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Extraordinary Guatemala Tours & Vacation Packages

Explore one of Central America’s most culturally rich and diverse countries with one of our memorable Guatemala tours. Discover ancient ruins, colorful markets, and breathtaking landscapes. 

Our comprehensive travel packages include everything you need for a hassle-free trip, from flights and accommodations to tours and transfers. We have the perfect options for you, whether you’re departing from the US, UK, or Canada. 

Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s sights, sounds, and flavors for an authentic cultural experience to create a lifetime of memories.

Trips to Guatemala from Canada

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This country is the perfect destination if you’re looking to explore one of Central America’s most vibrant regions. Our guided vacation packages in Guatemala offer a unique opportunity to discover the country’s rich cultural heritage, natural wonders, and delicious cuisine.

Nestled in the continent’s heart, Guatemala has breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, vibrant markets, and colorful festivals. Highlights include the magnificent Tikal ruins and the beautiful Lake Atitlán.

Top points of interest in Guatemala


Discover fascinating places with our authentic Guatemala tours. Explore breathtaking attractions like the ancient Mayan city of Tikal and the majestic volcanos of Panajachel. Below are some highlights to consider.

Antigua, Guatemala


Antigua is a must-see destination for those interested in history and culture. As the former capital of the Captaincy General of Guatemala, its rich history dates back to the 16th century. 

The city’s well-preserved Spanish architecture with Baroque facades is a feast for the eyes. Visitors can admire the ruins of many catholic churches, which add to the city’s charm.

Antigua Guatemala is also famous for its Easter processions. These parades have occurred since the city became the capital and are a sight to behold. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere that attracts tourists worldwide.

Invest in Antigua Guatemala tours to explore the city’s cobbled streets, stunning architecture, and rich cultural heritage. Visit the charming markets, soak up its colonial history, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Chichicastenango


Chichicastenango, a town in the El Quiché department, is a cultural and historical center. It’s famous for its market, which attracts a significant number of tourists throughout the year. The market is vibrant and colorful, where visitors can buy local crafts, textiles, and fresh produce

Use Guatemala tours to explore sites like the town’s colonial-era church, Santo Tomás. It’s built on a Mayan temple platform and is an important pilgrimage site for Mayans and Catholics. 

The majority of the population is of native K’iche ethnicity. Visitors experience an authentic cultural experience, as the town is famous for preserving its indigenous traditions and customs.

Panajachel


This picturesque town stands in the highlands of Guatemala, on Lake Atitlán. Its beautiful location, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, makes it a popular tourist destination. 

Panajachel is popular for its lively atmosphere and colorful markets, which sell traditional handicrafts made by local artisans. Enjoy a boat tour of the lake, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. 

Panajachel is also an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area. Invest in Guatemala volcano tours or visit the nearby San Juan and Santiago villages for traditional Mayan culture and textiles.

Tikal


This impressive national park is one of the most significant archaeological sites of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilization

Located in the Petén province, it was once a capital of a belligerent state. It later became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Mayans. 

Its monumental architecture dates back to the 4th century BC, and many recognize its significance worldwide. It’s one of the most well-preserved Mayan archaeological locations and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Tikal National Park boasts an impressive array of wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars, and toucans. Immerse yourself in Mayan history while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle.

Guatemala: Off the beaten track


Our Guatemala tours take you beyond the typical tourist destinations to showcase the lesser-known but equally captivating spots. 

Explore the country’s natural wonders, like the Tajumulco Volcano, ancient Mayan ruins, and the Semuc Champey monument and surrounding waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the country’s unique charm with the flexibility of free time and the guidance of expert local guides.

Visit quaint villages, coffee farms, and remote hot springs to experience the true beauty of Guatemalan culture.

Apart from the popular tourist spots, several hidden gems are worth exploring. With our Guatemala guided tours, you can visit the main attractions and discover lesser-known points of interest. 

There are plenty of opportunities for independent travel, from trekking through lush forests to visiting charming local markets. Immerse yourself in the vibrant Guatemalan culture by attending local festivals, interacting with friendly locals, and sampling the delicious local cuisine. 

Create a customized itinerary that meets your interests and preferences. Our team provides all the necessary information and assistance to make your solo travels safe and unforgettable.

Book your trip to Guatemala with Exoticca

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Book your trip today, and let us handle all the details. Spend your time focused on creating unforgettable memories with authentic cultural experiences.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers

 
At Exoticca, we expertly craft our itineraries to offer a stress-free and unique experience. Our trips to Guatemala are all-inclusive and include flights, hotels, tours, and transfers. You don’t have to worry about organizing logistics; simply show up to enjoy your journey.

It’s important to note that not all packages include meals. Please verify your trip details before confirming your booking. 

We carefully select our local travel partners for their high safety, comfort, and reliability standards. Our expert guides know how to showcase the best of Guatemala while keeping you safe.

Indulge in Exoticca’s Guatemala vacation packages for all-inclusive convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

Guatemala partially or fully guided tours


Our packages allow you to fully immerse yourself in the rich culture and breathtaking scenery this country offers. Choose from independent, guided, semi-escorted, or escorted tours for something that suits your travel style.

Our local guides are experts in showcasing the best of Guatemala and offer the flexibility to explore each site at your own pace. If you prefer a more personalized program, opt for a private tour with our expert travel agents to create your dream trip. 

Our digital itinerary app provides 24/7 assistance on devices with internet connectivity. It makes your travel tours in Guatemala as stress-free as possible.

Crafted by our own travel experts


Looking for an exceptional travel experience? Our team of travel experts uses their knowledge and personal background to curate interesting and unique travel packages.

Our itineraries feature iconic tourist attractions and hidden gems thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the region. We carefully choose our local partners to ensure the highest safety, comfort, and reliability standards

We believe that travel should be accessible and affordable to everyone. We offer a range of Guatemala packages and tours to suit different interests, budgets, and travel styles. Our team is always ready to assist and offer advice, ensuring your travels are safe and stress-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need in Guatemala?

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The number of days required to experience Guatemala entirely depends on your interests and itinerary. We recommend at least 7–10 days to explore the major attractions and cultural sites.

What should you know before going to Guatemala?

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Before booking your trip to Guatemala, here are some vital tips to consider:

  • Ensure that you’re up to date on vaccinations for typhoid, rabies, yellow fever, and more.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases, so pack a reliable bug spray for protection.
  • Consider the harsh sun in Guatemala when packing. Ensure that you have light-weight clothing and sunscreen that provides enough protection. 
  • Respect the local conservative religious customs. 
  • Avoid drinking tap water to keep parasites away.

What is Guatemala best for?

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Enjoy Guatemala’s ancient Mayan ruins, vibrant culture, colonial architecture, captivating landscapes, and diverse cuisine. It’s also known for its traditional textiles and colorful markets.

What are the best months to go to Guatemala?

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November to April is a popular time to visit as the weather is pleasant. Visit from May through October if you don’t mind a little rain and appreciate fewer crowds with lower prices. Guatemala is rich with activities to do and sights to see all year round.

Do I need malaria pills for Guatemala?

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The risk of contracting malaria during a trip to Guatemala varies depending on the region and time of year. Consult with a healthcare provider familiar with travel medicine to determine whether it’s necessary for your itinerary and medical history.

Guatemala Travel advice

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A small Central American country with a huge Maya legacy, Guatemala is a bucket-list travel destination which encompasses biodiverse rainforests, volcanoes, highland lakes, beaches, and mysterious jungle ruins. Travelers often choose a tour of Guatemala to walk amongst the relics of the lost city of Tikal, where astrologically designed Maya pyramids reveal the secrets of an ancient civilization. 

Although cities of the classical Maya period have long laid abandoned, on a trip to Guatemala you can meet authentic Maya communities in the remote hillside villages of the highlands, for a cultural experience like no other. Take a tranquil cruise on the scenic Dulce River and spot birdlife from heavenly Lake Atitlan for a taste of the pure, virgin wilderness that Guatemala possesses in abundance. With coastlines on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Guatemala shares land borders with Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico. 

The capital, Guatemala City is home to a mish-mash of charming colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers, whilst the nearby city of the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala retains more of its Spanish-era charms and is famed for its avant-garde Easter week celebrations. Prepare for a trip through wildlife-rich rainforests, picture-perfect highlands and the kind of ancient ruins which leave you with goosebumps, on a Guatemala holiday package.

 

History of Guatemala

Once the heartland of the century-spanning Maya civilization, Guatemala is bursting with fascinating historical sites. Countless ruins across the country, such as the magnificent ruins of Tikal, whisk visitors back across the centuries. 

In the year 900 AD, classical Maya civilization collapsed, and many of these ancient cities, which today are the highlight of a Guatemala vacation package, were mysteriously abandoned. Regional kingdoms filled the void of the all-encompassing Maya civilization, with kingdoms such as Itza, Kejache and Q’eqchi among the most famous. The Spanish influence in Guatemala began in the early 16th-century, with contact among the Europeans and indigenous populations resulting in fatal epidemics among the native population. 

Under Spanish rule, Guatemala was incorporated into the kingdom of New Spain and suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the 18th-century. Independence came to Guatemala in 1821, along with much of Central America. The later 19th-century was characterized by persistent instability, resulting in a dictatorship which would endure throughout a long list of successive leaders.

A pro-democracy military coup in 1944 marked the beginning of a decade-long revolution and the 60s saw widespread civil war and the devastation of Maya communities. In 1996, a peace accord between the government and guerilla forces brought harmony at last, and since then, Guatemala has seen good economic growth and has remained a thriving democracy. 

 

Nature in Guatemala

Guatemala has it all: mountains, beaches, coastal enclaves and the lush tropical rainforests of the leafy Petén region. The giant Tamjulco volcano is the highest point in the whole of Central America at 4,220 meters high. Volcanoes and glistening lakes typify the highlands of Guatemala, with magical Lake Atitlan among the most popular natural attractions. Situated in a huge volcanic crater in the southwest highlands, Lake Atitlan is simply breathtaking. 

The dramatic scenery of volcanoes, hills and quaint Maya villages surround the shoreline and a nearby nature reserve and a butterfly garden offer plenty of outdoor activities for visitors on holiday in Guatemala. Visitors to Lake Atitlan can also swim and kayak in the crystalline waters, in the shadow of the San Pedro Volcano. 

Filled with abundant natural beauty, a few icons stand out as must-visit sights on a Guatemala tour. Semuc Champey is an impressive limestone pool system, formed into tiered aqua-blue pools, surrounded by lush forests. You can’t get a more picture-perfect sight than this! 

Furthermore, no Guatemala tour package is complete without a cruise on the calm waters of the Rio Dulce, where you can enjoy laid-back sailboat rides or energetic kayak excursions to get closer to the wildlife and sheer natural beauty of the environment.

 

Culture in Guatemala

If you take a trip to Guatemala you’re sure to fall for the diverse and colorful national culture. Guatemalan culture, generally speaking, is heavily influenced by the two largest ethnic groups, the indigenous Maya and the ancestors of the Spanish conquistadors, often known as mestizos.

Although Spanish is the official language, a plethora of Maya languages are widely spoken, such as quiche. Christianity, and most predominantly, Roman Catholicism, plays a huge role in everyday Guatemalan life and culture. Traditional Maya religions are still prevalent too, and in some parts of the country, both religious traditions have become intertwined, resulting in very unique religious practices, such as the worship of Maximón. 

Within the long-abandoned ancient Mayan ruins, offerings, both modern and more traditional, are still left upon altars in honor of the gods. Guatemala City is filled with museums, libraries, and galleries in which to delve into the past and present of Guatemalan culture. 

Traditional arts and crafts in Guatemala include basketry, blanket weaving, embroidery, and wood carving and the most popular sport is Futsal, a form of football similar to 5-a-side. Guatemala’s national team is one of the best in the world!

Travel to Guatemala, a natural paradise, where untouched rainforest seems to go on forever and ancient civilizations remain intact in idyllic hillside villages and awe-inspiring Maya ruins. A treasure of Latin America, Guatemala possesses the kind of uncompromising charm that’s hard to find in the modern world.

 

Guatemala travel information

  • Entry requirements

    Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Guatemala.

  • Visa

    Visa not required

  • Time zone

    UTC - 06:00.

  • Currency

    Guatemalan Quetzal

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Tourist Office website

  • Electricity

    120V, 60 Hz.

  • Other useful information

    Inches are used to measure small objects in Guatemala. One inch equals 2.54cm

  • Health

    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

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