The Best Things to Do in Guatemala, from 12 Travel Bloggers

I’ve arrived in Guatemala! Woohoo! In preparation for my two weeks in Guatemala I had a look around to see what other travel bloggers would recommend to do. I don’t want to miss out on anything good. When I’m planning to visit a destination I’ll always look around to see what other travel bloggers say to do there, you know that they’ve been there and tried that and usually have a good story to show for it. I trust them.

And after seeing the photos below on Flickr, I can’t wait to get stuck in to a country I’m told by many travellers, is their ‘favourite’.

So, here goes the best things to do in Guatemala, by 10 travel bloggers.


Antigua

Of course, I knew this picturesque city would be worth a go, but I didn’t know what there was to do there.

Kate and Will (baby called George?) from runawaytravellers.com say that Antigua was:

“the most picturesque town they visited in the whole of Central America”

According to them I will enjoy the volcanoes, amazing buildings, plenty of cafes, and restaurants and bars too. Sounds perfect for me. Although I must remember I’m trying to be vegan.

Best things to do in Guatemala

Nina, from nina-travels.com says that if you’re in Antigua you should take a trip out to the La Azotea coffee farm. There’s a museum full of traditional Guatemalan artefacts and you’ll learn how to make real and delicious coffee. I’m excited to try some of the world’s most renowned coffee in Guatemala, sure it will blow my socks off after a week coffee free.

Life in Guatemala

Marina reveals an interesting and unique NGO on ytravelblog.com. You can go to the Kids Restaurant and every Friday the kids will cook, serve and hang out with you in return for the English skills. All the money made goes to help children born with cleft palates.


Pacaya Volcano Hike

Of all the 36 volcanoes in Guatemala, apparently the Pacaya Volcano is the most impressive. Karilyn takes us through what to expect when you climb the Pacaya Volcano Hike, and roast marshmallows on the top. Sounds pretty cool hey?

Click through for everything you need to know about taking an overnight hike there.


Lake Atitlan

I’ve read quite a bit about Lake Atitlan now, and heard good things from friends I made in Oaxaca and at The Sanctuary Health Retreat. I know that people visit for the beauty of the volcanic lake, the kayaking, the monkeys at Atitlan Nature Reserve, and climbing the San Pedro Volcano. I’m also tempted by the paragliding, we’ll see.

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Michael and Randi from justapack.com say that Lake Atitlan is referred to as “Eden on Earth”. Their description of the lake has definitely got me excited. They’ve also got plenty of inspiration for where to go and what to do at meal times. Sounds delicious, and cheap!

They also recommend to check out the local Mayan pueblos to see the traditional cultures in action.

Best of Guatemala by travel bloggers

After my hippy retreat in Puerto Escondido I’m really excited to check out San Marcos. It’s the hippy side of the lake, according to Melissa from Life is Wanderful, so I might be able to carry on these vegan / yoga habits I hope I’ve formed.


Tikal / Flores

One of the most popular things to do in Guatemala is to visit Tikal, I already knew this but it’s backed up by snarkynomad.com who says the trekking to Tikal is ‘not to be missed’. I think photos like this explain why this is an absolute definite must.

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Semuc Champey

This looks amazing! Shannon from alittleadrift.com went on a full day tour to explore Semuc Champey and the surrounding caves, by candlelight. I’m definitely going to stay at Zephyr and make the most of this little trip!

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Volcanoes

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Guatemala is a very volcanic country, they’re everywhere! During my two weeks in Guatemala I’m definitely going to try and take a hike up one of these beauts.

Again, snarkynomad.com recommends the Pacaya Volcano, and he says you can even roast marshmallows at the top.


Rio Dulce

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Gareth from tourist2townie.com arrived at the Rio Dulce by boat – sounds awesome. He’s got some amazing photos of Rio Dulce on the blog, and the hot springs and lagoons along the route. It will be a bit out of my way for the trip but I feel like it would be worth it, just to see it, and to be able to boat it out to Livingston.


Livingston and Playa Blanca

You have to go via Rio Dulce to get to Livingston as you need to get a boat. This is what my research tells me anyway.

Livingston in Guatemala

I found an interesting story about a raccoon from Luke on perceptivetravel.com. He was attacked, twice. Definitely staying away from those wee beasties.

Sounds like Rob and Carley had a great time in Livingston, learning about the Garifuna culture and hiking and swimming. Really makes me want to go, but I’m just a bit worried it’s a little out of my time remit. Just have to see what happens!


Go on the Chicken Bus

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I heard of this bus a while back, when I worked at HostelBookers in fact. I was confused and still am. So the only way to overcome the confusion is to go for it and get on one. They look cool!


Thanks to touncertaintyandbeyonddawilson, gramz, dongatosnowcat, gameoflight, karlbert and davekent for the Creative Commons photos. 

So here starts my two weeks in Guatemala, well excited!

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10 Comments

  1. by Emily Ray on November 12, 2014  1:30 pm Reply

    Oh man, Guatemala looks like it's got everything! My friend is also over there at the moment and keeps posting the most amazing photos on Facebook. It's definitely edging up into my top 5 places to visit ASAP. Have fun! x

    • by Vicky on November 14, 2014  11:36 pm Reply

      Only made it as far as Lake Atitlan at so far, but love it! The lake is beautiful. I'll let you know how I get on with the rest of it. :)

  2. by Charlie on November 13, 2014  10:37 pm Reply

    Guatemala looks incredible! I definitely want to visit next year, that's for sure. Hope you gave an amazing time there!

    • by Vicky on November 14, 2014  11:37 pm Reply

      Thanks Charlie :) I'll try and get lots of pics and info for you to inspire your trip :)

  3. by Nina Travels on November 22, 2014  6:56 am Reply

    So happy for you and a bit jealous too. Guatemala is amazing and perfect for all kind off travellers as it seems it really has everything. Enjoy your travel and thanks for mentioning my blog :) Happy travels, Nina

  4. by Kim | The Wanderlist on July 16, 2015  10:23 am Reply

    Guatemala looks insane! a trip through Central America kicked off with BPM festival in Mexico is the big dream for me.

    I came across your blog wwaayyy back when I was a content/online PR executive at the beginning of 2013, sat behind my desk one day researching. I was hooked for way too long, reading about how you juggled your 9-5 with your adventures. Now I check back in to find you're flying round the world - congratulations, and cheers for so much inspiration! :)

    • by Vicky on July 16, 2015  5:14 pm Reply

      Ah yeah a few people I met in Mexico were going to BPM – sounded awesome. I'll come with you :).

      Glad that I have inspired you. It's been a long road of hard work but yeah, I'm here! Currently in Barcelona hanging out with my brother and loving life! Hope you are too :)

  5. by John Galt on June 10, 2016  5:51 pm Reply

    Great blog, minus the last part about Chicken Buses. At 6' 1" and a major shade of pale, I don't blend in well. Been here quite some time and just remember school buses are designed for kids #1 and number two sometimes have very little regulation. Add a #3, most travelers carry more than the equivalent 3 months income for Guatemalan.

    I understand your fascination with them, but other forms of travel allow you to have a smaller target on you and are much more comfortable. Pay a little more for a lot more safety. Nothing ruins a trip more than a nap and then a missing backpack, phone and passport, to say nothing about curvy roads, 16 year old drivers and some 40 person buses with 80 people on them.

    Love the travelers, but do take care of yourselves.

    Other than that, DO NOT TELL ANYONE ELSE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY! It is so very wonderful. Especially 99.98% of the people. Yes, there are the great sights above, but the true sight here are the smiles, the acceptance and the warmth of these people's hearts.

    Add Sand Bay in Puerto Barrios and Finca Paraiso and Paredon and San Antonio Aguas Caliente and Pappy's BBQ and Pastores for boots in three days. And ..... and ..... and .....

    John Galt, Yes I Shrugged You can find me at TheNewExpat

  6. by Vicky on June 22, 2016  8:45 pm Reply

    Oh gawwwwd those Chicken Buses, think I spent three days on them at one point. All in the adventure though!

    Thanks for the advice on the other places to visit. Hopefully I'll get back there one day and get to check them out. Thank you for your comment, it bought Guatemala back to me and made me laugh and smile.

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