Best of Guatemala City

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Guatemala City
The nation’s capital and biggest metropolis is a dynamic medley of people-packed streets, looming skyscrapers and frenetic street markets. “Guate,” as it’s known locally, has an energy unmatched elsewhere in Guatemala, along with some of the nation’s best museums, restaurants and nightlife. 

Customized tours take you to the city’s most important historical attractions. At the Palacio Nacional, the former seat of presidential power, you can see a melange of architectural styles and learn about the dark secrets of the building (which was constructed by prison laborers during the dictatorial reign of General Jorge Ubico). In the south part of town, you can immerse yourself in the Mayan world at the National Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, home to Guatemala’s biggest collection of ancient artifacts. It also gives a fascinating insight into the clothing, languages, masks and dances of Guatemala's indigenous inhabitants.
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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.

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

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.

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

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
Map of Winter in Guatemala: Maya Ruins, Volcanoes & Beaches  - 6 Days
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.

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

Volcanoes Surrounding Lake Atitlán
Map of Nature, Culture & History in Guatemala - 14 Days
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
Map of Best of Guatemala & Roatán - 14 Days
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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Semuc Champey
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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.

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

Lake Atitlán
Map of Discover Antigua & Lake Atitlán - 4 Days
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.

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

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