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Columbus Guatemala Travel

We are not just a travel company!

Our mission is to be your local compañero — your trusted companion — on your journey of experiencing the rich cultural landscape of our beautiful Guatemala. Unlike your typical travel company, we want to get to know you (like, really know you) and understand what makes you tick. We’re all about gaining a deeper understanding of our guests, our team and the communities around us so we can empower you to get to know our favorite place on earth in a truly meaningful way.

Our vision is that after being immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Guatemala, you will feel a newfound appreciation for not only our Central American paradise, but the global community as a whole. When you board your return flight home, our goal is that you’ll take with you memories, gratitude and friends that you won’t soon forget.

The difference between a local travel specialist and a travel agency is that travel agencies act as a go-between, by booking third party operators and different airlines. Travel agencies have very little insight about their destinations and lack in-depth knowledge about specific sites and locations visited during their customer’s travel. As a local travel specialist, Columbus Guatemala Travel organizes and operates each traveler’s trip from beginning to end, creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences that a travel agency simply cannot offer.

Columbus Guatemala Travel offers a unique perspective and a special connection to one of Latin America's greatest offerings, Guatemala!​

Columbus Guatemala Travel is part of the following groups: Costa Rica Travel Agents, Guatemala Travel Agents, Honduras Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

Sunset at Monterrico
Winter in Guatemala: Maya Ruins, Volcanoes & Beaches - 6 Days

This whirlwind itinerary introduces you to the highlights of Guatemala's dry season—from archaeological sites to iconic volcanoes and black-sand beaches in just under a week. First, head to Tikal National Park and walk amid ancient Maya pyramids dating to the eighth century. Then, head to the well-preserved colonial city of Antigua for a tour and scenic hike up nearby Pacaya Volcano before finishing the trip on the stunning Pacific Coast just in time for sea turtle hatching season.

The pyramids of Tikal peeking out of the rainforest
Guatemala Winter Escape: Rainforests, Rivers & Ruins - 6 Days

With warm days and cool nights, winter is the perfect time to delve into Guatemala's natural and ancient wonders. This six-day adventure kicks off with sightseeing in Guatemala City before flying north to explore the country's most famous archaeological site—the UNESCO-listed temple complex at Tikal. After hiking ancient Maya pyramids, head south to Lago Izabal and take a ride down the jade waters of the Río Dulce.

Lake Atitlán
Discover Antigua & Lake Atitlán - 4 Days

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.

Lake Atitlán
Guatemalan Highlands: Antigua, Lake Atitlán & Tikal - 7 Days

On this weeklong journey through Guatemala, explore major sites in the western highlands and northern rainforests. The trip begins in Antigua with a sightseeing tour followed by a stay on beautiful Lake Atitlán and a visit to an indigenous market dating back thousands of years. Then venture north to discover the ancient Maya city of Iximché and the awe-inspiring pyramid temples at Tikal National Park.

Semuc Champey
Guatemala Adventure: Ram Tzul, Semuc Champey, Candelaría & Laguna Lachúa - 5 Days

Explore Guatemala's great outdoors on this five-day nature adventure. Marvel at the exotic flora and fauna at Ram Tzul, visit a beautiful waterfall, and swim in the turquoise pools of Semuc Champey. Next, explore the caves in the limestone mountains of Candelaría before touring Laguna Lachúa National Park, a unique ecosystem teeming with wildcats and exotic birds.

Semuc Champey
Guatemalan Culture & Outdoors: Tikal, Antigua & More - 10 Days

On this 10-day tour, experience Guatemala's rich culture and great outdoors. It begins in the north, where you'll visit turquoise pools, explore Maya ruins at Tikal, and take a ride down the jade waters of the Rió Dulce. A trip to Lake Atitlán will introduce you to indigenous culture, and it concludes with a visit to the ancient highland market at Chichicastenango, plus some sightseeing in the colonial town of Antigua.

Recent Trip Reviews for Columbus Guatemala Travel

AMAZING EXPERIENCE PROVIDED BY THE STELLAR TEAM
Guatemala | Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2022

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Mili s.
Santa Clara, CA | Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Hello...Let me start off by saying that we had the best time. I was very apprehensive about going to Guatemala and had a bad experience with the transfer I had booked. And so i decided to look for a service that will give me end to end experience and I found Catherina. She was amazing in understanding my requirements as we were a family with 2 young kids. she understood the requirements and also our dietary needs and planned an itinerary that will work perfectly. We went back n forth on the... read more

Hello...Let me start off by saying that we had the best time. I was very apprehensive about going to Guatemala and had a bad experience with the transfer I had booked. And so i decided to look for a service that will give me end to end experience and I found Catherina. She was amazing in understanding my requirements as we were a family with 2 young kids. she understood the requirements and also our dietary needs and planned an itinerary that will work perfectly. We went back n forth on the requirements and once the itinerary was nailed down I booked it. When we landed in hotel, the next day our Guide JJ arrived and picked us at the hotel for the wonderful flower festival. I must say that our trip would not be half as successful if we didnt have JJ as our guide. He was very prompt, always on time, helped interact with kids, made sure we enjoyed the activity we were doing, always gave recommendations that were perfect. Also all our transport were private...be the chicken bus, the boat or the car...all to our ourself :) which made the whole expereince very private and personal. Thank you to Columbus Travel, Catherina and JJ for your awesome service ! Bravo !!!!!

Activity Reviews
Picnic and Hike Active Pacaya Volcano
Guatemala

The hike to Pacaya is a must. The hike is steep , but we all could do the hike. The lunch provided was so yum and added to the whole experience.

Walk Antigua like a Local
Antigua

We had the lovely flower festival on this day and so it added to the whole experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

My dear Mili, thank you so much for your kind words.
We all appreciate you so much, we wish you only the best and hope you can come back soon.
We trully believe in the power of traveling so please keep exploring, discovering, enjoying!
And always remember you will have a family in Guatemala that will always be for you.

This would be a 5 star review except the ques...
Guatemala | Jan 25 - Feb 4, 2020

Cindy
Cindy R.
Willmar, MN | Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

This would be a 5 star review except the questions are about booking experience and I had one glitch when asking to change the excursion one day and continued to get a stock itinerary returned to me. Eventually the itinerary was changed but it made me wonder if Esteban was listening to our request.
The actual trip was excellent and I would give 5 star review to Columbus Luxury Travel for our guides, itinerary, and attention to details of our privately guided tour.
Our flight to Flores ,... read more

This would be a 5 star review except the questions are about booking experience and I had one glitch when asking to change the excursion one day and continued to get a stock itinerary returned to me. Eventually the itinerary was changed but it made me wonder if Esteban was listening to our request.
The actual trip was excellent and I would give 5 star review to Columbus Luxury Travel for our guides, itinerary, and attention to details of our privately guided tour.
Our flight to Flores , our car and local guide there were perfect. He listened to our preferences and chose restaurant and travel times according to our requests. He was knowledgeable about Tikal and the nature life, answering all our questions and had patience with Larry’s attempts to learn the Spanish language.
For the remainder of our trip we can’t say enough about our 5 star guide Juan Jesus or JJ. He made our trip a spectacular memory and we feel we could have a friend for life in Guatemala. We were given a very nice car for our travel on difficult roads and he was an excellent driver. We often felt our lives were in his hands and we were comfortable with his driving. Amazing!
Our accommodations were interesting, varied, and just what we asked for. All the hotel staff were friendly, attentive and made us feel like we should stay longer. Only the Jungle Lodge in Tikal was less attentive with a slow check in and busy staff. The beds were comfortable as we had requested.
Each community we saw was fascinating. JJ was able to give us information about all the different regions, Mayan people, and local traditions and cultures. He was protective, walking with us in Coban at night to find a local restaurant.
We were very sad at the end of our tour when we had to say good bye to JJ.
Columbus Luxury Travel was very responsive when we asked to change our itinerary in the middle of the week after some long days of driving, and were told there would be 5 hrs driving each day for the next 2 days of the proposed itinerary. We changed to an extra night at Lake Atitlan and more boat tours of local villages and a hike in a nature reserve.
CLT also arranged birthday songs and cakes at two different restaurants on Larry’s birthday. They gave us fun memories and we were surprised!
Some of the most memorable experiences were
Driving the rocky mountain roads across Guatemala 🇬🇹,
Seeing the indigenous Mayan people in daily life as we drive through the countryside and villages,
Small restaurant and village interaction with local people like in city of Coban and in villages I do not have names for.
Getting stuck in a rut at the top of a mountain with village locals gathering around to watch us figure out how to get the car out without offering help. 😆
Macadamia tree farm and active volcanos at Antigua.
Touring women’s cooperatives in the villages around Lake Atitlan.
The best experience was visiting a local family home and sharing a meal with Felicia and her family, frying tortillas with them in their open fire grill.

Having a private guide and driver made the tour exactly what we wanted, giving us enough time on our own and lots of individual attention so we could learn about the country.
Our only request would be more detailed information about the tour before we go and so we know better what to expect. This could have been done in a more personalized itinerary and tour map. We continued to receive only a canned general itinerary with minimal details even after we arrived.
We met the staff at Columbus on our last day in Antigua and they were lovely people. I know if we had made arrangements with them in person we wouldn’t have had any problems.
We would recommend CLT and especially JJ to any traveler and hope to see him again.

Local specialist: Esteban Tittaferrante

Exploring Guatemala
Guatemala | Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2019

Maddie
Maddie K.
Venezuela | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

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!

Local specialist: Catherina Tittaferrante
Catherina
Catherina Tittaferrante
Local specialist in Antigua Guatemala | Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

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