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The Best of Guatemala

Ancient Maya Temples, Caves, Cloud Forest, and Garifuna Culture
Ancient Maya Temples, Caves, Cloud Forest, and Garifuna Culture

Explore the unique combination of natural beauty, rich culture, and exciting activities in Guatemala. Customize your 11-day adventure today!

Nature Adventure & Maya Temples
Nature Adventure & Maya Temples

Explore the Guatemalan Maya jungles and Caribbean on a 6-day adventure. Look for wildlife in the Maya Biosphere Reserve and visit ancient Maya trails and temples.

Mangroves, Sea Turtles and Jungle Maya Ruins
Mangroves, Sea Turtles and Jungle Maya Ruins

Explore the unique nature and wildlife of Guatemala on an 8-day adventure. Search for turtles in the mangroves, visit the Maya Biosphere Reserve, and stay in beautiful eco lodges.

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Our local travel planners are carefully selected for their knowledge & professionalism.

True Cultural Experiences

Connect with native communities for genuine local adventures.

Support Local People & Nature

Your trip dollars help improve quality of life and natural conservation.

Guatemala is a country rich in history and culture, with a civilization dating back to 18,000 BC. The Maya civilization, which still influences daily life in Guatemala, can be seen in everything from the local clothing to the numerous archeological sites scattered throughout the country. In addition to its ancient history, Guatemala was also heavily influenced by its colonial past. This can be seen in the country's architecture and culture, which has contributed to its charm and popularity among travelers. But it's not just the history and culture that draws visitors to Guatemala. The country is also known for its stunning natural beauty, with landscapes ranging from dense jungles to beautiful beaches. Whether you're exploring ruins hidden deep in the jungle, admiring the colonial architecture, or simply enjoying the natural beauty, there's something for everyone in Guatemala.

When to visit

It's difficult to say when the best time to visit Guatemala is, as it can depend on a variety of factors, including personal preferences and the specific activities and places you want to visit. However, in general, the dry season, which runs from November to April, is considered the best time to visit, as the weather is generally sunny and dry, making it easier to explore the country's many outdoor attractions. The wet season, which runs from May to October, can also be a good time to visit, but be prepared for rain and potentially disrupted travel plans. It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and make sure you're prepared for the conditions you'll be encountering during your trip.

What you will be doing

Guatemala offers a wealth of opportunities for travelers to explore its rich Mayan culture, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant cities. Whether you're looking to hike through ancient ruins, kayak on crystal-clear lakes, or go caving in the lush forests, Guatemala has something for everyone. You can also experience the local way of life by staying with a local family or taking a cooking class, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional colonial town. With so much to see and do, Guatemala is a destination that offers something for every type of traveler.

Travel Style

Guatemala is a destination that truly comes to life outdoors, with its stunning natural beauty and rich culture. Whether you're a cultural enthusiast looking to learn more about the Mayan people, or an adventurous traveler seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences, Guatemala has something for everyone. Accommodations in the country range from rustic to luxury, so you can choose the travel style that best suits your needs. With its diverse range of attractions and activities, Guatemala is a destination that will satisfy travelers of all kinds.

Best Ways to Get Around

One way to navigate Guatemala is to hire a private or shared driver. For traveling between major tourist destinations, shared vans are a popular option. If you prefer to have more control over your itinerary, a private driver may be the best choice. To visit Tikal, there are daily flights from Guatemala City.

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Wonderful cooking class experience

5 star review
Just finished a wonderful cooking class experience. We made pepian a traditional Guatemala dish. Ours was better than the one at the restaurant last night. We did need an interpreter and Pablo was great adding insight plus translating. Great cooking and cultural experience. Highly recommend.

Totally Recommend

5 star review
Our experience was more than great we learned a lot about the culture, heritage and we experienced the local food and learned a lot about this beautiful country, the tour to the lake Atitlan was amazing, the tour guide was the best.
Itzhel Quesada

Do you want to know what it is like to live in Guatemala?

5 star review
Staying in Silvia's home and being hosted by the women's cooperative in San Antonio Aguas Caliente was a very unique experience that was conveniently close to Antigua. I recommend it to anyone looking to get out of the tourist bubble and into the real Guatemala. You will also enjoy the attention to cultural detail by participating in their tailored activities and you will have a blast with this group of funny ladies and their families. Highly recommended!

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In order to provide a consistently local experience we make sure our Lokal trip planners are always from the country you’ll be visiting. This not only means you’ll be getting an authentic local experience but you know first hand that your money is going directly to the communities you visit. How’s that for a win/win? Rather than endless searching for "best places to stay in guatemala," "adventures in guatemala," "must see guatemala," why not just ask an expert who lives there and knows all about amazing experiences perfect for your specific travel style?

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Sofia and Pablo
Sofia and Pablo
Guatemala City
Our experts, Sofia and Pablo, are the perfect team to help plan your trip to Guatemala. Sofia studied a Master's in Cultural Tourism and Heritage in Catalunya, Spain, giving her a deep understanding of the country's rich culture and history. Pablo, who is half Mexican and half Guatemalan, has spent half his life living and studying in Mexico and half in Guatemala, giving him a unique perspective on both countries. With their expertise and personal connections, Sofia and Pablo are well-equipped to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

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Eytan's Guatemala Adventure
Monday: Pickup, Checkin, Massage
Tuesday: Tour of Ancient Ruins
Wednesday: Zip-lining and Birdwatching
Thursday: Community Visit & Festival
Friday: Shopping in City Center
Friday: Picnic at Waterfall

Day Trips

Day with Guatemalan Coffee Farmers
Day Trip
Day with Guatemalan Coffee Farmers

The farmers of the San Miguel Escobar cooperative have been crafting coffee for years and will pass on the wisdom of...

Local Cooking Class in Lake Atitlan Community
Day Trip
Local Cooking Class in Lake Atitlan Community

Guatemalan cuisine has its roots in Maya culture, however spanish influence and the use of endemic ingredientes from the region stand out. Venture to learn the preparation of a traditional Guatemalan dish...

Cook pepian and tortillas the traditional way
Day Trip
Cook pepian and tortillas the traditional way

Pepian, the national dish of Guatemala, is a mouth-watering chicken stew made with different types of native chilis, seeds, and vegetables...

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