A trip to Guatemala brings you to a nation filled to the brim with history and sites to see. After declaring its independence from Spain in 1821, this small nation has developed and created its own culture and heritage. If you are wondering about a holiday to Guatemala, think no more! There is plenty to do there, no matter what you like to see or do, from historical museums and archives to gorgeous rainforests.
- Revel in the natural beauty and wonder that Guatemala has to offer.
- Experience the traditional way of life, by visiting the more remote villages, or going at the time of a festival, like Dia de Los Muertos.
- Hike through Mayan ruins and see a world preserved in stone.
- Partake in the seeming isolation, while experiencing an explosion of culture in Chichicastenango, town located in the El Quiché department.
- Learn of the biodiversity in Guatemala at the Biotopo del Quetzal.
- Take in the Pacific Ocean on the coast of Guatemala.
- Watch the bats leave their caves at night at The Lanquin Caves.
- As with any place, be aware of your surroundings and your belongings.
- Don’t hike without a guide; they know the place better than you do, so trust their judgment and guidance.
- Go to the markets to purchase inexpensive produce, but be aware that vendors might try and charge you more if you look like a tourist.
- Take the chicken busses; but be aware that you may be charge more. Ask someone how much is being charged and give that to the caller.
- Exchange money in larger cities, because smaller ones don’t have ATM’s.
- Keep in mind that Guatemala is a third world country; take care of your items
and keep them close.
- The water is not safe to drink; keep to bottled, or consider buying SteriPen or LifeStraw for your trip.
- Food options can be limited if you are a vegetarian, but otherwise, indulge in kak'ik, antojitos, or fiambre.