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.

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Alta Verapaz
Chimaltenango
Escuintla
Guatemala
Huehuetenango
Izabal
Sacatepéquez
Sololá

Alta Verapaz

Laguna Lachuá gazebo and swimming area

Laguna Lachuá – Guatemala’s Hidden Gem

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!

Chimaltenango

Frost at Dawn on Pico Mayor

7 Best Acatenango Hike Tour Companies 2022

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.

Cumbre Acatenango Volcano

Acatenango Volcano Hike – An Experience of a Lifetime

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

Leaping into the air at El Paredón

Best of Escuintla Guatemala’s Black Sand Beaches

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.

Departamento de Guatemala

Things to do in Zone 1 Guatemala City

7 Best Things to do in Zone 1 Guatemala City

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.

Huehuetenango

Hoyo de Cimarrón

Hoyo del Cimarron – Crazy Deep!

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 Huehuetenango

Laguna Brava Huehuetenango – Visitor’s Guide

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.

Cenote de Candelaria 1 - Panorama

Visit The Incredible Cenotes de Candelaria

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…

Izabal

Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

Visit Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

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.

Family friends and our muddy cars at Frutas del Mundo

Vivero Frutas del Mundo Izabal – Exotic Fruit Nursery

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.

Reserva Natural Cañon Seacacar - just before the spot where we start tubing down El Boquerón

Escapades at El Boquerón Izabal & Cañon Seacacar

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.

Sacatepéquez

things to do in Antigua Guatemala

29 Fantastic Things to do in Antigua Guatemala

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.

Sololá

Paddleboard in Santa Cruz la Laguna

37 Spectacular Things to do in Santa Cruz la Laguna

Looking for things to do in Santa Cruz la Laguna Guatemala? This beautiful hillside town on the shores of Lake Atitlán offers visitors a varied menu wonderful activities from massages and mayan saunas to rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving, and more.

Docks at San Juan La Laguna Guatemala

25 Magical Things to Do in San Juan la Laguna

San Juan la Laguna is a colorful mayan village nestled between high cliffs, lush coffee plantations, and the tranquil waters of Lake Atitlán. Home to the Tz’utujil Mayan people, San Juan is one of the most traditional and culturally rich towns around the lake. There is something for everyone, whether you enjoy diving into culture and traditional practices, hiking, kayaking, shopping, or learning a new skill. Explore the painted streets, eat fresh food, and sip on highland coffee. You’ll love these magical things to do in San Juan la Laguna Guatemala.

Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo – Economical Adventures

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.

Things to do in Lake Atitlán Guatemala

35 Amazing Things to Do in Lake Atitlán

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.