Our most recommended things to do in Guatemala
1. Antigua Family Walking Tour
Experience the most rewarding adventure with your family on an exclusive family walking tour. Your family-friendly local professional guide will make sure the kids have just as much fun sightseeing as adults. Enjoy an easy pace and a stroll around the city center, highlighting the famous cultural and architectural sites. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites. Hear stories from the guide, which are guaranteed to provide you with a few giggles, as you wind down the off beaten paths of the city. Discover the legend hidden in The Arch of Santa Catalina of Antigua, and learn what Antigua means and how to pronounce it. The whole family will have fun learning about Antigua’s fascinating and interesting sites.
2. From Antigua: Pacaya Volcano Trek
Walk for 2 hours to the summit of Pacaya Volcano and enjoy stunning views. Leave from Antigua for a 1-hour bus journey to the volcano's base before immediately starting your 2-hour trek with your local guide. Hike through wonderful pine forests up to the trickier volcanic ash section and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. On occasions you can even see small eruptions and lava flowing, depending on the activity of the volcano. From the summit you can enjoy great views of the nearby volcanoes, Agua, Fuego and Acatenango, the pacific lowlands and all the way to El Salvador. To ensure your safety you won’t be able to visit the crater, but you will get an amazing view of red-hot lava flowing and steam baths created by the heat of Pacaya. Take a break and relax here as you take in more scenic views before hiking back to the base of the volcano, from where you will transfer back to your acc...
It was perfect and the tour guide was excellent! He was very patient and shared his knowledge about the volcano throughout the hike. Definitely recommend it!
3. Mayan Ruins of Tikal: Full-Day Tour from Guatemala City
You’ll be picked up from your hotel very early in the morning for the transfer to Guatemala City’s airport. When you arrive at the airport in Flores, Petén, you’ll be driven to Tikal. This is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan World. Tikal means Place of Voices, and dates from the Maya Classic Period. At the Tikal site your guide will show you the layout of the complex of Temples and Acropolis. You’ll visit Complex Q and Complex R, and then see the Central Acropolis, Temple I of the Gran Jaguar and Temple II, known as Los Mascarones, regarded as one of the most important within the complex. A visit to the Lost World, the oldest part of the site, completes the guided portion of the tour. In the early afternoon you’ll return to the Visitor Center for lunch. Afterwards, you’ll have free time in the park until it’s time for the airport t...
Perfectly organized with a very nice, considerate and knowledgeable Guide. Totally recommendable
4. From San Ignacio: Tikal Maya Site Day-Trip with Local Lunch
Start with pickup from San Ignacio at 7:00 AM, and take a 15-minute drive to Guatemalan border. Be assisted at the border by your guide, and continue on the 2-hour long journey to Tikal. Discover the ancient Mayan site of Tikal which is considered to be one of the most spiritual locations on earth. Once at the national park, see the abundance of wildlife surrounding the temples. Discover how the Mayan civilization built inspiring temples and cities that formed a vast complex of religious, social and political power. Enjoy a guided tour of the main sights of the complex, which is estimated to have over 3,000 structures including palaces, temples, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, plazas, causeways, and reservoirs. See several of the main temples including the tallest structure which measures 212 feet. After visiting the main parts of Tikal, enjoy lunch at a local restauran...
Pick up was easy, the tour guides were great, I had a really fun time. Thank you so much!
5. Guatemala Pacaya Volcano Day Tour
Come and see the Pacaya Volcano: the most active volcano in Guatemala at 2,500 meters (more than 8,000 feet). Witness spectacular views of the lagoon of Calderas and three other volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. The surrounding area is an experience unto itself, composed in large part of humid forest and rocks. After a walk through volcanic sand paths, with great views of the volcanoes and unique vegetation, you´ll arrive at the plateau where you can see the main crater of the volcano. Today, you can't visit the crater of the volcano for security reasons, but you will see the lava (if active) and some steam baths created by the heat of the Pacaya Volcano. At the volcano, you'll have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the volcano. After a thrilling day of exploration and dramatic views, you will arrive back at your hotel.
From the moment Davis picked us up, we felt safe and very excited. His English is perfect and he was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the country and the tour. The hike was challenging for us, but not difficult. We are experienced hikers who refused the horses, but I did rent a hiking stick, which I found to be incredibly useful. The tour was worth every penny and I highly recommend it.
6. Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua
Your 10-hour excursion begins with a drive into the western highlands of Guatemala. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. When you arrive at the Chichicastenango market you’ll begin your walking tour. The market is at the center of the town and is the heart of commercial life for maxeños, the natives of Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday merchants head to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and admire the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region. In Chichicastenango, you’ll also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of a pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial archi...
Everything about this tour was great, our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The ride was safe. The only thing to be aware of this does include the lake in the extent of eating at a restaurant overlooking the lake. I went for the market so I didn’t mind but if you want a more immersive lake experience this might not be the tour for you.
7. From Guatemala City: Private Full-Day Antigua Artisans Tour
Your tour begins as a representative picks you up from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala for a 2-hour transfer. On the way, you will pass by small cities, villages, and plantations. You will arrive to the villages surrounding Antigua, where you will begin with a visit to a house/museum of textiles to learn about ancestral traditions. Here you will learn how the hand-made clothing worn by locals hides patterns and colors that only natives can identify, with these patterns telling stories about home cities, families, status, and more. You will also visit other villages to discover local daily lifestyles such as laundry traditions, gastronomy, and history. There will be a break later for lunch, which you will be welcome to purchase on your own from recommended restaurants. Following lunch, your afternoon in Antigua will be spend visiting a jade factory, where you will lea...
8. Santa Cruz La Laguna 6-Hour Adventure Activities Tour
This half-day adventure tour from Santa Cruz La Laguna includes a kayak along the rugged and remote north shore of Lake Atitlan, followed by a hike back through the Mayan villages of San Marcos, Tzununa, and El Jaibalito. At the meeting point, a qualified kayak instructor will supply dry sacks for your backpacks and gear for the 2nd part of the tour. All the guides are experienced kayak teachers, and can show you basic paddling techniques. You will paddle for about 2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz La Laguna, heading past the Mayan settlements of El Jaibalito and Tzununa en route to San Marcos. Encounter Mayan men fishing from hand-hewn boats known as “cayukas,” just as they have done for centuries. Gaze at the rugged rocks that provide home to exotic plant and bird life. You will even have the opportunity to jump into the crystal clear waters from the cliff tops. Pull into the B...
9. From Antigua: 3-Day Cobán & Semuc Champey Tour
Day 1: Guatemala City/ Cobán: Depart from Guatemala City or Antigua to Coban. You may have the chance to see Quetzal. Begin your hike in the forest of El Biotopo del Quetzal. After 2-hours of hiking, a lunch will be served of traditional food (not included). Afterwards, transfer to your selected hotel in Cobán for overnight accommodations. Accommodation: Park Hotel Resort or similar. Day 2: Semuc Champey/ Lankin Caves (B): After breakfast, the adventure will begin by taking a 2-hour journey to Semuc Champey, a monument made by nature. Explore the natural beauty and swim in the pools carved out of limestone. Relax, enjoy and afterwards, have time for lunch. Next, you will get to explore the Lankin Caves. In the afternoon, transfer back to your hotel in Cobán. Accommodation: Park Hotel Resort or similar. Day 3: Rey M...
10. Iximche and Antigua Day Tour
Discover the charms of 3 of the 4 major cities of Guatemala, all in one day. Get to know Iximché (the first capital of Guatemala), Ciudad Vieja and Antigua Guatemala. Today's trip combines Spanish Colonial and Mayan influence, and you'll visit sites that will immerse you in the area’s enthralling history. Learn from watching the indigenous people that still visit Iximché, and if we are very lucky, we will witness a real Mayan ceremony that takes place in Iximché. We will begin the day with a transfer from your hotel in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala, to the archaeological site of Iximché. Upon arrival we will take a guided visit to Iximché: the first capital of Guatemala. We will then transfer to the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, where we will enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the city. Whilst here we will visit some of the most important and significant attractions of the city...
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