Escuintla

Pacific Slope

The bustling and sweltering city of Escuintla is located at the junction of the two main coastal roads from Guatemala City. It will interest travelers mainly as a place to eat or refuel while heading to or from the Pacific coast.

With a population of 130,000, Escuintla is Guatemala’s third largest city. It’s a busy town that offers travelers little in the way of attractions. Even so, a quick stop in Escuintla will give you a sense of the speed and heat of Guatemalan coastal life. Beneath the central plaza is a large, sprawling marketplace.

There are a few places around here to eat Guatemalan fare, including ceviche and fresh seafood. If you get stuck in town and need to spend the night, there are plenty of cheap hotels.

There are frequent buses between Guatemala City and Escuintla. The four-lane highway leading away from Guatemala City has great views of the Agua, Acatenango, and Fuego volcanoes. There is another four-lane highway heading south from Escuintla to Iztapa, Puerto Quetzal, and Puerto San José.

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Pacaya Volcano Hike

5-in-1 combo|7 hours

Escuintla

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Pacaya Volcano Hike

The Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. During this tour, you’ll hike (or ride horses) up the volcano and enjoy incredible views of...

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Auto Safari Chapin Tour

2-in-1 combo|8 hours

Escuintla

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Auto Safari Chapin Tour

This safari started as a way to protect Guatemala’s native endangered species. It has expanded to include a wide variety of species from Africa and other...

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Pacaya Volcano Tour

3-in-1 combo|5 hours

Escuintla

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Pacaya Volcano Tour

Come hike one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes on this tour. The Pacaya Volcano is located in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.

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Overnight at Pacaya Volcano

3-in-1 combo|Multi-Day

Escuintla

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Overnight at Pacaya Volcano

The 8,373-foot (2,552-m) Pacaya Volcano looms large over Lake Amatitlán. About an hour’s drive from Antigua, this volcano makes for a convenient day trip while...

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Water Rafting Coyolate River

3-in-1 combo|8 hours

Escuintla

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Water Rafting Coyolate River

Our Goal is that through the adventure white water sports, we create an opportunity for everyone to benefit from nature and as a consequence you will be the ones...

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Pelicanos Hotel

Escuintla

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Pelicanos Hotel

Pelicanos Hotel sits on the beach of El Paredón, offering guests accommodations a few steps away from some of Guatemala’s best surfing. Staying here you can spend all...

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Paredon Surf House

Escuintla

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Paredon Surf House

Paredon Surf House offers excellent surfing, and serves as a base camp for sightseeing some of the highlights of the Pacific coast. This guesthouse has a wide variety of...

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