Best of Tikal National Park

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Tikal National Park
Surrounded by rainforest, the Tikal National Park preserves one of the great wonders of the ancient Mayan civilization. A once-mighty city flourished in this northern part of Guatemala for over 700 years and supported a population of as many as 90,000 inhabitants at its peak in the eighth century CE. Today, thousands of structures remain, including impressive steep-sided temples that rise high above the jungle.

Tikal is one place where it’s essential to go on a guided tour. Knowledgeable guides help bring the past to life, giving insight into royal families, ancient customs and sacred rites and ceremonies. It’s worth staying overnight in the area to maximize your time in Tikal. You can also arrange a sunrise or sunset tour — when you can see the temples lit with a golden light, and have the best chance of seeing wildlife along the park trails.
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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.

Snorkel at the island reef near Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Culture & Beaches in Guatemala & Belize - 12 Days

This 12-day adventure mixes the highlights of Belize with a sprinkling of fun and culture in neighboring Guatemala. In the former, you'll visit coral islands, swim with manatees, snorkel the famous Blue Hole, and sail the Caribbean, followed by a picnic lunch. In Guatemala, tour the Maya ruins at the legendary Tikal, stroll the colorful streets of historic Antigua, and learn to prepare traditional cuisine in a cooking class.

Take the kids on a zipline adventure through the forest canopy in Guatemala
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Family Adventure in Guatemala: Temples, Pyramids & Wildlife - 7 Days

Discover lost cities, ancient ruins, and the world's most beautiful lake on this week-long, family-friendly tour of Guatemala. Immerse yourselves in culture and adventure as you craft chocolates with the kids in Antigua, then hop over to sparkling Lake Atitlán to tour Maya villages and zipline through the forest canopy. Continue the excitement as you fly north to spot spider monkeys and climb pyramids in the jungles of Tikal National Park.

See the Maya ruins of Tikal
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Introduction to Guatemala: Antigua, Lake Atitlán & Tikal National Park - 11 Days

See the best of Guatemala over 11 action-packed days. It begins in the southern highlands, where you'll visit Spanish colonial landmarks in historic Antigua, hike up the active volcano of Pacaya, and ride bikes to coffee plantations. After spending time at the almost mythic Lake Atitlán, you'll fly to the northern jungles and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Maya on tours of the Tikal and Yaxhá ruins.

See Agua volcano looming behind iconic Santa Catalina Arch, a landmark in Spanish colonial Antigua & UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Highlights of Guatemala & Belize: Ruins, Reefs, Volcanoes & Lakes - 13 Days

Explore the highlights of Guatemala and Belize on this action-packed 13-day tour. Start in Guatemala, where you'll explore Spanish-colonial Antigua and lively Guatemala City, hike to the blazing peak of Pacaya volcano, and sail across Lake Atitlán to waterfront villages. Wander the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal National Park before crossing the border to Belize, where white-sand islands and diving adventures on thriving barrier reefs await.

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.

See the best of Guatemala and Belize in just over two weeks on this comprehensive tour
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Best of Guatemala & Belize - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure will take you to the most impressive, historic, and awe-inspiring sites in Guatemala and Belize. Start by exploring the historic centers of Guatemala City and Antigua before heading north to hike up the famous Maya pyramids at Tikal. Then hop the border for cultural tours in Belize and continue to Ambergris Caye, where you'll have time to relax, snorkel, and dive to your heart's content.

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 historic 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.

Capture memories with a family portrait in the Guatemalan jungle
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Adventurous Family Trip to Guatemala & Belize - 14 Days

Perfect for active families and older children, this two-week Guatemalan adventure begins on Lake Atitlán's glittering shores. Zipline through forest canopies before taking a rugged 4WD tour of the immense Acatenango volcano and joining a tasty chocolate workshop in Antigua. Explore the ancient ruins of Tikal National Park in the company of howler monkeys, hop over the border to snorkel Belize's stunning Barrier Reef, and end your epic trip relaxing with the kids on the pristine, palm-lined sands of Placencia.

The pyramids of Tikal peeking out of the rainforest
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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.

Journey through Guatemala and Belize to reach the Caribbean coast
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Journey Through Guatemala & Belize - 12 Days

Over 12 event-filled days, you'll experience the best of Guatemala and Belize on foot, by car, bicycle, boat, and even horseback. Your adventure begins in Guatemala with hikes up volcanoes, tours of Spanish colonial cities, and excursions on Lake Atitlán. After exploring ancient Maya ruins on horseback, you'll transfer to the islands of Belize, where Caribbean excursions like snorkeling the Barrier Reef await.

Wrap up your trip snorkeling off Caye Caulker
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Guatemala & Northern Belize Adventure - 9 Days

Experience the best of Guatemala and its Caribbean neighbor Belize on this action-packed nine-day adventure. You'll arrive in Guatemala City and, from there, embark on lake tours, volcano hikes, and visits to ancient Maya ruins. Then you'll hop over the border to the Belize highlands, your base for excursions to Caribbean isles and even more historic ruins.

Sail across sparkling Lake Atitlán
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Explore Belize & Guatemala: Beaches, Maya Ruins, Caves & Lakes - 14 Days

Discover the best of Belize and Guatemala on this extensive two-week tour. Begin in Belize, where you'll explore ancient Maya ruins and sprawling sacrificial cave systems. In Guatemala, you'll soak up the local culture with a traditional cooking class and a trip to Lake Atitlán's villages and Chichicastenango Market. End with a beach escape to the white sands of Caye Caulker and Caye Ambergris for snorkeling adventures on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Experience authentic Guatemalan cuisine
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Culture, Adventure & Cuisine in Guatemala - 11 Days

Get to the heart of Guatemala's culture by touring ancient ruins, exploring the great outdoors, and indulging in street food. The experience kicks off with a traditional cooking class in Spanish-colonial Antigua, followed by a ride in the famous "chicken buses." From there, you'll tour lakes and villages, visit cloud forest reserves, bathe in waterfalls, and explore the grandest Maya archeological site in the nation: Tikal.

Belize
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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.

Pick up an authentic souvenir at colorful Chichicastenango market
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Guatemala Culture & Cuisine Tour - 12 Days

Learn about Guatemala's history and culture during 12 days of visits to the most incredible places in the country. Walk the historic streets of Guatemala City and Antigua, visit Indigenous markets, and take boat rides on famous lakes and rivers. Beyond that, you'll tour ancient ruins at Tikal and Iximché, hike up volcanoes, and more.

Relax on Lake Atitlán and relish the surrounding views of three impressive volcanoes
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Guatemala's Volcanoes, Lakes & Jungles - 12 Days

Experience the best of Guatemala with this 12-day adventure from the southern volcanoes to the northern jungles. Start on the colorful streets of Spanish colonial Antigua, followed by a hike up Pacaya volcano, excursions on Lake Atitlán, and visits to Indigenous markets. Then fly north to tour the Maya ruins at Tikal before finishing the trip with riverboat rides and soaks in natural hot springs.

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.

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

This two-week Guatemalan adventure kicks off with walking tours of colonial Antigua followed by a vertical excursion up the slopes of the 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 the many volcanoes, like Fuego, as you explore Guatemala
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Wildlife, Jungle & Maya Ruins in Guatemala & Belize - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure takes you to two countries offering some of the most incredible nature, culture, and activities in Central America. In Belize, hit the Caribbean and snorkel along its famous Barrier Reef, followed by cave tubing in the jungle. Then hop over to Guatemala to explore ancient Maya ruins and hidden waterfalls, go paragliding and horseback riding, and camp out near the top of an active volcano.

Views from the Indian Nose viewpoint
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Guatemala's Maya Culture & Volcanoes - 7 Days

Smoldering volcanoes, lava fields, crater lakes, and wildlife-rich rainforest—Guatemala often feels like a land before time. On this week-long itinerary, you'll experience the Central American country's highlights on guided tours, from Lake Atitlán to Volcán Pacaya. Every step of the way, you'll be immersed in Maya culture, both from the past (like at the spectacular Tikal ruins) and present (by learning to cook, Maya-style, and joining a shamanic ritual).

Explore Guatemala's Tikal National Park to admire the ancient works of the Maya
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Nature & Culture in Guatemala: Lanquín to Tikal National Park - 7 Days

On this seven-day journey, you'll immerse yourself in Guatemala's cultural and natural wonders. Start in Lanquín, where you'll keep an eye out for colorful birds at the Biotopo del Quetzal. Explore Semuc Champey and go tubing on the Río Cahabón, then head to Candelaria Caves and tour the stunning scenery around the Río Dulce. Visit Livingston, known for its distinctive Garifuna culture, and explore the colonial town of Flores. Finish your trip at the Maya ruins in Yaxhá and Tikal National Parks.

Hike around Guatemala's terraced river pools (and go for a swim)
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Guatemala & Belize: Culture, Nature & the Caribbean Sea - 14 Days

This epic two-week adventure combines a number of guided excursions in Central America. Kick-off in Guatemala City, where you'll walk amid Spanish colonial history. From here, venture into the gorgeous countryside for swimming, hiking, and tubing in nature reserves, caves, and waterfalls. Next, tour the ancient pyramids at Tikal National Park and then cross the border into Belize for horseback riding, more Maya ruins, and plenty of time to snorkel in the Belize Barrier Reef.

Discover jungle kingdoms and rare wildlife in northern Guatemala
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Guatemala for Young Explorers: Temples, Jungles & Caves - 7 Days

Unleash your inner explorer on this week-long family trip that draws you and the kids into the heart of Guatemala's ancient history and natural wonders. Against a backdrop of Maya ruins, stunning scenery, and exotic wildlife, you'll venture into the jungles of the north, uncover mighty temples, and glide through underground rivers and caves by inner tube.

Spend three nights (and three sunsets) at a waterfront hotel in 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 Río Dulce and swim at a hidden waterfall to finish the trip.

Visit a women's weaving co-op on a village tour of Lake Atitlán
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Food, Culture & Nature in Guatemala: Antigua, Lake Atitlán & Tikal National Park - 13 Days

Taste Guatemalan specialties, learn about Maya history, and get outdoors on this 13-day adventure, starting with a street food tour of Antigua and a nature hike and weaving workshop. Tour a coffee farm, hike up Pacaya and camp overnight on the active volcano, and learn how chocolate is made. Transfer to Lake Atitlán for kayaking, paragliding, and bustling outdoor market visits, finishing your trip in Tikal National Park, where you'll go bird-watching and ziplining and explore the Maya ruins.

A volcano sunrise in Guatemala
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Essential Guatemala: Volcanoes, Ruins & Waterfalls - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure will take you from Guatemala's southern and central highlands to the northern rainforests and the Caribbean coast. In the south, you'll walk the cobbled streets of Antigua, camp out on volcanoes, and take a boat tour of Lake Atitlán. After touring ancient Maya ruins at Tikal and Yaxhá, you'll ride the famous Río Dulce to the coast before finishing the trip in historic Guatemala City.

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.

Spend three nights at Lake Atitlán, surrounded by three volcanoes
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Guatemala Honeymoon Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day Guatemala itinerary is perfect for newlyweds looking for a blend of relaxed romance and scenic adventures in Central America. Begin with a few days of exploration in colonial Antigua before heading to see active volcanoes, pristine lakes, and ancient Maya ruins. Along the way, you'll partake in fun guided excursions like cooking, chocolate-making, and cliff-jumping—with plenty of free time to enjoy sunsets and waterfalls on your own.

Discover iconic Lake Atitlán as you ride horseback along its shores
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Guatemala Nature & Culture Tour - 15 Days

Experience Guatemala's natural and cultural treasures on this 15-day tour. As you traverse the country, you'll soak up history in the colorful streets of colonial Antigua, visit ancient Maya ruins, and relax in jungle spas. Adventures include a challenging overnight trek to the top of Acatenango volcano, a boat trip down the tranquil Río Dulce, and horseback riding on the shores of sparkling Lake Atitlán.

 Semuc Champey in Guatemala
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Central & Northeast Guatemala - 8 Days

Venture deep into the jungles of central and northern Guatemala, where mysterious caves, romantic waterfalls, and ancient ruins await. After a tour of Guatemala City, you'll fly north to Tikal, the ruins of an ancient Maya city and one of the most incredible archeological sites in the world. Finish the trip with visits to remote forests home to terraced waterfalls and caverns, then browse a traditional Indigenous market.

Admire Guatemala's steaming Fuego volcano
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Guatemala Adventure Highlights - 9 Days

This nine-day journey through Guatemala is heavy on action and adventure. Experience the country's great outdoors on a trip to the southern highlands for volcano hikes, zipline rides, tours of coffee plantations, and lake excursions. As if that's not enough, you'll venture into the jungles of northern Guatemala to walk amid the ruins of Tikal, one of the most formidable cities of the ancient Maya kingdom.

Lake Atitlán is surrounded by three 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.

Hop over to Honduras for the Caribbean island beaches of Roatán
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Best of Guatemala & Honduras - 11 Days

Embark on the ultimate Central America getaway for 11 days of adventures on land and sea. It starts with an exploration of Guatemala's highlights, as you tour historic cities, visit famous lakes, hike volcanoes, and discover the ancient Maya ruins at Tikal. Jet off to Honduras for snorkeling and beach time on the Caribbean island of Roatán, then return to Guatemala for more cultural activities before heading home.

Marvel at the Great Jaguar temple in Guatemala's Tikal National Park
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Culture, Nature & Exploration in Guatemala - 9 Days

Discover Guatemala's culture and heritage over nine event-filled days that showcase the highlights of this beautiful country. You'll do it all, from taking traditional cooking classes to hiking volcanoes to exploring the jungles of the central highlands. In the midst of this fun will be tours of colonial cities, nature hikes to waterfalls, and a visit to Tikal National Park, home to some of the most impressive Maya ruins in the world.

Discover Middle-earth in Guatemala at Hobbitenango
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Highlights of Guatemala & Belize: Adventure & Culture - 15 Days

Combine the best of Guatemala with the most exciting adventures in Belize on this unforgettable 15-day escape. In Guatemala, you'll mix tours of historic cities with excursions to lakes, mountain retreats, and hikes up volcanoes. After visiting ancient Maya ruins, you'll cross the border into Belize for rides down jungle rivers, snorkeling in pristine marine reserves, and relaxing on white-sand beaches.

A road to the village of San Juan Laguna on Lake Atitlán
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Incredible Guatemala: Antigua, Tikal, Cobán & Huehuetenango - 10 Days

Discover Guatemala, the last stronghold of the Maya civilization, on this culture-forward trip starting and ending in colonial Antigua. Explore Tikal National Park, go on a tubing adventure through river caves, and swim in the terraced lagoons of Semuc Champey. Then enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery in Guatemala's western highlands and visit Indigenous villages along the shores of Lake Atitlán.

See the turquoise, terraced pools of Semuc Champey in northeastern Guatemala
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Guatemalan Culture & Outdoors: Tikal, Antigua & More - 10 Days

Experience Guatemala's rich culture and great outdoors on this 10-day tour. Touch down in the north, where you'll visit turquoise pools and eerie caves, explore Tikal's ancient Maya ruins, and sail the jade waters of the Rió Dulce. Next, continue to sparkling Lake Atitlán, where you'll visit its traditional villages and browse the nearby highland market of Chichicastenango. Your adventure ends in UNESCO-listed Antigua for a walking tour of its colorful colonial landmarks.

Delight the senses as you peruse the many wares, like fresh fruit, at an Antigua market
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Best of Guatemala: Antigua to Flores - 10 Days

See Guatemala's main highlights in 10 days, beginning in the historic city of Antigua, where you'll enjoy a walking tour and cooking class. Next, visit the Iximché Maya ruins and Chichicastenango Market, followed by a day of relaxation by Lake Atitlán, where you can go kayaking and hiking. Go on a nature hike at the Biotopo del Quetzal, see beautiful Semuc Champey, and explore the Candelaria Caves, ending your trip with Tikal National Park and the Yaxhá Maya ruins.

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

Delve into the endless natural beauty and rich cultures of Guatemala and Honduras on this two-week getaway. Discover Maya ruins, towering volcanoes, and historic cities on outdoor adventures and cultural tours. You'll stroll the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua, kayak on stunning Lake Atitlán, browse the artisan markets in Indigenous towns, and hike up the ancient pyramids at Tikal and Copán.

Sunrise over Tikal National Park
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Best of Guatemala - 11 Days

Discover the best of Guatemala over 11 action-packed days during which you'll climb volcanoes, visit Maya villages, and soak in natural hot springs. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you explore the colonial city of Antigua, enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Atitlán, and tour the ancient pyramids at Tikal. For an added treat, take a ride up the Río Dulce for an afternoon on the Caribbean coast.

Head to the Río Dulce for a boating excursion and swim beneath waterfalls
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Essential Guatemala: Volcanoes, Ruins & Waterfalls - 11 Days

This unforgettable adventure introduces you to the wonders of Guatemala in 11 days. Start with a whirlwind tour of the southern highlands as you walk the cobbled streets of Spanish colonial Antigua, hike Pacaya volcano, and kayak on Lake Atitlán. Then you'll head north for a visit to the legendary Maya ruins at Tikal before winding down with day trips to hot spring waterfalls and a leisurely ride down the Río Dulce.

Views across Lake Atitlán
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Guatemalan Adventure: Antigua, Atitlán, Tikal & Río Dulce - 11 Days

Travel to the far corners of Guatemala in search of fun, culture, history, and beauty. Set off from the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua to embark on countryside bike tours and volcano hikes. After enjoying activities at the stunning Lake Atitlán, you'll travel north to visit Tikal and other ancient Maya ruins before finishing the trip cruising the emerald waters of the Río Dulce and soaking in natural hot springs.

Enjoy an overnight after a day of exploring Copán's Maya ruins
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Guatemala Panorama: Culture, Adventure & Cuisine - 13 Days

Uncover Guatemala's highlights with a side trip to the Copán Ruins in Honduras on this 13-day tour. Travel in a loop from Guatemala City, traversing the country's vibrant cities, highlands, and temple-filled jungles. Along the way, you'll hike to the top of Pacaya volcano, kayak on Lake Atitlán, and zipline in Tikal National Park. Cultural experiences abound, from Guatemalan cooking classes and carpet-making workshops to traditional Maya saunas and sacred shaman rituals.

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 on this two-week culture and nature adventure. You'll explore ancient Maya ruins at Tikal, go tubing through river caves, and visit Indigenous communities in the western highlands. Finish the journey in Roatán, a Caribbean island fringed with coral reefs perfect for snorkeling.

Enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Maya ruins of Tikal National Park
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Best of Guatemala: Volcanoes, Maya Ruins, Hot Springs & Waterfalls - 13 Days

Guatemala is Central America's most diverse country, with rainforests, volcanoes, mountains, coffee fields, and beaches. This 13-day guided tour lays out some of its most captivating natural and cultural highlights, with plenty of time to absorb the big-hitter destinations before you move on. Take a boat ride and kayak on Lake Atitlán, relax at waterfalls and hot springs around the Río Dulce, and venture among Maya ruins in Tikal National Park.

Sunset over the Río Dulce
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Guatemala & Beyond: Ruins to Reefs & Cobblestone Streets - 15 Days

This 15-day adventure through Guatemala will take you to its most heralded wonders, both man-made and natural. It begins deep within coffee country as you visit nature reserves, waterfalls, and Maya ruins, then continues to the colonial towns and volcanoes around sacred Lake Atitlán. As an added bonus, you'll hop the border into Belize to visit coral islands and snorkel along one of the world's largest barrier reefs.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
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Guatemala Landscapes & Culture - 15 Days

Discover Guatemala's diverse landscapes and culture on this comprehensive 15-day tour. The journey will take you from historic cities like Antigua to the forested Maya ruins of Tikal and soft-sand beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. You'll sail down the Río Dulce, hike to the fiery peak of the Pacaya volcano, and kayak across Lake Atitlán. Along the way, delve into Guatemalan culture with cooking classes, food tours, market visits, and handicraft workshops.

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.

See the volcanoes surrounding Lake Atitlán, like Tolimán and San Pedro
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Highlights of Guatemala: Natural Wonders & Maya Ruins - 11 Days

The highlights of Guatemala are many, and you'll experience most of them over 11 unforgettable days with this active itinerary. Start on the cobbled streets of Antigua, where you'll visit colonial landmarks, ride bikes around the southern highlands, and hike the active Volcán Pacaya. Then you'll fly north to explore ancient Maya ruins, including the legendary Tikal, before finishing the trip with a ride down the jade waters of the Río Dulce.

Aspiring adventurers will summit the Payaca volcano on this two-week trip
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Active Family Adventure in Guatemala: Hiking, Camping & Culture - 14 Days

Tailormade for active families and older children, this two-week Guatemalan adventure starts in the historic city of Antigua. Learn to cook Maya cuisine, hike the Pacaya volcano to roast marshmallows on petrified lava, and take an overnight camping trip to the summit of Acatenango. Then it's off to Lake Atitlán for kayaking, village hikes, and ziplining. Fly north to end the trip discovering the ruins of Tikal National Park, spelunking through Actun Kan Caves, and cruising around Flores Island.

Other popular travel destinations in Guatemala
Antigua · Lake Atitlán · Guatemala City · Flores · Río Dulce · Acatenango Volcano