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Introducing Guatemala

When is the best time to visit? 
The weather in Guatemala is generally split between two seasons — dry and rainy. The dry season generally runs from mid-October to late April, with the other half of the year being the rainy season. That being said, tourism is still alive and thriving during the rainy season as we're not dealing with monsoon-type rains, think more afternoon/evening showers. Depending on your goals while visiting Guatemala, each season has its benefits. Overnight camping and long hikes favor the dry season, while birding, morning adventures, and smaller crowds are best during the rainy season. Learn more

Where to go in Guatemala? 
A few of the top sights that most people think of when visiting Guatemala are Antigua, Lake Atitlan, one of the many volcanoes, and the Tikal ruins. When you search Guatemala they will be the top sights, although if you are open to getting a little more off the beaten path, Guatemala has so many wonders to experience including the beautiful hiking trails in the Western Highlands, the rivers and caves in Alta Verapaz, black sand Pacific beaches, mountain biking trails in every corner, and many more. Let us know what types of adventure you're seeking and we'll help recommend the right areas.

How many days do I need?
Although Guatemala is a fairly small country in size, the variety in Mayan culture and drastic landscapes make it huge! At least a week is recommended to get a feel for the different experiences this country has to offer.

Getting Around Guatemala
There are two main airports in Guatemala, La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, and Mundo Maya International Airport in Flores—close to the Tikal ruins. Once in the country, it's best to get around by private transfer or shared tourist shuttle (minibus or coach). Learn more

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Lake Atitlan with volcanoes in the background
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Best of Guatemala - 8 Days

This one-week trip packs in all the highlights of beautiful Guatemala, from touring Mayan ruins and climbing an active volcano to exploring the stunning landscape. Hike, bike, and kayak around the country as you discover the picturesque colonial city of Antigua, the magic of Lake Atitlan, and the history of Mayan civilization at Tikal.

View of Agua volcano from Antigua, Guatemala
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Mayan Adventure in Guatemala - 6 Days

This trip to the heart of Central America offers fascinating historical culture, thrilling adventure, and jaw-dropping vistas. You'll fall in love with the charming colonial city of Antigua, learn about ancient Mayan civilization, and hike and bike some of Guatemala's stunning mountain volcanoes.

Overlooking Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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Luxury and Mayan Culture in Guatemala - 8 Days

Immerse yourself in ancient Mayan culture while traveling in style on this 8-day trip to Guatemala. Pamper yourself in luxury hotels and see the sights from above as you fly by helicopter to some of Guatemala's best attractions. You'll bask in the beauty of magical Lake Atitlan, discover the charming colonial city of Antigua, and participate in a Mayan ceremonial ritual.

View of the volcano from Antigua, Guatemala
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Best of Guatemala & Copán - 13 Days

Delve into the incredible natural beauty and diverse cultures of Guatemala and Honduras on this two-week trip. Discover Maya ruins, towering volcanoes, and vibrant cities through a well-rounded mix of outdoor adventures and cultural encounters. You'll roam around colonial Antigua, kayak on stunning Lake Atitlan, and browse the artisan markets in indigenous Maya towns.

Antigua's Santa Catalina Arch
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Highlights of Guatemala - 10 Days

Experience the rich culture and natural beauty of Guatemala on this 10-day, action-packed itinerary. Stroll the cobbled streets of colonial Antigua, tour Lake Atitlán by boat, and hike around indigenous villages and towering volcanoes. Finally, experience living history as you explore ancient Maya ruins at Iximché and Tikal.

Watch Volcan de Fuego erupt from your campsite on Volcan de Acatenango
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Multi-Sport Adventure in Guatemala - 8 Days

You're in for a week of adventure on this action-packed trip to one of Central America's lesser-known gems. Discover the rugged natural beauty of Guatemala as you hike, bike, and kayak around its most stunning attractions and charming towns. You'll camp out overnight on a volcano, go mountain biking through colorful indigenous villages, and paddle through the waters of magical Lake Atitlan.

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How Many Days Should You Spend in Guatemala?

Guatemala's relatively small size allows you to comfortably visit its iconic volcanoes, colonial cities, and Mayan ruins in around seven days. But even in as few as five days,...

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Explore Guatemala's Tikal National Park to see ancient Maya ruins
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2 Weeks in Guatemala - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In two weeks you can travel the whole of Guatemala and enjoy its greatest attractions, both natural and manufactured. Combine nature and culture with walks around Spanish colonial Antigua, boat rides on Lake Atitlán, hikes to volcano peaks, and tours of ancient Maya ruins. For more indigenous history, visit Tikal National Park, followed by a jaunt to the Caribbean to neighboring Belize. And if you want to test your endurance, opt for a multi-day mountain-biking adventure or volcano circuit hike.

Guatemala's Agua, Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes in the dawn light
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10 Days in Guatemala - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

In 10 days, you can visit many regions of Guatemala, embark on active tours, and see the major highlights. It's also enough time to enjoy off-the-beaten-path trips to indigenous villages, coffee plantations, and natural wonders hidden in highland rainforests. Beyond visiting ancient Maya ruins and taking boat rides down jade rivers, you can also embark on multi-day mountain biking tours and hikes to volcano peaks.

Admire the ancient Maya ruins of Guatemala's famed Temple of the Great Jaguar in Tikal National Park
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7 Days in Guatemala - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week in Guatemala, you can experience the best of multiple regions of this beautiful country. Tour Antigua, Lake Atitlán, and visit Tikal National Park, all in one trip. Or test your physical endurance on hikes up not one but three different volcanoes. Moreover, you can embark on a combined Belize-Guatemala trip that includes diving around coral islands and seeing ancient Maya ruins on horseback in seven days.

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Chris Gwinner
active 5 days ago

Chris Gwinner

I am passionate about adventure travel and feel very lucky to be able to share that passion with others through Old Town Outfitters. I'm originally from Savannah, Georgia but have been living...

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Travel specialist Eduardo Celada
active 1 day ago

Eduardo Celada

My passion for showing the beauty of Guatemala began when I was traveling in Guatemala as a tourist in my own country. After working in several hotels and other tourism related businesses, I...

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Travel specialist Esteban Tittaferrante
active 2 days ago

Esteban Tittaferrante

I am passionate about travel and I like that every traveler gets the best possible experience that they will never forget in their lives, so I try my best every time, because I do it with love with...

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Travel specialist Catherina Tittaferrante
active 22 hours ago

Catherina Tittaferrante

I create personalized tours based on our travelers' passions to show them the real Guatemala. I take care of logistics, organizing and confirming every single detail needed to make your experience...

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Trip Reviews for Guatemala

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Exactly the vacation we wanted - KimKim delivered, above and beyond.
Guatemala | Jul 7 - Jul 12, 2022

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James K.
Seattle, WA | Aug 15, 2022

We had exactly the vacation we wanted - a great mix of new experiences and natural beauty. We were always just far enough outside our comfort zone to keep us fully present and engaged. Chris did a fantastic job of understanding what we were after. Starting with a stay at the Camino Real was perfect: international luxury, poolside dining and opulence. Then, a hotel that doubles as a working horseracing track and some time in Chiquimula, a town that feels like one huge, endlessly bustling... read more

We had exactly the vacation we wanted - a great mix of new experiences and natural beauty. We were always just far enough outside our comfort zone to keep us fully present and engaged. Chris did a fantastic job of understanding what we were after. Starting with a stay at the Camino Real was perfect: international luxury, poolside dining and opulence. Then, a hotel that doubles as a working horseracing track and some time in Chiquimula, a town that feels like one huge, endlessly bustling market. Next, a boutique garden hotel in the heart of Antigua, so we could soak up the architecture and history of the old capital. Finally, a couple of days in a cliffside hotel dangling over Lake Atitlan, maybe the most beautiful location in Central America. Our drivers and guides were warm, helpful and fun, and great with our kids. We are so, so happy that we booked this trip through KimKim.

Hotel Reviews
The Westin Camino Real, Guatemala
Guatemala City

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to stay in a top-tier international hotel "back in the day," this is the place. Everything they do is casual, confident luxury. The pool is perfect and perfectly maintained, because of course it is. You can get huge portions of excellent food poolside, or in your room, or in the restaurant because why wouldn't you? The beds are unbelievably comfortable and quiet. The staff is friendly and helpful. Things are ready when they are supposed to be, or sooner. They have a spare of whatever you lost. They know how to help you find the place you can't remember the name of. They are the Westin Camino Real, they've been doing this since people flew in on PanAm 707s. It's the only way they know how to do things: perfectly.

Authenticity & Character
"Authenticity" is about being an old-style international hotel, though. It's not the most "authentic" place in terms of feeling like you are in Guatemala.
Location
Wide array of shopping and dining places in walking distance. Luckily, in recent years, it's become much, much safer to be a pedestrian in Guatemala City.
Staff
Every single interaction with staff was friendly and pleasant.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Finca Los Laureles
Jerico

We really enjoyed Finca Los Laureles, but I think some aspects suffered from how empty it was at the time. I think there were, maybe, two other rooms occupied during our stay. That was probably why there were very few employees on site, too. Coupled with the sprawling, rustic layout of this hotel, it added up to something of a ghost-town experience. We wandered around a lot, wondering where things were, or if we were really supposed to be in the places we ended up. We had an odd but wonderful dinner on, I think, the back porch of a restaurant but never figured out where the front entrance was. All in all: lots of wonderful moments with some confusing times, too. I suspect that this would have been a very solid 5-star review if we had stayed here during a busier season.

Authenticity & Character
There's definitely a lot of character to Los Laureles. The decor is something like "horse paddock" crossed with "Route 66 roadside attraction." There's a small zoo. The grounds cover god knows how many acres, but the rooms directly face the pool. It's odd and charming and memorable.
Location
Remote to Guatemala City, but not too far from Chiquimula. It a beautiful, quiet part of the country. You'll see plenty of birds and other wildlife, but not many people.
Staff
The people we dealt with were wonderful. We had only one issue: there weren't many staff members, and we often couldn't find someone. That really seemed to be due to it being the lowest part of the off-season, so not really unreasonable.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Would like to give 4 1/2 stars here. The only issue in terms of "comfort" was that a lack of staff combined with a lack of signage meant that we really struggled to find things, and wandered aimlessly around the place at times.
Hotel San Jorge
Antigua

So pretty, in such a perfect spot. Great little restaurant, friendly staff. So, why not 5 stars? The heat. Antigua gets pretty hot, and stays warm pretty late into the evening. There are lot of bugs, particularly mosquitos around. So, some hotels have AC. Some have fans. The rest of the places at least have screens on the windows, or mosquito netting, or both. The Hotel San Jorge has no AC, or fans (even in the bathrooms), or screens or netting. Also, they keep bright lights on all night in the courtyard, and are in a fairly noisy part of town. That means trying to sleep in stifling heat, or trying to sleep while coated in bug spray with something over your eyes against the light and, if possible, ear plugs. So, the rest of our experience was lovely, but we got very little actual sleep - which is a key part of what you generally want from a hotel.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Add screens to the rooms, look into dimming or shielding courtyard lights. For a few hundred bucks, you could increase customer comfort dramatically. I can understand not adding AC, or fans, but just putting screens on the windows is not going to ruin the charm of your hotel.
Casa del Mundo
Lake Atitlán

It's hard to really separate "just the hotel" from the rest of the experience. Lake Atitlan is always going to be the star of any visit here. The lake, the surrounding volcanos, the trails and villages around it...it's just so endlessly beautiful. Casa del Mundo does a great job of understanding this. The layout is vertical and shallow, so that wherever you go, you are looking at the lake. There's not a lot of "building," other than the restaurant and front desk. There are patios and benches everywhere between and above the rooms. There's no AC, but there are windows with screens and cross-ventilation so you can have your windows open and hear the water lapping at the rocks. They enforce a 10pm quiet hour, which helps make that work for everyone. Be aware, this maybe isn't for everyone: you can only get here by (a smallish) boat, and there are a LOT of stairs in getting up from the lake to the hotel. If you aren't able to face 60-70 stairs on a regular basis, or you like to travel with 3-4 suitcases, you might not enjoy this place nearly as much.

Authenticity & Character
The hotel gives you some of this, but if you really want 5-stars-worth of authenticity, you need to get out and around to the surrounding villages, starting with Panajachel.
Location
Would give 20 stars if possible.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
So many cute, cool places to just sit and look at the lake, or even dive off the rocks into the water. It's not a "super soft pillows' kind of comfort, more of a "good for the soul" kind.
Local specialist: Chris Gwinner
Chris
Chris Gwinner
Local specialist in Olopa | Aug 15, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review Jason! I'm glad your family was able to visit Guatemala during these times and enjoy your vacation with our local team. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

One week highlight of Belize and Guatemala
Guatemala | Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2022

Marisa
Marisa C.
Lexington-Fayette, KY | Jul 27, 2022

We scheduled a one week trip to Belize and Guatemala on a whim, and I’m so glad we did!! Eduardo Celada was our specialist and made everything perfect and seamless. We had a lot of moving parts, and he had everything arranged perfectly. He put together a flawless itinerary and scheduled excellent drivers and guides to help us along the way. Our accommodations were exactly what we expected. Thank you to our drivers Cameron, Floyd, Fernando, and Ivan. Our guides were incredibly informative and... read more

We scheduled a one week trip to Belize and Guatemala on a whim, and I’m so glad we did!! Eduardo Celada was our specialist and made everything perfect and seamless. We had a lot of moving parts, and he had everything arranged perfectly. He put together a flawless itinerary and scheduled excellent drivers and guides to help us along the way. Our accommodations were exactly what we expected. Thank you to our drivers Cameron, Floyd, Fernando, and Ivan. Our guides were incredibly informative and helpful too. Thank you Olivero and Viny. If you want a fun-filled trip, let Eduardo at Adventure Guatemala arrange it for you!!

Hotel Review
Jungle Lodge Tikal
Peten

We loved being in the jungle! Our room was perfect, and the food was excellent!

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Activity Reviews
Snorkelling day tour at Caye Caulker
Caye Caulker

We enjoyed our snorkeling trip! We swam with sharks and sea turtles!!

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Cave tubing tour
San Ignacio
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
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Explore Tikal National Park
Guatemala

Wow! This place is pure magic! We made it to a sunset on top of a pyramid, and what a view. We saw animals and birds and appreciated being amongst some of the greatest Mayan ruins.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Olivero is very proud of his culture, and it showed. He knew so much about the Mayan culture!
Transport
Lake Atitlan - Village Tour
Guatemala

This experience showed us Guatemalan culture at its finest. Our boat trip to three different villages was a highlight of our trip! We saw festivals, a parade, and beautiful locales. Viny and Ivan were a great driver and guide team. We appreciated their knowledge and sensitivity to our safety. They always made sure that our safety came first.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Viny and Ivan were amazing! We would recommend them for everyone!!
Transport
Ivan was careful and considerate of our safety.
Local specialist: Eduardo Celada
Eduardo
Eduardo Celada
Local specialist in Guatemala | Jul 27, 2022

Thank you for all this feedback, we have no doubt that this will help us to get more folks interested in this route which is impressive.

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review, Marisa!!
I'm highly glad you had a great time on the Program activities you and I built for this unforgettable tour. It is very helpful to know that you had a great time with our team guiding you around the country. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!

Volcano + Tikal !
Guatemala | Jul 12 - Jul 23, 2022

Aytch
Aytch D.
Tacoma, WA | Jul 25, 2022

Our entire trip that was planned through Old Town was incredible. Chris was helpful with the logistics and ensuring our trip was easy to navigate. Our driver, Ivan, and our guide, Jossua, were both incredible and engaging. We already miss them !We loved the hot springs we spent the night at, and the lagoon hike outside of Zunil. Thank you to entire team who made our trip memorable and easy. read more

Our entire trip that was planned through Old Town was incredible. Chris was helpful with the logistics and ensuring our trip was easy to navigate. Our driver, Ivan, and our guide, Jossua, were both incredible and engaging. We already miss them !We loved the hot springs we spent the night at, and the lagoon hike outside of Zunil. Thank you to entire team who made our trip memorable and easy.

Hotel Review
La Fortuna Atitlan
Santa Cruz la Laguna

Best place to stay on the lake !!

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Chris Gwinner
Chris
Chris Gwinner
Local specialist in Olopa | Jul 25, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review Aytch and Tovah! I'm glad you had a great time on the volcanoes and spending time with our team and Jossue guiding you around the country. Be sure to spread the word to your friends and family, the more people know about Guatemala the better. Hope to see you back again soon, cheers!