Jungles, Mayan ruins and some of the best coffee beans in the world – these are just a few of many reasons to visit Guatemala. With roots that are tens of thousands of years deep, kick off your Guatemalan adventure by learning about the incredible history of this beautiful country. One of the main draw cards is its ancient Mayan peoples, whose legacy has left a lasting impression on global history and society. Learn about the culture and beliefs of this ancient civilisation at some of Guatemala City’s best Mayan museums, including Museo Popol Vuh, the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing. If you want to get even closer to this ancient civilisation, head north and trek through the Guatemalan jungle to get to Tikal, one of the most impressive – and most important – examples of Mayan architecture. Exploring this lost city with give you serious Tomb Raider vibes.
If hiking through the jungle is your jam, make the most of Guatemala’s natural beauty by exploring as many landscapes as you can. A trek to Semuc Champey will get your blood pumping as these natural limestone pools and nearby caves offer one hell of an outdoor adventure. Next, make your way to the town of Atitlán in the Sierra Madre Mountains, which is completely surrounded by volcanoes. The highlight of this place? Lake Atitlán, the incredible lake that has formed at the feet of these towering volcanoes. Spend some time paddling across the water or walking up to nearby highland villages, before heading to nearby Antigua.
What is considered the most beautiful city in Guatemala, Antigua is a history lover’s dream. With its cobblestoned streets and multi-coloured buildings, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to colonial times. Not only is it a piece of frozen history, Antigua is also one of the best places to eat in Guatemala. Pay visit to the Choco Museum - where you’ll learn all the traditional techniques for making the best chocolate in the world - and enjoy deep-fried rellenitos and dulche de leche sweets at Dona Maria Gordillo’s antique sweet shop. Try chicken pepian, kak’ik and other Mayan dishes as you eat your way through incredible Guatemala.
Currency: Guatemalan quetzal
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Guatemala.
Dialing Code: +502
Time Zone: (GMT-06:00)
From quick breaks to epic journeys, Contiki exists to connect young travellers with the time of their lives.
See more about Contiki