Things to Do in Guatemala
Experiences in Guatemala are vast and can encompass a wide range of interests from culture, to history, to adventure, to relaxation. There is so much to do in the country that it is almost hard to narrow down your options.
Explore the famous, ancient Mayan city of Tikal, swim in natural rock pools of Semuc Champey, choose to hike from a number of different volcanoes, marvel at the breath-taking vistas at Lake Atitlan or maybe just stroll the cobblestone streets of Antigua. You could fill several days with activities and experiences in Guatemala and still feel like there is more exploring to do. Whatever it is you choose to include in your itinerary, a more off the beaten path experience should be expected due to the fact that Guatemala is still somewhat of a hidden gem of Central America—another reason to love it!
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
The pretty highland town of Chichicastenango is famed for holding the biggest and best market in Guatemala, where indigenous peoples come from all over the area to sell their wares. Spend a full day exploring the maze of stalls and observing local life.
Fairly Traded Coffee Experience
Learn about the production of coffee in Guatemala, accompanied by a member of the De la Gente (DLG) charity who strive to promote environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala, helping to support smaller independent producers of coffee.
Lake Atitlan Village Tour - Santiago & San Juan La Laguna
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Take a boat across the calm waters of Lake Atitlan to the villages of Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan la Laguna, each with a distinctive character yet both very charming and two of the most fascinating of the surrounding villages.
Tikal Tour with Restaurant Lunch
Experience one of the Maya world's most impressive and evocative temple complexes, Tikal, and feel like a true Indiana Jones. Tikal is arguably the greatest of all Mayan cities. Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour with your very own archaeology guide.
Yaxha & Topoxte Day Tour
This full day tour will take you to explore the wonderful Mayan sites of Topoxte and Yaxha, accompanied by a private guide. As well as the pyramid temples of Yaxha and the island site of Topoxte, there is plenty of wildlife to observe.
Set on one of Antigua's famed cobblestone streets, El Convento is a luxury boutique hotel with an intimate atmosphere and is a haven of peace from which to discover the city’s magnificent heritage. This is the perfect introduction to Guatemala.
Lake Peten Itza, Guatemala
Francis Ford Coppola's secluded jungle retreat, La Lancha, is a charming hideaway located on the unspoiled shores of Lake Peten Itza and the most comfortable base for visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal that rise majestically out of the rainforest.
Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
Previously a private estate but now an exclusive beautifully decorated hotel overlooking the startlingly blue Lake Atitlan and surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes and indigenous villages - one of Central America's most spectacular sights.