Best of Antigua

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Antigua
Once the capital of Guatemala, the city of Antigua wears its history with pride. The cobblestone streets are lined with pastel-hued facades and centuries-old baroque churches, which look all the more impressive against the backdrop of looming volcanoes. Colonial architecture is only one aspect of this longtime Unesco World Heritage site. Antigua is also Guatemala’s culinary capital, with eclectic restaurants serving up dishes from across Latin America and beyond. Vibrant craft markets, art galleries and plenty of nightlife (fueled in part by Antigua’s microbrewing scene) ensure you’ll want to leave plenty of time to explore this Central American gem. 

You can delve deeper into the city’s history and culture on a guided walking tour through Antigua’s atmospheric lanes followed by a cooking class that showcases indigenous and Spanish flavors. Beyond the old center, you can visit a local coffee farm, ascend to the top of various volcanoes or go mountain biking amid spectacular scenery on a 6200-foot descent. You can even stay overnight high above the city at the Earth Lodge, Guatemala’s most stunning eco-friendly accommodation.
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Santa Catalina Arch in Antigua
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Highlights of Guatemala - 5 Days

This five-day Guatemala adventure begins with a walking tour and traditional cooking class in the colonial city of Antigua. Then conquer the summit of Pacaya Volcano as you hike along its dried lava fields and dense forests. End the trip on the tranquil shores of Lake Atitlán with visits to humble indigenous villages before venturing into the highlands to discover the ruins of an ancient Maya kingdom at Iximché.

View of Acatenango Volcano, Guatemala
Outdoor Sports in Guatemala - 5 Days

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.

Volcán de Fuego's  dramatic eruptions.
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Antigua & Acatenango Adventure - 5 Days

This quick yet action-packed itinerary includes the best adventures in Guatemala's western highlands. Stroll through the well-preserved colonial town of Antigua, bike along epic downhill runs on mountain trails, and camp in front of an active volcano. You'll return from this escape inspired by the rugged beauty of the land and the warmth and welcoming spirit of its people.

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.

Antigua's Santa Catalina Arch
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Highlights of Guatemala - 10 Days

Experience the rich culture and natural beauty of Guatemala on this 10-day, action-packed itinerary. Stroll the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua, tour Lake Atitlán by boat, and hike around indigenous villages and towering volcanoes. Finally, experience living history as you explore ancient Maya ruins at Iximché and Tikal.

Lake Atitlán
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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.

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.

Sunset at Monterrico
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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.

Volcano views from the streets of Antigua
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Best of Guatemala: Antigua, Lake Atitlán & Tikal - 8 Days

This eight-day trip packs in some of Guatemala's greatest hits, from touring Maya ruins to climbing an active volcano. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you explore the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, scale the lava fields of Pacaya, experience the magic of Lake Atitlán, and venture deep into the rainforest to discover the ancient pyramids of Tikal.

Streets of Caye Caulker Village, Belize
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Cultural Highlights of Belize & Guatemala - 7 Days

Discover the culture and ancient Maya history of Belize and Guatemala while also packing in the fun. It kicks off on Belize's stunning coral island Caye Caulker, where you'll go snorkeling in crystalline waters and swim with sharks. Head inland to explore the ancient Maya ruins of Xunantunich on horseback, then cross into Guatemala to visit the pyramid temples at Tikal National Park. End with a tour of the historic colonial city of Antigua and visits to indigenous villages on the shores of Lake Atitlán.

Lake Atitlán surrounded by 3 volcanoes
Guatemala Honeymoon Adventure - 15 Days

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.

Lake Atitlan surrounded by 3 volcanoes
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Guatemala Honeymoon Adventure - 16 Days

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.

Romantic sunset over Lake Atitlán
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Honeymoon in Guatemala: Antigua, Atitlán, Tikal & Río Dulce - 14 Days

Combine romance and adventure on a 14-day Guatemalan honeymoon you'll never forget. Stroll the fairy-tale streets of colonial Antigua, climb the fiery Pacaya Volcano, embark on boat tours around magical Lake Atitlán, and visit ancient pyramid temples at Tikal. For an added spark of intimacy, travel down the jade waters of the Río Dulce and treat yourself to relaxing spa treatments and dips in natural hot springs.

Embark on a memorable 10-day Guatemala cycling adventure
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Best of Guatemala by Mountain Bike - 10 Days

This action-packed two-week adventure takes you mountain biking through the breathtaking highlands of Guatemala. 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. Each day's ride offers a unique challenge as you discover the country's towering volcanoes, mountain pine forests, and rich local culture.

Sunrise over Tikal National Park
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Best of Guatemala - 11 Days

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.

The natural pools in Semuc Champey
Best of Guatemala by Mountain Bike - 16 Days

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.

Belize
Map of Guatemala & Belize: Ruins, Reefs & Historic Streets - 14 Days
Guatemala & Belize: Ruins, Reefs & Historic Streets - 14 Days

This unforgettable two-week itinerary is the perfect mix of active adventures and cultural excursions around Belize and Guatemala. Spend time in colonial Antigua, hike an active volcano, rub elbows with the K'iche' Maya people, and visit indigenous communities around stunning Lake Atitlán. Then go north to the ancient Maya archeological site at Tikal before heading to the Caribbean to camp on coral islands and snorkel around Belize's 180-mile (290-km) Barrier Reef.

Bike past spectacular Guatemalan scenery
Best of Guatemala by Mountain Bike - 15 Days

This exhilarating, 15-day mountain biking adventure introduces you to some of Guatemala's most rugged and rewarding scenery. Setting out from Antigua, you'll explore little-known local routes as you cycle west to Lake Atitlán and onwards to the Cuchumatanes Mountains. Follow switchback trails, steep climbs, and dramatic descents as you make your way through a landscape of towering volcanoes and lush river valleys.

Lake Atitlán
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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.

Hoyo el Cimarrón in Guatemala's Western Highlands
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Incredible Guatemala: Antigua, Tikal, Cobán, & Huehuetenango - 10 Days

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.

Take in a sunrise from Rupalaj K’istalin over Lake Atitlán, volcanoes, and Maya villages
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Guatemala: Summit to Shoreline - 7 Days

Combining adventure and nature with leisure and culture, this one-week trip covers Guatemala's highlights, from the western highlands to the Pacific Coast. Discover historic Antigua on a walking tour and head high into the mountains to visit an authentic Maya craft market. Explore the indigenous communities and hike the mountains around Lake Atitlán before ending your adventure with a relaxing two days on the black-sand beach of Monterrico.

Sunset over volcanoes and valleys in the highlands of Guatemala
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Guatemala 7 Volcanoes Trek - 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.

Fuego & Acatenango
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Guatemalan Volcano Trek: Pacaya, Fuego, Zunil, Tajumulco, & More - 16 Days

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 Maya ruins of Belize's Cahal Pech
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Maya History in Caribbean Guatemala & Belize - 14 Days

Spend 14 days exploring Maya history in Guatemala and Belize, beginning the adventure in Antigua, a former colonial capital surrounded by mighty volcanoes. Then, head to the Caribbean to learn about Afro-Guatemalan culture before visiting Tikal, an important Maya city. Move onto neighboring Belize, where you'll spend days snorkeling around the Belize Barrier Reef and enjoying the Caribbean Sea.

Embark on a memorable two-weeks of mountain biking in Guatemala.
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Best of Guatemala by Mountain Bike - 14 Days

This action-packed 14-day trip is a two-wheeled adventure through the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in Guatemala's highlands. It begins in colonial Antigua, where you'll set off on volcano slopes before heading west to Lake Atitlán and onward to the Cuchumatanes Mountains. Each day's ride offers a unique challenge as you navigate towering volcanoes, mountain ridges, lush cloud forests, and more.

Looking out over Guatemala's "Ring of Fire" volcanoes.
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Guatemala Volcano Trek Adventure - 14 Days

Conquer seven summits on this 14-day trekking tour of Guatemala's Ring of Fire volcano zone. Setting out from the charming colonial city of Antigua, you'll scale some of the highest peaks in Central America and camp on volcanic slopes. Spend your downtime soaking in hot springs, visiting Maya ruins, and relaxing on the peaceful shores of Lake Atitlán.

View of the volcano from Antigua, Guatemala
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Best of Guatemala & Copán - 13 Days

Delve into the incredible natural beauty and diverse cultures of Guatemala and Honduras on this two-week trip. Discover Maya 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 Maya towns.

Looking out to Guatemala's "Ring of Fire" volcanoes
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Guatemala Volcano Trekking Adventure - 15 Days

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.

Guatemala's "Ring of Fire" Volcanoes
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Culture & Hiking in Guatemala - 7 Days

This active adventure will take you on hikes around three different volcanoes in Guatemala's western highlands. Become one with nature as you traverse dried lava fields, enjoy picnic lunches atop volcano summits, and camp under the stars. When not ascending mountains, you'll embark on walking tours of historic Antigua and boat rides on the shimmering waters of Lake Atitlán.

Semuc Champey
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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.

Volcanoes Surrounding Lake Atitlán
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Nature, Culture & History in Guatemala - 14 Days

This 2-week Guatemalan adventure kicks off with walking tours of colonial Antigua followed by a vertical excursion up the slopes of Pacaya Volcano. After a kayak ride around Lake Atitlán, you'll head north to explore the ancient Maya ruins at Tikal, then travel down the jade waters of the Río Dulce. More culture awaits as you visit open-air markets and indigenous villages, and even take a traditional Guatemalan cooking class.

Discover Huehuetenago in Guatemala's Western Highlands
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Best of Guatemala & Roatán - 14 Days

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.

Tikal National Park
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Maya Journey in Guatemala: Tikal, Río Dulce, & Quirigua Ruins - 5 Days

Embark on a five-day, Mayan-themed expedition through Guatemala. Begin in the northern jungles where you'll spend time with monkeys and tropical birds before visiting the ruins at Tikal National Park. Then take boat tour down the Río Dulce and enjoy more birding. Cap the adventure with an exploration of the Quirigua Ruins and its famous sandstone monuments before traveling back to Guatemala City.

Other popular travel destinations in Guatemala
Lake Atitlan · Guatemala City · Tikal National Park · Rio Dulce · Flores · Acatenango Volcano