Are you looking for the best tours in Guatemala? Then look no further in this guide I’m going to share with you my top 5 tours to take in Guatemala. Guatemala is a country full of adventure and there are a few tours that you really shouldn’t miss.
I’m not always an advocate of an organized tour, I normally prefer to do it myself, but sometimes you just have to pay the cash and go with the masses. So here is my guide to the best things to do in Guatemala.
What Are The Best Tours in Guatemala?
- Hiking Acatenango
- Hiking Volcan Pacaya
- Indian Nose in Lake Atitlan
- Semuc Champey
- Tikal Ruins
1. Hike Acatenango in Guatemala
If you are looking for the ultimate adventure in Guatemala and you are in good health this is the tour for you. Hiking Acatenango in Guatemala is physically and mentally difficult but, it is so worth it. If you are really looking to push your physical limitations and go one step further then add a hike to Volcan Fuego on to your Acatenango tour. Because the hike to Fuego in Guatemala is difficult not many tour operators do it. The only tour company in Guatemala I would trust is OX Expeditions. You can read about my experience hiking Acatenango and Fuego here.
While it is possible to hike Volcano Acatenango alone, I really wouldn’t recommend it. Hiking Acatenango is no joke, 6 people died up there the weekend before I arrived back in 2017, it’s a serious hike and not to be underestimated. That said, it is the best tour in Guatemala if you love adventure.
2. Hike Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala
If a hike to Acatenango is a bit much for you (don’t worry it’s a bit much for most people) a day trip to Pacaya volcano is a great option. This is one of the best tours in Guatemala that is family friendly. You can choose to take a day trip to Pacaya or an overnight camping trip (lot’s of fun). Volcan Pacaya is an easy 1-hour walk up the volcano. However, if even that is a bit much for you, there is an option to ride a horse up there. You are not allowed to hike Pacaya without a guide so it’s not possible to do it alone. You can read about my experience hiking Pacaya here.
3. Take a Tour to Indian Nose in Lake Atitlan
Now this one involves a very early morning start, I’m talking 4 am. But it really is worth it. You will hike up in the dark and then get to watch the sunrise from Indians Nose over Lake Atitlan.
If you get lucky (like me) you might even get to see Volcan Fuego erupting in the distance. Although you could do this alone, practically it would be very difficult to get to the trailhead at this hour in the morning without transport.
In fact, I’m not sure you could even find the trailhead without a guide in the dark. Any tour company around the lake can take you to Indians Nose for around 100Q but I recommend paying extra and doing the tour with a guy called Matt. You can read about my experience hiking Indian Nose and how to get hold of Matt here. Don’t let the early morning start put you off it is one of the best tours in Guatemala I did and you soon forget the time when you see the sunrise over the chain of volcanos!
4. Take a Guided Tour of Semuc Champey
I really didn’t want to do this tour, even though many people told me it is one of the best tours in Guatemala. I just wanted to go and see Semuc for myself and chill without being dragged around on a guided tour. But my friend who had been working there for a few weeks convinced me to do it, and I’m so glad I did! It is well worth spending the money to do the tour of Semuc Champey. Without doing the tour I wouldn’t have been able to go into the caves or find the waterfall or big swing. You can read more about my experience on the Semuc Champey tour here.
5. Take a Guided Tour of Tikal Ruins
Oh, Tikal! We didn’t get on very well… Mostly because I was being tight and didn’t want to pay the money for the tour of Tikal ruins. Unfortunately, this backfired and I had a bit of a nightmare there. So take my advice book a guided tour of Tikal. You will be transported there and back and get a guided tour of Tikal. And if you don’t want to stay with the tour you can just head off on your own and meet them back at the transport later. You can take a read of my experience in Flores and Tikal here.
Final Thoughts on The Top Tours in Guatemala
Guatemala is full of fun things to do and adventures to be had. Many of the things you can do in Guatemala you can do without a guide like hiking Volcan San Pedro or visiting Chichicastenango. But you always have the option of booking a tour if you prefer.
The only company I recommend for booking transport and the best tours in Guatemala (other than the individuals and companies I have named) is GuateGo. They are a Guatemala owned company who have painstakingly brought together all of the transport and tour options in one easy to use website. You can book transport with them here and tours with them here.
If you have any other questions or need any questions answering feel free to comment below or send me an email.
Looking for Accommodation in Antigua?
There are 3 places I recommend Selina or Yellow House Hostel if you are looking for a hostel. Alternatively, if you want an Airbnb I can’t recommend this house enough. The owner Chelsea is a very good friend and I stayed in the larger one last time I was in Antigua. For hotels, I recommend Hotel Mesón de María, Barbara’s Boutique Hostel, or Hotel Paseo de la Merced.
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Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.