Guatemala Tours & Trip Packages

Guatemala Tours & Trips

37 Guatemala trips. Tours from 13 tour companies. 376 reviews. 4.6/5 avg rating.

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Guatemala to Belize
4.8/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Flores, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park

Highlights

  • Gaze in wonder at the jungle-shrouded limestone temples of Tikal, one of the most impressive Mayan sites in the whole of Central America, as howler monkeys call from the canopy.
  • Relax and recharge on the white sands of Caye Caulker, a tiny Belizean island made for beach BBQs, snorkel trips and lazy afternoons spent swinging in a hammock.
  • Explore Livingston: a one-of-a-kind riverside town where the local culture is heavily influenced by the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna population.
  • Walk along cobblestone streets and shop for local handicrafts in the tiny inland island town of Flores.
  • Dig deeper into Mayan history – visiting lesser-known ruins and a mystical Mayan cave complex – around San Ignacio, a vibrant market town near the Belize-Guatemala border.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Belize Reef & Ruins
4.7/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
With a huge range of trip styles and themes, they cater to basically every type of traveler out there- even those with super specific interests.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Visits

Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, Tikal

Highlights

  • Explore the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, home to birds, crocs and monkeys
  • Hop over to Guatemala to tour Tikal, a wonder of the ancient Mayan civilisation
  • Float along the Caves Branch River to see the Mayan underworld
  • Snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a vital underwater habitat
  • Enjoy the laid-back island life of Caye Caulker

Themes

Birding, Cultural, Nature & Wildlife

What travelers are saying

"Friendly and helpful staff were happy to help with all our questions."

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Land of Belize
5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park

Highlights

  • Laze on the sandy shores of Caye Caulker off the coast of Belize. Swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean and snorkel through shallow reefs and atolls surrounding the cayes.
  • Join a group of local women at a co-operative in San Ignacio, where they’ll show you how to cook up some traditional recipes and talk about the organisation they founded.
  • Discover the remains of a once thriving Mayan city at the Lamanai Archaeological Site, reached by a boat trip that reveals some of Belize’s most colourful birdlife.
  • Take a day trip to the impressive Tikal National Park, just a hop, skip and a jump across the border into Guatemala. These Maya ruins have become one of the most important archaeological sites in Maya history.
  • Uncover the secrets of crystallised skeletons and crumbling palaces near San Ignacio that have been preserved in their natural glory.
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Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Maya Encounter
4.6/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Lake Atitlan, Panajachel, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park

Highlights

  • Spend two days exploring the island paradise of Caye Caulker – munch on barbecued lobster, snorkel around a coral reef, nap under palm trees, go kayaking or just kick back with a couple of worry-free beach days.
  • Hit the streets of Antigua with your local leader and climb to a vintage cross lookout for views of the city and the incredible volcano that towers over it. Then, enjoy heaps of free time to take photos, wander and people-watch.
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Juan La Laguna – a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family and see how they harvest their local medicinal plants.
  • Wander between stalls of rainbow handicrafts, fruits and flowers and get some haggling tips from your leader in the popular and colourful Chichicastenango Market.
  • Cruise up the Rio Dulce to your waterfront jungle lodge, then maybe grab a beer and relax while the sounds of nature fill the air.
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Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Local Immersion & Homestays

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Mexico, Belize and Guatemala Experience
By Contiki
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3/5 Average
100+ reviews
Group Tour
Why we love them
Their trips create life-long memories for young people setting off to discover the world.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

  • 12 Breakfast (B)
  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • Oaxaca: Stroll the cobbled streets of one of Mexico’s most authentic cities. Sample the epic street food and revel in the laid-back pace.
  • Oaxaca: Test your courage with a ‘straight up’ of this potent national drink.
  • Oaxaca: Explore one of the earliest cities of MesoAmerica. Then hit up the market for some local keepsakes.
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Themes

Cultural

What travelers are saying

"Ah there were so many amazing parts of my trip! I think the highlight would be when we went to Little Venice, Mykonos. We had a tour, a planned dinner, and then got to explore the nightlife. Our trip manager, Brendan, had transportation and recommendations throughout the night for us as well. After our night out in Little Venice, we went back to our accommodation and enjoyed its lively nightlife as well!"

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Ultimate Central America
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Basic - 2 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Visits

Antigua, Arenal Volcano, Boquete, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Chichen Itza, Colon, Copan, Granada, La Fortuna, Lake Atitlan, Lake Nicaragua, Leon, Mexico City, Monteverde, Ometepe, Pacific Coast, Palenque, Panajachel, Panama Canal, Panama City, Playa del Carmen, Salvador, San Cristobal, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park

Highlights

  • The stars of this trip are the dramatic and varied landscapes of lush Central America. If you’re thinking active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles – this trip has got you covered.
  • Escape the Mexican heat in the highlands of San Cristobal de las Casas. This old-world town is surrounded by indigenous villages that have retained their traditional customs and roots.
  • Get to know contemporary Maya life during a homestay in San Juan La Laguna, a lakeside village where you can share meals and conversation with a local family.
  • Clear sea perfect for swimming, shacks serving cold cerveza and sandy shores covered in starfish are waiting in the Bocas del Toro, where you spend three nights on Isla Colon.
  • Hike, cycle or zip-line through the steamy cloud forests of Monteverde – there’s so many ways to experience the lush canopies and unique Central American wildlife.

Themes

Cultural, High Adventure, Overland Journeys

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Nicaragua to Belize Discovery
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy

Visits

Antigua, Caribbean, Caye Caulker, Central America, Copan, Flores, Lake Atitlan, Salvador, San Ignacio, Tikal, Tikal National Park

Highlights

  • See the lava flow and crater at Masaya Volcano National Park – the first and largest national park in Nicaragua and a fascinating place to explore. 
  • Take a guided tour of the Copan ruins and archaeological site – a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilisation.  
  • Take a scenic boat ride on Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan, with 95% of the population of Mayan descent, and meet the shamanic keepers of Maximon and share a bottle of local spirits with them as they tell you stories of local life. 
  • Gaze in wonder at the jungle-shrouded limestone temples of Tikal National Park – one of Central America's most impressive Mayan sites, as howler monkeys call from the canopy. 
  • Relax and recharge on the white sands of Caye Caulker, a tiny Belizean island made for beach BBQs, snorkel trips and lazy afternoons spent swinging in a hammock.

Themes

High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Heart of Guatemala
4.5/5 Excellent
100+ reviews
Small Group Tour
Why we love them
They’re very committed to sustainable and responsible tourism and contribute to important initiatives like climate action.
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy

Visits

Antigua, Lake Atitlan

Highlights

  • Visit San Andres Itzapa and see the shamanic ceremonies devoted to San Simon, a popular chain-smoking saint that has stolen the hearts of the Mayan people.
  • Soak the day away in the volcanic hot springs in Xela, surrounded by lush, green ferns, volcanic landscape and rainforest trails.
  • Take an elaborately decorated chicken bus to a local market and witness the larger-than-life vegetables this region’s known for – decide for yourself whether it’s the result of the fertilizer or the blessings from God.
  • Visit Chichicastenango market – known as Chichi for short – and pick up your very own huipils (a traditional Mayan garment worn by women and girls) or some handmade jade jewellery.
  • Take a scenic boat ride on Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan, with 95% of the population of Mayan descent, and meet the shamanic keepers of Maximon and share a bottle of local spirits with them as they tell you stories of local life.
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Themes

High Adventure

What travelers are saying

"I've travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam, Morocco, Nepal and Egypt and had a brilliant time every time. The experience is better than most tours as you are in a small group that goes a bit more 'off the beaten track', and you don't get taken to endless shopping opportunites (i.e. a cousin's carpet shop). They also have higher ethics than most travel companies, they contribute to local charities and they avoid animal use (donkeys etc) where possible. The tour leaders we have had have all been wonderful, knowledgable and relaxed, with good english."

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Guatemala Reviews & Ratings

4.6/5  Excellent
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Jon H.

Feb 2023

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The Guatemala trip through CharlieTheTraveler had so much packed into 6 days.

The Guatemala trip through CharlieTheTraveler had so much packed into 6 days. I had such a good time on each daytrip and going to each attraction. I was intrigued by...

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Brianna M.

Feb 2023

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The company was well-organized and I enjoyed every activity they planned for this trip!

Although I have a friend from Guatemala who has told how magnificent the country is, I had never gone. One night I was doing research when I came across CharlieTheTr...

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Tom Walker

Feb 2023

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CharlieTheTraveler balanced nature and culture in this Guatemala trip.

CharlieTheTraveler balanced nature and culture in this Guatemala trip. It was awesome to go on the exhilarating excursions. I could not believe all of this way for o...

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Kelly E.

Feb 2023

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CharlieTheTraveler has all positive reviews online, which made it an easy choice to book my Guatemala trip through them.

CharlieTheTraveler has all positive reviews online, which made it an easy choice to book my Guatemala trip through them. They ensured I was safe throughout the trip ...

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Susan T.

Feb 2023

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CharlieTheTraveler did an amazing job keeping me busy with interesting and exciting activities on this trip.

The entire time I was in Guatemala, I seemed to forget about the stresses and worries of homelife, which is exactly what I wanted out of a trip. CharlieTheTraveler d...

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Guatemala Tour Selection Trips

  • Unless you’re truly ready for some driving adventures, don’t even think about renting a car in Guatemala, where rules of the road are virtually non-existent. 
  • Local public buses – typically crowded and accident prone -- are also highly problematic for getting around.
  • Taking a guided tour of Guatemala is the best guarantee of safety against road accidents and street crime, which is common in certain parts of the country. 
  • Since Guatemala is relatively compact, you can combine most of the top attractions in a well-run week-long tour. 
  • If one of your goals is to spot the elusive quetzal, a resplendent but reclusive tropical bird, your best chance is to find a tour that specializes in birding.

Additional details

The most prominent language spoken in Guatemala is Spanish. The major cities do have English speakers but it is always a good idea to carry with you a translation book or app. It is also advised that you use the “usted” conjugation when speaking to locals as a form of respect.

Guatemala has a very diverse and expansive history that can be seen prevalently throughout the country. There are several historic Mayan sites in Guatemala, Tikal and El Mirador being the most popular. The city of Antigua exhibits Guatemala’s Spanish influence during colonial times with many of its building dating back to that era.

Ways to Travel in Guatemala 

There are a variety of ways to travel Guatemala. If you’re trying to get a genuine feel for the country, exploring Guatemala over land is probably your best bet. Guided tours take care of the hassle of figuring out navigation and let you focus on the scenery. Guatemala bus tours are generally more affordable, though it is advisable to book with a reputable group tour company for safety reasons. 

Many travelers try to get a feel for Central America by visiting Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico in tandem. Or, visit one of Guatemala’s islands, such as Antigua, on your way to the French Guadeloupe from the British Virgin Islands.

Another way to experience Guatemala’s natural beauty is to go on an eco tour. On this environmentally friendly style of tour, you're sure to see the lush greenery that surrounds the country. Lago de Atitlán is a great place to see Guatemala’s colorful shrubbery and crystal clear waters.

Guatemala also has many volcanoes, many of which are still active today. The most popular volcano to visit is the active volcano Pacaya because it is only an hour away from Antigua and is relatively easy to hike compared to the other volcanoes with a higher elevation.

Guatemala Travel Safety

There are certain safety precautions that should be taken into account when visiting Guatemala.

Before your trip, make sure you know where your country’s embassy is in case of an emergency. If you are a citizen of the United States, then you should enroll in STEP which sends you safety notifications while on your trip.

When traveling around Guatemala, always be aware of your surroundings. In the cities, especially Guatemala City, be extra careful at night. It is also advised that you refrain from traveling between destinations at night. Traveling with a tour company is always recommended to ensure your safety.

What to do in Guatemala at night?

Because of safety concerns, visitors staying outside of resorts are also concerned about what they can do safely at night. Tourists are particularly cautious about what to do in Guatemala City at night.

Zone 10 is the nightlife center of the city, though it is recommended to only take cabs called by your hotel or restaurant for getting around the city. 

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