Guatemala is located in Central America and is known for its Mayan ruins, many volcanoes, impressive Lake Atitlan, and culture. There are plenty of charming towns in Guatemala (like Antigua and Flores), along with breathtaking natural wonders.
Guatemala quick facts
- Population: 16.9 million
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Guatemalan quetzal (GTQ)
- Capital city: Guatemala City
- Country size: 42,042 square miles
- High season: December through March
Top 10 things to do in Guatemala
- Explore the impressive Mayan ruins of Tikal
- Hike Pacaya or Acatenango, some of Guatemala’s active volcanoes
- Swim in the clear turquoise waters of Semuc Champey
- Explore the colorful streets of Flores
- Go kayaking on the stunning Lake Atitlan
- Explore the small towns around Lake Atitlan
- Visit the Chichicastenango market for traditional Mayan goods
- Hike to the Indian Nose viewpoint for stunning lake views
- Take cheap Spanish lessons in Antigua
- Try popular Guatemalan dishes like chicken pepián and pupusas
Chicken buses, which are old decommissioned American school buses, are the most popular way to get around Guatemala and what all the locals use. Chicken buses are cheap at about $1 an hour, but can be crowded, uncomfortable, and slow.
For about $4 or $5 an hour, you can take a tourist shuttle that will pick you up directly from your hotel. Shuttle buses are available in all of Guatemala’s tourist destinations.
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