Explore Guatemala’s destinations organized by department. Each of Guatemala’s departments is unique and has its own charm. Find your next trip, whether that’s swimming in a tiny lagoon in the center of a national park in Alta Verapaz or riding motorcycles around Guatemala’s most famous caldera lake in Sololá.
Laguna Lachuá is a gorgeous little lagoon in the center of a national park in Guatemala. If you love trips off-the-beaten track and jungle adventures, this will be the perfect destination for you!
Have a look below for some quick information on what each tour company includes, their price tags, and a handful of reviews for each one so you can make the most informed choice.
Acatenango is a stratovolcano whose moon-like crater rises to 13,045-feet above sea level, making it the third highest peak in Central America. Getting to the top is a physical and mental challenge worth tackling, especially if you like to push yourself to the limits of endurance, experience nature in its raw glory, and climb higher than the clouds.
Escuintla Guatemala’s black sand beaches can be places of deep chill, with hammocks and books and icy beverages, or they can be a plunging-into-waves, the power of the ocean roaring over your body, skin and hair and heart tingling with adrenaline. They can be laughter and games of tag and catching crabs, or sunset walks through salty foam.
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There’s always something new to see and do in Zone 1. It’s a fabulous spot to people watch, delve into history, meander through the scenic park, and learn something new about Guatemala’s past.
The Hoyo del Cimarrón is the deepest sinkhole in Guatemala. It’s one of those natural phenomenons that photographs can’t capture. It’s simply too massive. The experience of lying on your belly on the edge of an abyss is too profound. Wind roars along the lip of the precipice, and the bottom is so far down that the trees at the base look like heads of broccoli. It is terrifying and spectacular, a dry well made for a giant. Awe draws you near, self-preservation holds you back.
Laguna Brava contains approximately 79-thousand gallons of sparkling turquoise water, is surrounded by tree-clad mountains, a gushing waterfall, and three beautiful water-filled sinkholes, or cenotes.
It’s nature showing off.
Ready for an adventure? If so, visit the Cenotes de Candelaria. You won’t want to miss this awesome place! The Cenotes de Candelaria are two limestone sinkholes northwest of the town of Nentón, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. What is a “Cenote”? Much…
Pirates, cannons, an ancient prison, and battlements dating back to the 1600s–sound like fun? If this snags your interest, put Castillo de San Felipe de Lara on your Guatemala bucket list.
If you’re looking for something unusual to do in Izabal, check out Vivero Frutas del Mundo! This exotic fruit farm and nursery is a great place to stop. The nursery offers a variety of tours, farm-to-table dining, taste-testing, and more. Eat fruits you’ve never tried in your life, nibble on chocolate made from different varieties of theobroma (such as pataxte and cupuacu), and learn how the farm integrates fish ponds, livestock, forests, nuts, fibers, and food crops into their agricultural philosophy.
This thermal waterfall has all the elements of a nature spa, hot and cold water treatments, beautiful trees, mineral-rich water, and more
Near the edge of Lake Izabal rise the jungly peaks of the Sierra de Santa Cruz. Between these steep slopes courses a powerful river. It froths over boulders, swirls in forceful currents, and slices a path between mountains that rises over 700 feet on either side. This is El Boquerón, a narrow limestone gorge, magical in its beauty, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, tubing, and canoeing to add to the attraction.
Step into ancient ruins, wander cobblestone streets, drink coffee in tranquil courtyards and delight your palate with the scents and flavors of Mesoamerica. Welcome to Antigua Guatemala, the former capital of colonial-era Guatemala. The city is a mixture of old convents and ruins (battered by earthquakes and centuries), garden cafés, artisan markets, restaurants, hostels, and upscale hotels. It is touristy, charming, and beautiful. I love revisiting old favorite places as well as discovering new ones to add to my “next time I’m in Antigua” bucket list. Whether you’ve never been to this gorgeous colonial town, or are looking for a few new spots to check out, this list should help! Here are 25 fantastic things to do in Antigua Guatemala.
Nestled into the steep ravines and cliffs of the Lake Atitlán watershed is an awesome eco-park. Get your adrenaline pumping on the highest zipline in Guatemala (and one of the longest), enjoy amazing views of Lake Atitlán, and have a Guatemalan-style grill-out. Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo is a fabulous place to spend a day with friends or family. Plus, it’s quite economical.
My experience taking a Ride Atitlán motorcycle tour in the spectacular highlands of Guatemala–awesome views, eating dust, and cool people.
Lake Atitlán is a gorgeous caldera lake nestled between volcanoes in the department of Sololá, Guatemala. It sits at 5,000 feet above sea level, is ringed by sections of sandy beach, cliffs, and tree-clad slopes, and is warmed by hot springs.