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.
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