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Maya ruins at Tikal

Things to do in Guatemala

Despite its compact size, Guatemala is incredibly diverse. From atmospheric towns oozing colonial charm to impressive Maya ruins and abundant wildlife, there’s plenty to see and do.

Explore the World Heritage-protected city of Antigua for its charming colonial architecture or wander through colorful Chichicastenango market where traditionally-dressed locals sell everything from fruit and vegetables to textiles and wood crafts. Alternatively, glide across the calm waters of Lake Atitlán and marvel at the beauty of its surrounding volcanoes or visit the temples and palaces of Tikal, one of the most impressive Mayan sites in Central America, before hiking through the surrounding jungle to see howler and spider monkeys.

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Ideas for experiencing Guatemala

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Guatemala, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.