1 – Zipline through the rainforest canopy
If it’s an adrenalin rush you’re chasing, ziplining through the Tikal national park will tick all the right boxes. You’ll complete not 1, not 2, not 3, but 8 different ziplines, each taking you higher and higher into the rainforest canopy, affording you spectacular views of the Guatemalan rainforest. And with over 410 species of bird to spot, not to mention monkeys and beautiful plant life, you’ll literally have the time of your life.
2 - Watch the sunrise from a Mayan ruin
So yes you will have to get up early, but have you ever watched the sunrise from atop an ancient Mayan temple before? Unlikely. Tikal Templo IV was built in 741 AD and is one of the tallest and most voluminous buildings in the Maya world. It also featured in one of the Star Wars movies, so kill two birds with one stone – watch a spectacular sunrise and relive a little bit of sci-fi movie magic.
3 - Day trip to the Island of Flores
Flores is often the jumping off point for Tikal or Petén and so if often overlooking as a destination in its own right, but visit this beautifully quaint little island and you’ll soon think differently. Built atop an ancient Mayan centre, Flores if full of colonial red-roofed buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, a church and Spanish plaza, not to mention a plethora of restaurants, each one more tantalizing and deliciously local than the next.
4 - Ride a horse drawn carriage around Antigua
Why walk when you can catch a horse drawn carriage? Explore Guatemala’s bustling capital city the good old fashioned – bounce over the cobblestones as you admire the fascinating colonial architecture, crumbling churches and rooftop flowerbeds, and catch glimpses of the towering volcanoes that make Antigua such a mesmerizing destination.
5 – Explore Lago Atitlán
An absolute favourite with travellers, Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlán) is a beautiful volcanic lake nestled in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It is ringed by small towns and is packed full of fun activities, from the extreme (paragliding) to the adventurous (volcano tours) to the cultural (visiting lakeside Mayan communities). Try them all or just relax in a hammock lakeside and watch the world go by.