Guatemala is located in Central America, it shares borders to the north and west with Mexico, to the southeast with El Salvador and Honduras, to the northeast with Belize and the Caribbean sea. This is a beautiful country to explore - you can see volcanoes, ecosystems, little villages and Mayan ruins on one of our small group breaks. You will get a real understanding about the country and people on one of our travel packages. 


Things to Do & Travel Packages in Guatemala

Find activities, experiences, travel packages, backpacking ideas, eco & adventure travel in Guatemala.

Guatemala Travel Guide

Guatemala Travel Guide

Get information, tips, itineraries and inspiration for visiting Guatemala.

  • Population: 12,300,000 (approx)
  • Currency: Quetzal (GTQ) although US dollar is accepted
  • Capital: Guatemala City (population 1,100,000 approx)
  • Language: Spanish + local languages
  • International Country Code: +502
  • Country Area: 108,900 km2


Guatemala holidays

Top Reasons to Travel to Guatemala

  • Great value for money destination
  • Ancient ruins
  • Beautiful cities like Antigua
  • Realatively untouched by globalisation
  • A lot safter than decades ago
  • International tourism here is growing fast so you need to get here before the crowds arrive
  • Good transport connections to other destinations in the region


Tourist Visa

If you are planning a trip to Guatemala you will be please to know you won't need to apply for a visa before hand if you are a British citizen. On arrival you will be granted a 90 day visa where you can travel anywhere you like. If you would like to stay longer you might need to do a border crossing and go back which is quite easy to do. Also unlike many countries no bank funds or proof of outbound tickets are required so the experience of getting into Guatemala is very easy. 


Best Places to Visit in Guatemala

  • Travel to Lake Atitlan where there are two massive volcanoes over a lake, its really pretty and looks amazing in real life
  • Antigua is a really scenic town with little cobbled streets and colourful houses and shops and is someone you need to add to your itinerary
  • Guatemala city is huge and worth exploring if you like big cities
  • Be sure to visit the ancient ruins of Tikal which are some of the best in the world and our top recommended thing to see in Guatemala
  • Flores is a relaxing place to stay if you are going to visit Tikal, take bug spray though as its surrounded by water and there are mosquitoes
  • Other must visit places include Lanquin and Livingstone



Travelling & Backpacking in Guatemala 

Be intrigued and delighted in Guatemala - there's something for everyone here! Take the hassle out of your travels by booking through our website. The logistics are worked out for you - accommodation, transportation and an experienced leader to show you the best the country has to offer and to take the stress out of your trip. Travel operators can even pick you up and drop you back to the airport! Our packages are suitable for all - whether a short break or want an experience to form part of longer travels. 

Guatemala is a highly recommended country to visit, it might not be as popular as Mexico and is a little bit off the beaten track but its well worth visiting. There are lots of things to do and we have put together some useful advice which you might find useful. Expect lots of culture, history and tradition in Guatamala - a country which has been plagued by war in the past but which is now very peaceful and open to tourists. We have some fantastic travel packages where you can mix with locals and see more than your average tourist.

On our Guatemala vacations you will get an authentic local experience and discover the highlights of the country including the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, Lake Atitlan, remote colonial towns and the pretty city of Antigua. 


Guatemala Budget Travel Tips

  • General: Guatemala is very cheap especially compared to other destinations nearby like Costa Rica and Mexico
  • Accommodation: You can find lots of hotels and hostels in Guatemala if you book a program through our website accommodation is usually provided where you will stay in a shared house with other internationals, there are also homestays available for an authentic local experience. This is a very cheap country to visit in Latin America and the food is very varied and tasty. You can find cheap hotels, dorms and hostels throughout the country all at great prices among the lowest in Central America.
  • Safety: Guatemala on the whole is a safe destination but be more cautious in the larger cities and at night



View our Central America budget backpacking guide.

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