Starting at $2,525
Guatemala & Altiplano Path
Join us on this off-the-beaten-path 10 day/ 9 night trip in Guatemala, as we travel throughout the northwestern region of the country with visits to Chichicastenango, Quetzaltenango, and the main event: Huehuetenango.MORE INFORMATION Season 2023-2024
Starting at $2,650
Artisans, Adventure & Cultural Immersion
Dive into Guatemalan culture and landscape on our 11 day/ 10 night cultural immersion tour! Visit the ancient ruins of Tikal, explore the historic cobblestone streets of Antigua, immerse yourself in nature while we visit Río Dulce and so much more.More Information Season 2023-2024
Starting at $,2,750
Learn Spanish with Locals
Experience nature, culture, and Spanish language learning on our 12-day/11-night immersion trip to Guatemala while visiting iconic sites like Antigua, Tikal, and Lake Atitlán.More Information Season 2023-2024
Guatemala truly possesses an unmistakable magic known to both locals and visitors alike. A country full of cultural richness that goes back centuries in time, it is also home to incredible natural beauty and some of the world's friendliest and most cheerful people. It has also faced disaster, tragedy and injustice and continues to recover from the civil war and prevail over present day challenges. Still, like many of its Latin America neighbors, Guatemala and her people exhibit a resilience and indomitable spirit that is nothing short of inspiring.
Just be careful, you might come intending to stay a week only to find that the weeks turn into years and you're still around town pinching yourself because you can't believe it's all real. 😉
Spanish is the official language of Guatemala. As a first and second language, Spanish is spoken by 93% of the population. Twenty-two Mayan languages are spoken, especially in rural areas, as well as two non-Mayan Amerindian languages, Xinca, an indigenous language, and Garifuna, an Arawakan language spoken on the Caribbean coast. English is spoken widely in the prominent tourist destinations of La Antigua and Lake Atitlán
- Guatemala means “land of many trees”
- Coffee is Guatemala’s biggest export
- Lake Atitlan is the deepest lake in Central America
- Tikal Mayan ruins are in the jungle of northern Guatemala
- There are more than 30 volcanoes in Guatemala
- Guatemala has two coastlines
- The quetzal is the national bird
- Guatemala has 23 indigenous languages
- The vast majority of Guatemalans speak Spanish as first or second language
Find the most frequently asked questions below.
Guatemala food and drink is primarily influenced by the country's Maya and Spanish cultures. However, it also received influences from African and Caribbean cultures. We will be taking you to our favorite restaurants where you will get to try food local to Guatemala as well as some non traditional cuisine.
We do not recommend drinking tap water in Guatemala. For environmental reasons, try to avoid
buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water; ask your leader where filtered water can be found. It's also advisable to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Although there are parts of Guatemala that are dangerous, most tourist destinations are very
Credit cards are becoming more widely used in Guatemala, especially in upscale hotels, urban
centers, nice restaurants, and major tourist attractions. Smaller shops may accept credit cards
but will charge a fee, usually around 7 to 10 percent of the transaction amount. Visa and
MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in Guatemala.
If you're a U.S. citizen, all you'll need to visit Guatemala is a U.S. passport that's valid for at
least six months beyond the intended length of stay and proof of onward or return travel. U.S.
citizens can stay in Guatemala for up to 90 days without a visa.
Other countries - including those in the EU, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan,
Israel, and Switzerland - need a passport that's valid for at least three months beyond the
intended length of stay and proof of onward or return travel.
No. When you arrive at the airport or border, you’ll go through standard immigration procedures
and don’t need any special paperwork unless you’re planning an extended stay or are visiting
for reasons other than tourism.
Yes. There is a departure tax of US$30-$40, but it is usually included in the price of a flight.
Tipping is a personal choice and depends on the service rendered, but 10% is standard. Many
times gratuity is included at restaurants, but always double check the bill.
Guatemala has a tropical climate, with weather that is largely determined by altitude. Put simply, the higher up you go the cooler it gets. Lowland jungles and areas along the coast are usually hot and tropical, while mountainous destinations can be quite chilly. Travelers will find nice spring-like temperatures in cities like Antigua, Quetzaltenango, and Guatemala City.
Most outlets in Guatemala are 110 volts, the same as are found in the United States, Canada,
and Mexico. If you’re coming from one of these countries you won’t need to bring an adaptor.
Guatemala's currency is the quetzal, which is denoted by Q. Quetzal bills come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. The exchange rate is usually around Q7.5 - Q8 to 1
Most restaurants and hotels have wifi, but if you’d like to be connected outside of wifi zones, you
can buy a Guatemalan sim card.