see the city) We walked a few streets in Guatemala city and then headed to Antigua that was amazing. La Porta hotel was beautiful. The to the... read more

What an amazing trip. We cant say enough good things about the experience. Guatemala was definitely a very special place and by the 5 th day we were already planning our next trip back!
Eduardo had the trip so nicely set up. We flew into Guatemala and spent the night ( Eduardo was right that we should have just gone on to Antigua but we wanted to see the city) We walked a few streets in Guatemala city and then headed to Antigua that was amazing. La Porta hotel was beautiful. The to the Lake Atitlan that might be the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. Laguna Lodge was lovely and a really great experience. Casa del Mundo was beyond beautiful. Our boats and transportation worked great and for 6 people people that is saying a lot! Especially as two were seniors and all learning the language. We always felt within phone call of Eduardo and he checked on us if we didnt check in. He is amazing and cant say how much we appreciate him.

Hotel Review

Casa del Mundo

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Hotel Review

What an amazing place. The view, the food, the staff all were 5 star!

Tips for future travelers

Bring a good pair of shoes as it made the steps easier . I would travel light in luggage. You can buy clothes in the little towns. You do need to take a boat to the hotel but so easy to do.

Location

The sense of being somewhere special
Cleanliness & Comfort

our room ( we had 3 rooms for 6 people) were all perfect. Beds and view for each person and set up perfectly for a family
Staff

kind respectful and fun
Authenticity & Character

The view of the lake
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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hola Maureen,
It was such a pleasure to meet you here in Antigua. |You and your family are wonderful travelers and we can not wait to see you soon again in Guatemala.

Please help us to spread the good word about your experience to future travelers
Cheers from Guatemala.
Eduardo

Incredible trip! · Guatemala - Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2022

Traveler: Taylor G. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We had a fantastic and convenient experience booking with kimkim. The staff was helpful and promptly answered all of our questions. I would definitely book with kimkim again in the future!

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Taylor,
Thank you for your feedback and for taking your recent ** Guatemalan Highlands: Antigua, Panajachel, Lake Atitlán, & Tikal National Park - 7 Days ** with Old Town Outfitters.

We hope you had a great time while you were here in Guatemala. We strive to provide fun, unique, meaningful, and quality trips at Old Town. Please help us to spread the good word about your experience to future travelers. Our team feels proud of doing a great job with travelers from kimkim.

Hope to you see in Guatemala again soon,
Eduardo

Our trip wouldnt have been the same without kimkim!! · Guatemala - Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2022

Traveler: Silvia W. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We found out about Kimkim originally trying to plan a Morocco trip back in 2020 but that fell through so thought we'd give them a try in Guatemala. Of course it is different guides in each country for Kimkim, but sooo glad we did as Eduardo made our trip in Guatemala! He was so easy to work with, helped that he spoke English (my Spanish is rustier than I thought ha) , very accommodating for our changing plans, and super knowledgeable about the area.

He adjusted our itinerary to what we... read more

We found out about Kimkim originally trying to plan a Morocco trip back in 2020 but that fell through so thought we'd give them a try in Guatemala. Of course it is different guides in each country for Kimkim, but sooo glad we did as Eduardo made our trip in Guatemala! He was so easy to work with, helped that he spoke English (my Spanish is rustier than I thought ha) , very accommodating for our changing plans, and super knowledgeable about the area.

He adjusted our itinerary to what we were interested in and also was able to recommend activities that we should consider on our short 5 day stay in Guatemala. Didnt make it easy for him with the back and forth and he was very understanding, patient and kind!

We went to Lake Atitlan for few days , one more day there made it for us since we cancelled the overnight Acatenango volcano hike (due to a massive earthquake a few days prior that made us unsure to go), did a boat tour to see villages in the area with a coffee co-op tour and a women's textile tour, Chichicastenango and for the 3 of us ,Iximche Mayan Ruins tour, and a last minute zip lining trip! The clutch part of changing our itinerary was that it allowed some extra costs to go to COVID tests - Eduardo scheduled a COVID test tech to come to our accommodations , and send our results that same day so we didnt have to worry about where to go and take it before our flight.. sooo helpful and saved us headaches! And also scheduling shuttles to get us to the airport on time the next day.

All in all, our favorite was Pablo the guide with Old Town Outfitters as our guide for Lake Atitlan as he was humble, knowledgeable, funny and warm, and never pressured us to do anything . He was truly genuine in trying to educate us about the Guatemalan / Mayan culture and took joy when we found joy in learning. He was amazing! It made the part of the trip with him, and all the tours that much more enjoyable. Stay at the Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlán in Panajachel - the property there is just perfect - with beach waterfront and a pool, breakfast included and tap water that was drinkable! (GAMECHANGER). Lake Atitlan is wonderful! Make sure you take a dip in it - and float to soak in the magic of being surrounded by all the volcanos, a blue sky, and birds chirping all around you! Alex our guide for Iximche Mayan Ruins was also our favorite - he shared the same enthusiasm as Pablo for educating us on his Mayan culture to us and we wish he had more time with him. Ask to taste the corn "moonshine"!

Also cant forget our driver Antonio - who was personable, excited to educate us more about Guatemala and converse with us and our choppy Spanish. He was great as well.

Can't highly recommend Eduardo and Kimkim enough. It would be the easiest and best way to get around the country, seeing everything you want to see and more :)

Hotel Review

San Buenaventura Hotel

Panajachel

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Hotel Review

If and when we return to Lake Atitlán, I would 100% book a stay at the Hotel Sanbuenaventura. We got to stay in a standard double bed room one night and upgraded to a two-story suite the following night. Both rooms were very clean with comfortable beds, FILTERED TAP WATER(!), delicious breakfasts (we did not eat lunch and they do not provide dinner). The property feels very tropical with lush landscaping, a beautiful heated pool and many lookout points and green space where you can admire the beautiful lake and volcanos on the horizon. We were always looked after by the hotel staff, they called tuk tuks every time we needed to go into the city center (takes about 15 minutes for them to arrive so plan accordingly).

Location

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Authenticity & Character

Activity Review

Lake Atitlan - Village Tour

Lake Atitlan

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Over 2 days, Pablo Chumil and his expert boat captains took us to 3 villages - San Juan, San Pedro and Santiago Atitlan. We spent the majority of time in charming San Juan, visiting it over 2 days. At first I didn't know why we would go to the village twice but I am so glad we did - we spent 1 day touring an organic coffee cooperative, LA VOZ QUE CLAMA EN EL DECIERTO, SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA and the next day at a women's owned textiles coop, Artesania La Voz De Los Tzutujiles (coincidence in naming). We only made a brief stop in San Pedro so I can't comment on my experience there. Santiago Atitlan was so rich in Mayan history - we visited Maximon, ate the best traditional Mayan/Guatemalan lunch, and enjoyed soaking up the sights and sounds of their culture. I would highly recommend spending an afternoon here. To quote Jurassic Park, "hold on to your butts" during afternoon boat trips across the lake - the water is surprisingly choppy and some rides can be ~30-40 minutes if you're going across the lake. Calm in the mornings, but it was a fun experience! A few of us get sea sickness so we were prepared (turns out natural non-drowsy Dramamine = ginger pills) but we didn't get it too badly.

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Our drivers were so exceptionally skillful at navigating a particularly windy afternoon - our boat was top notch as well!
Quality of Experience

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Silvia..
We really appreciate this config from you and I am pretty sure this will help others to take decisions to visit Guatemala.

Hope to see you again in our land.
Saludos de Guatemala,
Eduardo

I'm definitely recommending kimkim · Guatemala - Feb 17 - Feb 23, 2022

Traveler: Dan P. - Local specialist: Eduardo Celada

We leveraged kimkim for a Guatemala trip and they made our stay so smooth and convenient. Eduardo organized transportation (to/from the airport and local tour destinations), COVID-19 testing, lodging, and hooked us up with some of the best local tour guides I've experienced. What was great about the itinerary was that it provided a nice structure while being very flexible. We made a few changes in plans and Eduardo navigated those changes with finesse. With kimkim, we had the luxury of... read more

We leveraged kimkim for a Guatemala trip and they made our stay so smooth and convenient. Eduardo organized transportation (to/from the airport and local tour destinations), COVID-19 testing, lodging, and hooked us up with some of the best local tour guides I've experienced. What was great about the itinerary was that it provided a nice structure while being very flexible. We made a few changes in plans and Eduardo navigated those changes with finesse. With kimkim, we had the luxury of worrying less about travel logistics and could really focus on enjoying the finer parts of the stay.

Overall, working with kimkim was an exceptional experience during our visit.

Hotel Review

San Buenaventura Hotel

Panajachel

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

If and when we return to Lake Atitlán, I would 100% book a stay at the Hotel Sanbuenaventura. We got to stay in a standard double bed room one night and upgraded to a two-story suite the following night. Both rooms were very clean with comfortable beds, FILTERED TAP WATER(!), delicious breakfasts (we did not eat lunch and they do not provide dinner). The property feels very tropical with lush landscaping, a beautiful heated pool and many lookout points and green space where you can admire the beautiful lake and volcanos on the horizon. We were always looked after by the hotel staff, they called tuk tuks every time we needed to go into the city center (takes about 15 minutes for them to arrive so plan accordingly).

Location

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Authenticity & Character

Activity Review

Lake Atitlan - Village Tour

Lake Atitlan

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Over 2 days, Pablo Chumil and his expert boat captains took us to 3 villages - San Juan, San Pedro and Santiago Atitlan. We spent the majority of time in charming San Juan, visiting it over 2 days. At first I didn't know why we would go to the village twice but I am so glad we did - we spent 1 day touring an organic coffee cooperative, LA VOZ QUE CLAMA EN EL DECIERTO, SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA and the next day at a women's owned textiles coop, Artesania La Voz De Los Tzutujiles (coincidence in naming). We only made a brief stop in San Pedro so I can't comment on my experience there. Santiago Atitlan was so rich in Mayan history - we visited Maximon, ate the best traditional Mayan/Guatemalan lunch, and enjoyed soaking up the sights and sounds of their culture. I would highly recommend spending an afternoon here. To quote Jurassic Park, "hold on to your butts" during afternoon boat trips across the lake - the water is surprisingly choppy and some rides can be ~30-40 minutes if you're going across the lake. Calm in the mornings, but it was a fun experience! A few of us get sea sickness so we were prepared (turns out natural non-drowsy Dramamine = ginger pills) but we didn't get it too badly.

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Our drivers were so exceptionally skillful at navigating a particularly windy afternoon - our boat was top notch as well!
Quality of Experience

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Eduardo Celada, local specialist, responded to this review:

We feel great to see your feedback, we hope more can see this and come to know the Mayaland. Thank you very much for so sweet words to our ears.
See you next time!!
Eduardo