Guatemala Off The Beaten Track

If you're going to travel abroad, you don't want to see some of a new country, you want to see all of it — you want the most authentic experience possible. Well, the only way to see what other travellers miss is to go where they don't. Discover Guatemala off the beaten path, and see amazing sites low on tourism but big on adventure. Guatemala is a sizeable country with diverse terrain, which offers you plenty of lesser-visited places to explore.

San Marcos La Laguna Guatemala
San Marcos La Laguna

Western Highlands

This is a great place to check out a yoga class, or just find a beautiful place for meditation and more alternative treatments — like crystal therapy and acupuncture. Without much nightlife in the area, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature.

Lake Izabal Guatemala
Lake Izabal

Caribbean Lowlands

Along the banks of the river, you’ll see ruins of colonial Spanish fortresses, like El Castillo de San Felipe. A boating tour of the San Felipe River brings you to the Caribbean town of Livingston. You might also set sail for coastal attractions like Playa Blanca and the Siete Altares, a series of seven pools connected by small waterfalls. For more waterfall bliss, head to sites like Finca Paraíso, which has a warm cascade for scenic swims.

Not far from the river, you can explore the Bocas del Polochic Wildlife Preserve and immerse yourself in the rare environments of wetlands and flooded forests. The Chocón Machacas Biotope is home to one of Guatemala’s most endangered species — the manatee, a slow-moving, potato-shaped animal that occasionally raises its head from the water to munch on vegetation.