Guatemala

Before you travel to Guatemala, get some important facts about the country. It is a stunning place with endless natural wonder waiting to be explored!

Things to do - general

Guatemala Information

Guatemala offers Central America in concentrated form: its volcanoes are the highest and most active, and its Mayan ruins the most impressive. Guatemala is the Mayan heartland within Central America. Its indigenous culture is alive and well in the ancient ruins of Tikal, the Mayan/Catholic rituals of Chichicastenango and the blazing colors of everyday Mayan dresses.

Safety:

A new group of tourism civil police officers has recently graduated, making tourists security their goal. This group of specially trained officials cover most of the tourist attractions and routes in prevention of crime.
Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home. Be especially cautious in or avoid areas where you are likely to be victimized. These include crowded markets, bus stations, elevators, crowded tourist sites, festivals and marginal areas of cities.

Communications:

Guatemala’s phone system is working well and is reliable in places frequented by tourists. Mobile phones have taken over land lines in terms of popularity and although they are more expensive than Land lines they are usually much cheaper than using a hotel phone. The country code for Guatemala is 502. To call Guatemala from the United States, you dial the international access code (011) followed by the country code (502), and then the eight-digit phone number, in that order. There are no area codes in Guatemala. Mobile phones are very popular in Guatemala and locals rely heavily on their cells for basic communication needs, also because it can be difficult and time consuming to get a land line.

Mobile phones in Guatemala use the GSM network. If you have an unlocked GSM phone and plan on calling many local numbers then it makes a lot of sense to buy a prepaid Guatemalan SIM card on arrival. The rates will be much more economical than roaming on your US phone. There are 3 mobile companies: Movistar offers the cheapest rates. Claro costs more but has a better coverage and Tigo is in the middle: offering better rates than Claro and covering more of Guatemala than Movistar. Once you have a SIM card you can buy minutes at most grocery and convenience stores in Guatemala.

All major cellphone providers offer roaming in Guatemala. Check for connection requirements and costs before you leave!

The Internet country code of Guatemala is .gt

Vaccinations:

There are no required vaccinations for travel Guatemala, although in some provinces there is a malaria risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which posts its recommendations at www.cdc.gov.

The CDC’s bible for medical recommendations is called the Yellow Book and available online. From the website’s travel section, select Yellow Book / Build Custom Report to find risk assessments for yellow fever and malaria.

Country Republic of Guatemala
Visa requirements

Depending on the country you come from, stays are limited to 30 or 90 days. Check with the closest Guatemalan embassy for up-to-date information.

Languages spokenSpanish, Garifuna and 21 Maya languages
Currency usedQuetzal
Area (km2)109000
Population11 million (growth rate 2.5%)
People56% Spanish descent, 44% Mayan descent
ReligionRoman Catholic, Mayan-Catholic
GovernmentDemocratic
TimeGMT/UTC minus 6 hours
Electricity110V, 60Hz
Weights / measuresMetric
10 days - Mayan Treasures

10 days - Mayan Treasures

Prices starting at  US$1,347
Get the most of the ancient history of Guatemala with this Mayan ruins vacation package. Spend 10 days seeing the most impressive ruins in the country.
10 days - Taste of Guatemala

10 days - Taste of Guatemala

Prices starting at  US$1,175
See the most amazing locations on your Guatemala travel adventure! The Taste of Guatemala is one of our best vacation packages to see the entire country.
16 Days Vacation Package

16 Days Vacation Package

Prices starting at  US$2,245
Spend 16 days on your Guatemala Vacation! See all of guatemala on this long vacation deal. Many meals and lodging are included in this amazing travel package!
4 days - Survivor Advanced

4 days - Survivor Advanced

Prices starting at  US$480
If you are looking adventure travel in Guatemala, this is a fantastic 4 day vacation idea. Walk and camp in the jungle for 3 nights, seeing beautiful Mayan sites!
4 days - Survivor Intermediate

4 days - Survivor Intermediate

Prices starting at  US$545
Spend your Guatemala vacation in the jungles! For 3 nights, 4 days you will see wildlife, camp in the rainforest, and experience some of the greatest ruins in the world.
4 days - Survivor Moderate

4 days - Survivor Moderate

Prices starting at  US$808
This Flores vacation package is fun and active! For 4 days, 3 nights you will experience ruins, rainforest hikes, and some of the most beautiful sights in Guatemala.
6 days - Guatemala Executive

6 days - Guatemala Executive

Prices starting at  US$830
Our Executive package is one of the greatest Anitgua vacations you can take. This 6 day vacation package will let you see everything Guatemala has to offer!
7 days - Guatemala Highlights

7 days - Guatemala Highlights

Prices starting at  US$830
With this Guatemala itinerary that covers 7 days, you will see all the best places to visit in this beautiful country! Book your trip today!
9 Days Vacation Package

9 Days Vacation Package

Prices starting at  US$1,065
Enjoy your trip to Guatemala with our 9 day vacation package. This Guatemala itinerary allows you to see several of the beautiful locations around the nation.
Mini Packages in Antigua

Mini Packages in Antigua

Prices starting at  US$58
Visit Antigua, Guatemala with our 2 day vacations! These are very customizable and can have additional days added to make this the vacation of your dreams!
Mini Packages in Coban

Mini Packages in Coban

Prices starting at  US$256
Go on an amazing Coban vacation in beautiful Semuc Champey accomodations. This beautiful package can have additional days added to make it exactly what you want!
Mini Packages in Panajachel

Mini Packages in Panajachel

Prices starting at  US$124
Our Panajachel vacation packages are perfect for short vacations. If you want to turn it into a lengthy getaway, we can easily add additional nights!
Mini Packages in Tikal

Mini Packages in Tikal

Prices starting at  US$521
When visiting Tikal, trust the experts at Enjoy Guatemala! We will make sure you have the best Tikal vacation package available. Book today!
Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Prices starting at  US$69
Have a wonderful Eco-adventure Full Day Tour in the volcano cloud forest taking you through lush vegetation and abundant bird life!
Caribbean's Taste

Caribbean's Taste

Prices starting at  US$259
2 Day tour in Rio Dulce - Izabal, Guatemala, combining water sport and visits to archaeological sites.
Climbing Active Pacaya Volcano

Climbing Active Pacaya Volcano

Prices starting at  US$64
Climbing Active Pacaya Volcano in one and half hour. There are not many places in the world where you can almost step on floating lava!
Climbing Agua Volcano

Climbing Agua Volcano

Prices starting at  US$39
Climbing Agua Volcano tour in Guatemala and enjoy the majestic scenery over lunch and then descend on foot all the way to Antigua.
Colonial Antigua Full Day Tour

Colonial Antigua Full Day Tour

Prices starting at  US$99
Antigua Full Day Tour start at 8:00am, great to enjoy a wonderful landscape in this beautiful colonial city.
Colonial City of Antigua

Colonial City of Antigua

Prices starting at  US$145
Upon your arrival in Guatemala City one of our drivers will transfer you to the Colonial City of Antigua and takes 60 minutes approximately.
Copan Full Day Tour

Copan Full Day Tour

Copan Full Day Tour, one of the best preserved Mayan cities of the Maya world, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, in an amazing state of preservation.
Copan Two Days Tour

Copan Two Days Tour

Copan Two Days Tour, one of the best preserved Mayan cities of the Maya world. It will be a supplement to their knowledge about the life of the Maya.
Day Tours from Panajachel

Day Tours from Panajachel

Prices starting at  US$64
Enjoy 1 Day Tours from Panajachel. Includes Lake Atitlan, Hiking, Horseback riding, Biking, Kayak and Canopy
Half Day Tour in Antigua

Half Day Tour in Antigua

Have a good idea of the splendor that Antigua city lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth with this Half Day Tour
Hiking Guatemala

Hiking Guatemala

Prices starting at  US$39
Hiking Guatemala, a Cloud Forest half or full day tour. "A wonderful eco adventure, taking you through lush vegetation and abundant bird life"
Horseback Riding in Antigua

Horseback Riding in Antigua

Prices starting at  US$95
Horseback Riding in Antigua takes you on footpaths and trails on the slope of the Agua Volcano. Enjoy spectacular views with this Half Day Tour.
Mini Packages to Chichicastenango

Mini Packages to Chichicastenango

Prices starting at  US$159
When going to Guatemala, you can't miss out on Chichicastenango. We offer a two day vacation pacakge that will allow you to add on to any trip to customize your getaway.
Mountain Biking Antigua Valley Special

Mountain Biking Antigua Valley Special

Prices starting at  US$35
Mountain Biking Antigua Valley Special: The best way to know the surroundings of colonial Antigua and its three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango.
Mountain Biking Atitlan Special

Mountain Biking Atitlan Special

Prices starting at  US$95
Mountain Biking Atitlan Special: Experience the Lake Atitlan area to it's fullest. Mystic Mayan ruins, mountain villages, fields, farms and Volcanoes.
Splendid Tikal

Splendid Tikal

Prices starting at  US$355
Located only a short flight away from Guatemala City, Splendid Tikal full day tour gives you a good overview about the Mayan Splendors in Tikal.
Tikal: Voices of the Past

Tikal: Voices of the Past

Prices starting at  US$400
Our 2 day tour "Tikal: Voices of the past" will take you to the splendors of Tikal along with a qualified bilingual guide.
White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

Prices starting at  US$120
White Water Rafting in Guatemala. Coyolate river class II-III rapids. Board rafts for a full day of paddling through tropical lowland environment.
Wonders of the Mayan World Tour

Wonders of the Mayan World Tour

Prices starting at  US$472
Wonders of the Mayan World Tour: Great opportunity to understand more about the lives of the Mayas and to have a better look at this ancient society.
Westin Camino Real

Westin Camino Real

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Westin Camino Real is among Guatemala's finest hotels. It is located in the heart of Guatemala City's "Zona Viva", the capital's hub for business, shopping and entertainment.
Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

Lake Atitlan, Panajachel
The Hotel Atitlan is a luxury getaway in Panajachel overlooking Lake Atitlan. The hotel also includes award winning gardens and the finest cuisine in Central America!
Camino Real Tikal

Camino Real Tikal

Lake Peten Itza Tikal, Tikal
The Hotel Camino Real is situated within the Cerro Cahui Nature Reserve and overlooking Lake Peten Itza. This is the best hotel option to explore the Mayan treasures of Tikal.
Hotel Las Farolas

Hotel Las Farolas

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Hotel las Farolas combines the architecture of a colonial house with a beautiful garden and is located just a 5 minutes walk from the Central Park of Antigua.
Hotel Stofella

Hotel Stofella

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Stofella is an excellent value in the heart of Guatemala City - a good location and the modern amenities throughout the hotel guarantee a pleasant stay.
Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Museo Casa Santo Domingo is Antigua's most famous hotel and provides all the comforts within and around one of the grandest monasteries of the Americas
Hotel Real Intercontinental

Hotel Real Intercontinental

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
Hotel Intercontinental is located in the Zona Viva in walking distance from malls, shops, bars, restaurants, night clubs, and others, it makes an excellent base for all your Guatemala City needs.
Hotel Biltmore Express

Hotel Biltmore Express

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Biltmore is located in Zona Viva the center of the business and commercial part of the city and is very close to museums, restaurants, bars and shopping malls of Guatemala City.
Camino Real Antigua

Camino Real Antigua

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Camino Real is a centrally located Colonial Hotel at only 45 minutes from Guatemala City, offering Colonial style rooms and suites.
Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores

Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores

Flores Island, Flores
Price from US$ 1
The Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores hotel offers 45 comfortable rooms on the Island of Flores and next to Lake Peten Itza with some rooms having a view onto the lake.
Jungle Lodge

Jungle Lodge

Tikal National Park, Tikal
Price from US$ 298
Jungle Lodge is located within the boundaries of the National Park and surrounded by the pristine rainforest in Peten and providing comfortable accommodation.
Tikal Inn

Tikal Inn

Tikal National Park, Tikal
Price from US$ 230
Tikal Inn is only a 10 minute walk to the center of the Mayan ruins and located within the boundaries of the National Park and surrounded by the pristine rain forest.
Isla de Flores

Isla de Flores

Flores Island, Flores
Hotel Isla de Flores is among the most luxurious hotels on the island. The island of Flores is a small island in the middle of the Peten-Itza lake.
El Convento

El Convento

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
El Convento Boutique Hotel is a small boutique hotel in the heart of Antigua offering the attention and the comfort of an international first class hotel.
Cacique Inn

Cacique Inn

Panajachel, Panajachel
Hotel Cacique Inn is located two streets away from the main street and a comfortable 3 star hotel in Panajachel which has a beautiful tropical garden with a big swimming pool and one of the best restaurants in town.
Porta Hotel Antigua

Porta Hotel Antigua

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Porta Hotel Antigua provides the finest hospitality services in an area of Antigua which is surrounded by living history, tradition and romance!
Hotel Santo Tomas

Hotel Santo Tomas

Chichicastenango, Chichicastenango
The Hotel Santo Tomas is a charming hotel located in the center of Chichicastenango and thriving to make you stay an unforgettable experience
Soleil La Antigua

Soleil La Antigua

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Soleil La Antigua Resort and Conference Center consists of two colonial style buildings that are situated on a property with over 20,000 square meters and includes ample gardens and recreation areas for adults and children.
Soleil Pacifico Resort

Soleil Pacifico Resort

Pacific Coast, Pacific Coast
The Soleil Pacifico Resort offers lots of fun activities around the beach and is an ideal place for the entire family to enjoy a relaxing vacation.
Hotel Villa Caribe

Hotel Villa Caribe

Livingston, Livingston
Discover the magic and charm of a different Caribbean at the Hotel Villa Caribe which is surrounded by lush tropical rain forest between the Rio Dulce outlet and the Caribbean sea.
Hotel Vista Real

Hotel Vista Real

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
Hotel Vista Real is located in the most exclusive residential area of the Guatemala City and includes 129 suites, divided into Grand Class with Jacuzzi, Master Suites, Governor Suites and the spectacular Presidential Suite.
Amatique Bay Resort

Amatique Bay Resort

Puerto Barrios, Puerto Barrios
The Amatique Bay Resort & Marina is surrounded by white sand beaches and features an all service marina to handle vessels of up to 160 feet
Hotel Del Patio

Hotel Del Patio

Santa Elena, Flores
Hotel Del Patio is located only a few steps from Lake Peten Itza in Santa Elena and hotels colonial architecture combines with convenience and comfort.
Laguna Lodge

Laguna Lodge

Lake Atitlan, Panajachel
Laguna Lodge is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in its own nature reserve on the shores of Lake Atitlan and commanding best views over the waters of Lake Atitlan and 3 volcanoes as its backdrop.
Posada de Los Leones

Posada de Los Leones

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Posada de Los Leones is a luxurious inn for guests which appreciate the traditional colonial architecture including a garden courtyard and built in the Spanish-Moorish colonial style.
Palacio de Doña Leonor

Palacio de Doña Leonor

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Palacio Dona Leonor offers 12 luxurious rooms and suites in the heart of Antigua and stands out as a magnificently restored mansion from the 17 century.
Pension Bonifaz

Pension Bonifaz

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The Hotel Pension Bonifaz is a comfortable Bed & Breakfast in the center of Quetzaltenango with a rooftop garden and bar which offers a panoramic view of the majestic mountains!
Peten Esplendido

Peten Esplendido

Santa Elena, Flores
The Hotel Peten Esplendido is only a short distance from the Tikal Airport and located lakeside in front of the Island of Flores in Guatemala.
Posada de Don Rodrigo

Posada de Don Rodrigo

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo is a landmark hotel in Antigua Guatemala and offering a traditional experience in the center of this beautiful Colonial Town.
Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

Panajachel, Panajachel
Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo in Panajachel is just two hours away from its sister hotel in Antigua and situated on the shores of Lake Atitlan providing a peaceful setting to enjoy Panajachel.
Posada del Hermano Pedro

Posada del Hermano Pedro

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Posada el Hermano Pedro in Antigua is a colonial house dates which from the 16 th. Century which prides itself on a long tradition of hospitality, security and comfort for their guests.
Hotel Radisson

Hotel Radisson

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Radisson was renovated in 2007 and offers 115 elegant yet comfortable suites and the hotel also includes a concierge and a large convention center and features a Family and a Ladies floor.
Hotel San Carlos

Hotel San Carlos

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
Hotel San Carlos is a small luxury hotel located just outside of the Zona Viva next to the American Embassy and close to the most important financial and commercial centers and other attractions of Guatemala City.
Hotel Utz-Tzaba

Hotel Utz-Tzaba

Pacific Coast, Pacific Coast
The Hotel Utz-Tzaba is a perfect place to relax and letting your Guatemala vacation pass “en-revue” before you fly back home.
Meson de Maria

Meson de Maria

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Hotel Meson de Maria is located in the heart of Antigua just a few steps from the Calle del Arco.
Meson Panza Verde

Meson Panza Verde

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Meson Panza Verde is a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of Antigua Guatemala and includes one of the best restaurants in Guatemala.
Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Posada del Angel is an original Boutique Hotels in Antigua offering an authentic experience curated by locals which want to share Antigua's Mayan and Spanish heritages.
Mercure Casa Veranda

Mercure Casa Veranda

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Mercure is situated in the center of the famous entertainment district "Zona Viva" in Guatemala City.
Meson del Valle

Meson del Valle

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Hotel Meson del Valle is located in the heart of the beautiful city of La Antigua de Guatemala.
Palacio de Doña Beatriz

Palacio de Doña Beatriz

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Palacio de Dona Beatriz is a luxury bed and breakfast located in Antigua's best residential area just four blocks from the Art Gallery and in close proximity to the finest restaurants of Antigua.
Hotel Crowne Plaza

Hotel Crowne Plaza

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The Hotel Crowne Plaza is located in the beautiful residential zone 13 on Avenue of The Americas and is located in close proximity to the International Airport.
Clarion Suites Hotel

Clarion Suites Hotel

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
The recently renovated Hotel Viva Clarion Suites offers spacious suites in the center of Guatemala City.
Bolontiku Hotel

Bolontiku Hotel

Lake Peten Itza Tikal, Tikal
Bolontiku Boutique Hotel is located in San Andres on the shores of Lake Peten Itza and blends ecologically with the rain forest and keeps a good balance between nature and contemporary comforts.
La Lancha

La Lancha

Lake Peten Itza Tikal, Tikal
Hotel La Lancha is a thirty-minute drive away from the Mayan site of Tikal - a beautiful lodge overlooking Lake Peten Itza and offering secluded bungalows.
Hotel Marina Copan

Hotel Marina Copan

Copan Honduras, Copan Honduras
The traditional Hotel Marina Copan is overlooking the Central Plaza of the Mayan city of Copan
Hotel Clarion Copan Ruinas

Hotel Clarion Copan Ruinas

Copan Honduras, Copan Honduras
Hotel Copan Ruinas is next to the Archeological Park and the town of Copan. Situated on a hill and surrounded by mountains, the Posada Real de Copan offers an attractive panoramic viex and easy access to the Mayan ruins.
Casa Duranta

Casa Duranta

Coban, Coban
Casa Duranta is a small hotel in Coban and close to river cascades, breeding grounds for orchids, grotto's and other important natural reserves.
Casa Encantada

Casa Encantada

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The Casa Encantada is a lovely inn in the heart of Antigua just a few minutes stroll from the Central Park and many other of the attractions in Antigua.
Casa Palopo

Casa Palopo

Lake Atitlan, Panajachel
Casa Palopo is a 7-bedroom villa terraced into the hillside overlooking Lake Atitlan and three magnificent volcanos. The hotel is located in Santa Catarina Palopo, 7 km from Panajachel.
Casa Madeleine

Casa Madeleine

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Casa Madeleine is away from the bustle of the center of Antigua and offers a pampering array of Spa services.
Casa Santa Rosa

Casa Santa Rosa

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Casa Santa Rosa is a small Boutique Hotel in Antigua where guests can enjoy upscale rooms and suites which are surrounded by 2 beautiful gardens.
Hotel Caleta Azul

Hotel Caleta Azul

Pacific Coast, Pacific Coast
The Hotel Caleta Azul is situated on a precious island on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala and is surrounded by lush nature and you will spot many exotic birds that frequent the area.
Casa Capuchinas

Casa Capuchinas

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
The colonial-style Casa Capuchinas is located in the center of Antigua and close to the ruins of Capuchinas and Hotel Casa Santo Domingo.
Hotel Holiday Inn

Hotel Holiday Inn

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
Hotel Holiday Inn is conveniently located in the heart of business, entertainment and shopping centers of Guatemala City, the Zona Viva and only ten minutes from the Airport La Aurora (GUA).
Chiminos Island Lodge

Chiminos Island Lodge

Petexbatun Lagoon, Aguateca
Chimino's Island Lodge is located in Punta de Chimino on the beautiful Petexbatun Lagoon offering 5 attractive bungalows to enjoy the jungle and the views of the lagoon.
Conquistador Hotel & Conference Center

Conquistador Hotel & Conference Center

Guatemala City, Guatemala City
Ramada Conquistador Hotel is located in the heart of Guatemala City's financial district and was recently renovated and is just a five minute drive from the city's most prestigious shopping.
Casa Azul

Casa Azul

Flores Island, Flores
Casa Azul features rooms with A/C and shared terraces overlooking Peten Itza Lake on the North side of Flores Island.
Petex Batun Lodge

Petex Batun Lodge

Petex Batun, Aguateca
Petex Batun Lodge - imagine yourself walking through a tropical jungle among old Mayan palaces, or hiking in rainforest with abundant animal and plant life.
Casona de la Isla

Casona de la Isla

Flores Island, Flores
Casona de la Isla is among the few hotels on the Island of Flores offering 26 rooms with air-conditioning and a beautiful view of the lake.
Casona del Lago

Casona del Lago

Santa Elena, Flores
Casona del Lago sits on the shores of Lake Peten Itza in Santa Elena and is facing Flores Island including an outdoor pool and hot tub.
Ecolodge Ni'Tun

Ecolodge Ni'Tun

Lake Peten Itza Tikal, Tikal
The Ecolodge Ni'Tun is located 15 minutes by boat from Flores on the calm waters of Lake Peten Itza by surrounded by rainforests.
Hotel Mayan Inn

Hotel Mayan Inn

Chichicastenango, Chichicastenango
Hotel Mayan Inn is a charming inn which welcomes you into the old world of Spanish Colonial Times in the village of Chichicastenango which is famous for its shopping at the market on Thursday and Sunday.
Jaguar Inn

Jaguar Inn

Tikal National Park, Tikal
Price from US$ 230
Hotel Jaguar Inn Lodge is situated inside the Tikal National Park and is surrounded by jungle.