Overview Guatemala

Visiting Guatemala

Nestled between Mexico to the north and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast, Guatemala boasts an incredible history and amazing biodiversity, making it a great vacation destination for archaeology buffs and outdoor lovers alike.

While its history of human occupation reaches back past 12,000 B.C., it’s Guatemala’s Mayan history that remains its biggest draw. Legendary sites like Tikal, Yaxha and Quirigua all boast a host of monuments, shrines, ballcourts and statues, with many sites still awaiting excavation from a millennia of overgrowth and neglect.

Guatemala’s mountainous and hilly terrain has led to some of its most beautiful natural features. The natural limestone bridge of Semuc Champey is a popular destination for tourists who come to swim in the stepped turquoise pools atop the bridge. The active... Read More
Nestled between Mexico to the north and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast, Guatemala boasts an incredible history and amazing biodiversity, making it a great vacation destination for archaeology buffs and outdoor lovers alike.

While its history of human occupation reaches back past 12,000 B.C., it’s Guatemala’s Mayan history that remains its biggest draw. Legendary sites like Tikal, Yaxha and Quirigua all boast a host of monuments, shrines, ballcourts and statues, with many sites still awaiting excavation from a millennia of overgrowth and neglect.

Guatemala’s mountainous and hilly terrain has led to some of its most beautiful natural features. The natural limestone bridge of Semuc Champey is a popular destination for tourists who come to swim in the stepped turquoise pools atop the bridge. The active volcano of Pacaya is another popular feature, though after a recent eruption in May, 2010, hiking and climbing access to Pacaya may become more restricted.

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Stories and Tips Guatemala

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A walking tour around the UNESCO site

Written by MichaelJM on 23 Mar, 2013

After a long flight from the UK the last thing I thought I’d be looking forward to was a four hour City tour, but it’s amazing how quickly the body can recover after a good night’s sleep. I’d slept like a baby, enjoyed a Guatemalan…Read More


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In search of Maximon

Written by MichaelJM on 21 Mar, 2013

Leaving the small village of San Juan behind us we head off to Santiago and although we had a smooth crossing earlier on in the day the lake was now much less forgiving. Indeed as the motor launch hit the waves it felt like we…Read More


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An unwanted adventure

Written by MichaelJM on 20 Mar, 2013

Having enjoyed the bustle and the excitement of the Lent Procession we returned to our hotel to enjoy the rest of our time on the open balcony of the second floor. We settled down in to the comfort of the settees to watch nightfall descend.…Read More


Tips for "dealing" with Coban

Written by Jane Diddly on 05 Feb, 2011

Tourism infrastructure in and around Coban is lacking a lot... especially if you're on the $2 a day travel plan. There are some nicer hotels but even they sometimes are subject to rooms that let in noise or light from the streets, etc.…Read More


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Road Warrior; a Traveler’s Worst Nightmares

Written by Jose Kevo on 22 Apr, 2008

The only thing missing from this 66-th journal is another 6 ! Livingston turned-out to be nothing short of an evil eden; a pandora’s box of seething social adversity for Guatemala’s Caribbean nerve center. Various resources make the generic claim that crime-related incidents…Read More


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Semuc Champey: A Must See

Written by Vagabondo on 16 Mar, 2007

Semuc Champey was not originally on my travel itinerary, but after hearing tales of its spectacular beauty from other backpackers I decided to venture to that remote locality.Semuc Champey is not a city, town, or village; it is Guatemalan backwater where one can bask in…Read More


Tikal

Written by flamingokid on 01 Feb, 2007

We flew from Belize in a three-passenger plane. Guy sat up front with the pilot who, according to Guy, had on his iPod. I only saw the back of his head, which was bald. He also had an "earphone" on top of his head, which…Read More


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Tikal

Written by britgirl7 on 08 Sep, 2005

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight We took the early bus to Tikal. I say bus, but really this was a van with busted-up windows and missing pieces, but it got us there. The ride took about an hour through small…Read More


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The Mystical Markets of Chichicastenango

Written by albionvicar on 12 Apr, 2005

The town of Chichicastenango is an absolute must, not only for the twice-weekly market, but as a destination in itself for a couple of nights. There is not a lot to do, but the atmosphere here is truly mystical. I was advised to arrive the night…Read More


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Return to Lanquin Caves and Semuc Champey

Written by Ngibson on 26 Mar, 2003

Our friends with whom my husband and I were traveling, had originally visited the Alta Vera Paz region in the early 1990s. In those days, they were looking for new areas to take tourists. That particular trip was an incredible adventure because they did it…Read More


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