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Guatemala has a lot going for it: Caribbean coast, Pacific coastline and lush forests and jungles inland. Planning a holiday in Guatemala? Catch flights to Guatemala City’s main airport La Aurora International Airport (GUA) onboard KLM, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Iberia, among others.
Guatemala enjoys hot balmy days on the Pacific Coast, especially in March and April and generally mild days the rest of the year. Rainy season can make travelling to rural areas quite difficult as many roads close between mid-May and mid-October. Book your flights to Guatemala at least six months in advance.
Flights to Guatemala take around 15 hours with stopovers from London.
There’s plenty to discover in Guatemala from Mayan ruins to volcanoes, beaches, lakes and emerald-coloured rivers. Pack your trekking shoes because you won’t want to spend your entire Guatemala holiday in the city. Let’s explore!
Antigua Guatemala: This is the main hub for tourism in Guatemala, with its crumbling buildings and cobble-stone streets. The place is picture-perfect and a favourite for photographers. From here day trips to Volcano Pacaya are easy. Don’t miss the marketplace in nearby Chichicastenango.
Rio Dulce: If you can imagine an emerald-coloured river that lazily flows out to the Caribbean Sea, this is it. It’s right on the border with Honduras and Belize. Hit the hot springs at Pinca Paraiso, visit the historic San Felipe de Lara Castle and birdwatch in the early morning.
Lake Atitlan: This is a popular spot because it’s simply gorgeous. This volcano-rimmed lake is a backpacker hot spot with plenty of hostels and Mayan villages to explore.
Find more information on Visit Guatemala.
Just about every town, village and city in Guatemala will have at least a couple “hospedajes,” cheap budget hotels. They usually consist of a private room with a communal bathroom. You’ll find higher quality hotels in built-up tourist areas.