views from a boat of the mountains around lake atitlan

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Hidden down between massive Mexico and eco-darling Costa Rica, Guatemala is a criminally overlooked Central American destination. It boasts 37 (!) volcanoes – all of which can either be climbed or simply enjoyed from a distance – and an incredible variety of attractions. In addition to all those pointy behemoths, visitors can enjoy outstanding hiking in the rolling highlands around Nebaj, explore arguably the world’s most impressive Mayan ruins in the jungles of Tikal, wander the picture-perfect cobblestoned streets of the gorgeous colonial town of Antigua, cool off in the spectacular waterfalls of Semuc Champey, or even fit in some beach time in laid-back Monterrico.

The main highlight of Guatemala for most, however, is stunning Lake Atitlán. Surrounded by hills, fascinating Mayan villages and three looming volcanoes, Atitlán is the kind of place where people come for 3 days and end up staying 3 months. Throughout Guatemala, food, accommodation and local transport are all excellent value, making it a great addition to your Central American itinerary.

Excerpt by Routinely Nomadic

Here’s everything you need to plan a trip to Guatemala! So what are you waiting for?

LANGUAGE: Spanish      

CURRENCY: Guatemalan Quetzal


A Guide to Hiking on Lake Atitlan (Routinely Nomadic)

Itinerary: Backpacking Guatemala (12 days)  (Adoration for Adventure)

Misadventures in the Mayan City of Tikal (Casual Travelist)

Climbing to the Summit of Acatenango Volcano (Walkaboot Travel)

Semuc Champey, The Most Popular Tour in Guatemala (Walkaboot Travel)

10 Day Itinerary in Guatemala (Jack and Jill Travel)

On the Edge – Of A Volcano in Guatemala (Lizzie Lau)


Luxury Living in the Jungle Lodge Hotel Tikal (Walkaboot Travel)

Hostel Review: La Iguana Perdida in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Guatemala (Brittany’s Adventures)


First Steps in Guatemala (In Locamotion)

Flores, Guatemala to Tikal (Latin Atlas)

A Responsible Travelers Guide to San Marcos La Laguna on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan (Brittany’s Adventures)

LGBT Travel to Guatemala (Only Once)

Global Directory pages for countries near Guatemala

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