Guatemala Indigenous Culture Destinations

Travel isn't only about seeing new places and tasting new foods, it's about genuine cultural exchanges and learning about history off the page — or screen. Guatemala's indigenous culture is alive and well, and you can experience it when you talk to Guatemala's people and go on Guatemalan cultural tours. Cultural tours are a great option if you're specifically interested in Mayan civilization, as the Maya are arguably the most prominent of Guatemala's indigenous culture.

Panajachel Guatemala
Panajachel

Western Highlands

While you're in Panajachel, you'll be near attractions that make it easy to explore the highlights of Lake Atitlán. The town has its own beach where you can swim and take out kayaks. The Atitlán Nature Reserve also has its own beach, as well as zip lines and a butterfly farm, set in the tropical environment of a former coffee plantation.

Santa Catarina Palopo Guatemala
Santa Catarina Palopo

Western Highlands

You'll notice women here mostly wear loose-fitting blouses called huipiles, a fashion choice that hasn't changed in many centuries. Their preference for blue is a more recent trend and unique to this village. If you like their look, consider buying some quality textiles from a local.

Locals live in adobe homes, built into the side of the lake. The best lakefront real estate, however, is taken up by villas and resorts — some of the nicest you'll find in Guatemala.