Things to do in Guatemala

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    Tikal National Park

    27 reviews

    Be in line for the park at 6 AM when it opens so you can experience the wildlife before most animals take their daytime ciesta. It's also pretty impressive to watch the sun rise over Mayan ruins, and see each structure in that light, and then again in the mid-afternoon with the sun right above. Bring plenty of water, because ...

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    Lago de Atitlan

    16 reviews

    There is no question in my mind when I say, 'if you are in Guatemala GO TO ATITLAN!' Beautiful lake (don't swim in it though) surrounded by dormant (extinct?) volcanoes, and 12 small villages all catering to a different type of person. Great markets, really laid back night life, and scenery that will make you run out your camera batter ...

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    Mercado de Artesanias (Market)

    9 reviews

    This is the place to buy all your groceries. Quite a cultural experience.

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  • 4

    Parque Central

    7 reviews

    The Main Square is the center of our City. It is a lovely park that surrounded by our landmark colonial architecture: the Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace ruins, the Royal Palace, etc., and where you will see how the local population (including our Mayans) mingle and enjoy it.

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    Semuc Champey

    6 reviews

    One of the most beautiful landscapes in Central America by far. Green, luscious, rolling mountains with historic rivers rushing through. It is a perfect place to get lost in nature and in culture. Semuc offers extraordinary views of lagoons, waterfalls, cave jumping, adventure of a lifetime. In addition to its beauty, you are in the presence of true indigenous ...

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    Lake Amatitlán

    7 reviews


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    Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross)

    5 reviews

    Beautiful views of Antigua and the Volcano Agua. Assaults and muggings of tourists is common as the day wears on, so take a police escort with you. The "tip" you give them is totally worth not getting stabbed and robbed.

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    La Merced Church

    4 reviews

    Baroque church that is striking more for the yellow color that distinguished from the rest of the white and stone colored buildings in Antigua.

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  • 9

    Volcán Pacaya

    3 reviews

    Awesome experience. For very cheap, you can climb and camp on top of Volcan Pacaya. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere and is very accessible. The summit to the top requires some leg strength but any athletic folk should have no trouble getting near the top. This volcano provide excellent views to the surrounding ...

  • 10

    La Aurora International Airport

    4 reviews

    Don't smuggle tamales, says the sign. Long lines. Get there early or you may miss your plane.

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    2 reviews

    My favorite ruin in Antigua. It's behind the bus station and I never even knew about until my third trip to Antigua.

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    Reserva Natural Atitlan

    2 reviews

    While it can't compare to Guatemala's massive nature preserves and national parks in the North and East of the country, Reserva Natural Atitlan is still a terrific way to spend a couple hours once you're able to tear yourself away from the beauty of the volcano-rimmed Lake Atitlan. This lush 400-acre park offers some nice hiking (and safer hiking than ...

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  • 14

    La Casbah

    2 reviews

    Pretty good nightclub in Antigua. It is often full of tourists and foreigners looking for some excitement

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    San Juan del Obispo

    2 reviews

    Very much worth a bus ride up the hill. Large convent that is now a museum. Great restaurant opened weekends just as you enter town.

  • 16

    Capuchinas Convent

    2 reviews

    A must see if you are interested in the ruins in Antigua.

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    El Calvario

    2 reviews

    This is a 17th century baroque church, located at the south end of the city. Famous landmark, last Station of the Cross. With many festivities year round; in Holy Week with many processions.

  • 18

    Museo de Armas de Santiago Antigua Guatemala

    2 reviews

    If you are a huge military history buff then I guess you might find it interesting. If not it isn't worth your time

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    Mixco Viejo

    1 review

    You can visit the ruins of the old Mayan cities (such as Mixco viejo or Iximche) and ruins about an hour's drive from Antigua.

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    1 review

    A volunteer organization out of Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltrekkers runs hiking and camping expeditions into the surrounding mountains, and treks to destinations as far away as Lago de Atitlan. Their rates are cheap, the volunteers (a mix of foreigners and local people) are friendly and knowledgeable, and all profits from the outfit are donated to La Escuela de la Calle, a school ...

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