Guatemala Travel Guide

Guatemala may be a small country but it’s got more culture, history, and natural beauty than most larger countries. Travelers won’t be disappointed. If it’s history you’re looking for, Guatemala has the ancient Mayan pyramids of Tikal and Mirador as well as the historic city of Antigua. For culture lovers, there are over 20 indigenous groups from the Highlands that still retain their traditional culture. If you’re after natural beauty, Guatemala has some of the most beautiful volcanoes and lakes you will ever see.

In this travel guide, you’ll find loads of tips, advice, and inspiration for helping you plan your trip to Guatemala. All of this information is based on my 3 months traveling throughout the country, studying Spanish in Antigua, and working remotely in Lake Atitlan, Antigua, and Flores.

Preparing for your trip to Guatemala

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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Guatemala

Read this blog post to find out EVERYTHING you need to do to have a fabulous time in Guatemala. You’ll learn what the entry requirements are, how to stay safe and healthy, which SIM card to get, how to get around, and much more!

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What You Need to Pack for Your Trip to Guatemala

Are you wondering what to pack for your trip to Guatemala? Read this post to find out EXACTLY what to include in your Guatemala packing list. I’ll tell you what kind of luggage to bring, what clothes to pack, and much more.

Best Books on Guatemala

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15 Best Books to Read Before Your Trip to Guatemala

Are you traveling to Guatemala but don’t know much about the country? Check out this list of 15 of the best books about the country and its people. You’ll find books on its history, the Civil War, and the Maya people as well as novels set in this fascinating Central American country.

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18 Best Books to Read on the Ancient Maya

Are you traveling to Guatemala but don’t know much about the ancient Maya? Check out this list of 18 of the best books about the Mayan civilization and their ancient ruins. You’ll find books on Mayan history, culture, language, travel, and the archaeological ruins.

Guatemala Destination Guides

Where to Stay in Guatemala

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Where to Stay in Antigua

A guide to the best hotels and hostels in Antigua

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Where to Stay at Lake Atitlan

A guide to the best villages, hotels, & hostels at Lake Atitlan

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Where to Stay in Flores & Tikal

A guide to the best towns, hotels, and hostels around Lake Peten Itza

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