Tours and Activities in Guatemala

Guatemala isn’t just ruins and rainforests, although there is a good amount of both those things here. It’s a country of huge lakes, Mayan villages, fuming stratovolcanoes, and colorful marketplaces. There are an incalculable number of things to do in Guatemala, with tour options to fit every type of traveler. If you’re into nature, you can explore jungles or go bird watching. If culture is your cup of tea, you’ll visit Mayan villages and ancient temples. And if you’d prefer to simply relax, there are tranquil places to breathe deep and unwind.

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153 Things to Do in Guatemala

Fishing Tour Full Day, Guatemala
Fishing Tour Full DayPuerto Quetzal, Escuintla

Guatemala’s Pacific Coast has healthy populations of enormous fish, and this tour allows you to catch some of the most impressive species. This tour is also an excellent opportunity to see sea turtles, dolphins, and the occasional whale.

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Boat Tours
Fresh Water Fishing
Sport Fishing
Hiking San Pedro Volcano, Guatemala
Hiking San Pedro VolcanoLake Atitlan

The San Pedro Volcano was declared a national park in 2006. The volcano is covered with tropical forests and takes about 4–5 hours to reach the summit along a well-maintained trail.

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Guided Tours
Hiking
Pacaya Volcano Hike, Guatemala
Pacaya Volcano HikeEscuintla

The Pacaya Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. During this tour, you’ll hike up the volcano and enjoy incredible views of both the volcano and the surrounding area.

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Guided Tours
Hiking
Hot Springs and Indigenous Villages, Guatemala
Hot Springs and Indigenous VillagesQuetzaltenango

This tour includes a visit to indigenous villages and a soak in hot springs. As such, it's a nice mixture of cultural exploration and leisure activities.

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Hot Springs
Naturalist Guide
Walking
Mayan Cosmology and Archaeology Tour, Guatemala
Mayan Cosmology and Archaeology TourAntigua

This tour brings travelers to the Postclassic Mayan site of Iximché. Iximché was once a Kaqchikel capital and today it’s still used in many Mayan ceremonies.

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Archeology
Guided Tours
Ruins
El Mirador 5-day Trail, Guatemala
El Mirador 5-day TrailFlores and Santa Elena

This tour offers you the opportunity to hike to the archaeological site El Mirador, which is one of the best Mayan sites in Guatemala. You'll explore the tropical jungle as you make your way along a trail towards El Mirador.

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Archeology
Guided Tours
Hiking
Multi-Day
Yaxhá One Day , Guatemala
Yaxhá One Day Flores and Santa Elena

Yaxhá is the third largest Mayan site in Guatemala, but due to its seclusion, it tends to lack large crowds. Enjoy a visit to Yaxhá during this one-day tour.

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Archeology
Guided Tours
Historic
Ruins
Cultural and Textile Half-Day Tour, Guatemala
Cultural and Textile Half-Day TourAntigua

During this tour, you’ll visit carpenters in Ciudad Vieja, weavers in San Antonio Aguas Calientes, and farmers at an experimental macademia nut plantation. It’s a great way to experience some of Guatemala’s best culture.

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Guided Tours
Textiles
Lívingston Cultural Day Tour, Guatemala
Lívingston Cultural Day TourLivingston, Izabal

This collective or private tour explores areas in and around Lívingston and the Río Dulce. You'll visit the San Felipe Castle, Bird Island and hot waterfalls. If you choose the private tour, you'll enjoy additional time at each of these destinations, plus a musical presentation.

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Cultural
Historic
Mangrove Forest & Tule Boat Tour, Guatemala
Mangrove Forest & Tule Boat TourMonterrico, Santa Rosa

Monterrico's mangroves are a great place to see birds and other animals. This tour explores the mangrove forests and tule grasses that grow alongside the banks of the mangroves.

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Boat Tours
Mangrove Tours
Naturalist Guide
Circo del Aire Canopy Antigua-CS, Guatemala
Circo del Aire Canopy Antigua-CSAntigua

The Circo del Aire Canopy is in the Efrain Recinos Cultural Park. This park is a short distance outside of Antigua.

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Zip Lines
Acatenango Volcano Hiking, Guatemala
Acatenango Volcano HikingAntigua

Acatenango is a twin-peaked stratovolcano. The volcano erupted between 1924 and 1927 and again in 1972. Volcanic ash from these explosions traveled as far as 15 miles away. Larger eruptions also occurred some 2,000 and 5,000 years ago.

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Guided Tours
Hiking
Iximché Ruins and Surrounding Towns Tour, Guatemala
Iximché Ruins and Surrounding Towns TourAntigua

This tour explores the Mayan ruins of Iximché and a few surrounding towns in the area.

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Archeology
Cultural
Guided Tours
Historic
Birdwatching Antigua, Guatemala
Birdwatching AntiguaAntigua

Get ready to spot some colorful birds during this full-day bird watching tour in Antigua. The tour explores the El Pilar Nature Reserve, which is set just 2 miles from Antigua’s central park.

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Bird Watching
Hiking
Naturalist Guide
Finca El Pilar and its Hummingbirds, Guatemala
Finca El Pilar and its HummingbirdsAntigua

Fincal El Pilar’s gardens hum with the tiny, whirring wings of its resident hummingbirds. This farm does not produce agriculture, but rather exists to help conserve some of the rare and endangered species of plants and animals in Antigua.

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Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Guatemalan Cooking Class , Guatemala
Guatemalan Cooking Class Antigua

Fill your head with new recipes and your belly with a delicious, 5-course meal. These recipes aren’t haute cuisine, but a look at what Guatemalan families actually eat on an everyday basis, dishes that you’ll want to recreate in your own home. This includes one of the staples of Guatemalan cuisine – hearty, delicious tortillas.

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Culinary
Culinary Lessons
Canopy Tour at Atitlan's Natural Reserve, Guatemala
Canopy Tour at Atitlan's Natural ReserveLake Atitlan

This hike through the tree canopy of the Atitlan Reserve will give you a bird’s eye view of an exciting environment. Atitlan Reserve is shaped by the three volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlan. Pristine Lake Atitlan and the surrounding grounds of the reserve offer more natural beauty than you can capture with a few snapshots. To get the most out of this scenery, get a view from the top.

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Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Zip Lines
Chicken Buses, Ciudad Vieja, and Typical Food, Guatemala
Chicken Buses, Ciudad Vieja, and Typical FoodAntigua

This tour offers you an interesting looks at some of the historical and cultural underpinnings of Antigua. Start your tour with a peek behind the curtain of local transportation with a visit to one of the factories that makes chicken buses — local worker Don Augusto will show you around the factory and give you some insight into the artistry that gives these vehicles their vibrant personalities.

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Culinary
Cultural
Guided Tours
Historic
San Felipe Castle and Río Dulce, Guatemala
San Felipe Castle and Río DulceLake Izabal, Izabal

Explore both the San Felipe Castle and the Río Dulce during this tour. The castle, which is set at the mouth of the Río Dulce, dates back to the 17th century and has fantastic views of Lake Izabal.

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Archeology
Boat Tours
Guided Tours
Ruins
Coffee Farm Tour, Guatemala
Coffee Farm TourAntigua

Guatemala produces some of the best coffee in the world. On this tour, you’ll visit a coffee farm outside La Antigua to learn about the history and production of coffee in Guatemala.

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Coffee Tour
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk




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