Ah, Guatemala… what a wonderful country! Guatemala is one of my favourite places in Central America and it’s best known for its still active volcanoes, rich culture, amazing architecture and very special gastronomy. Some of the best things to do in Guatemala include a visit to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal, splashing in the turquoise waters of semuc champey, hiking a volcano while watching another erupt and searching for artisan goods in one of the multiple local markets. Ah, there are so many cool activities in Guatemala that it’s hard to make a shortlist!
Some of the most hyped destinations in Guatemala include Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, Chichicastenango, Flores, Tikal, El Paredon and, of course, Cobán. But my list of the best places to visit in Guatemala is long and it’s guaranteed to get you excited and ready to pack your bags and book your flight tickets!
The official Guatemala currency is the Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ or Q). 1 USD is the equivalent of 7.72 GTQ.
The official language spoken in Guatemala is Spanish.
The main religion in Guatemala is Roman Catholicism (42%), followed by Evangelism (39%).
Although the country has a nice climate year-round, the best time to visit Guatemala is during the dry season, which is from November to April.
Luckily, you won’t need a visa for Guatemala if your visit lasts less than 30 days. If you’re a US citizen, you can stay for up to 90 days in this country without a visa.
There are no officially required vaccines for entering Guatemala. But for your own safety, it is recommended to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B and typhoid before your trip here.
There are many companies offering prepaid SIM cards for travellers in Guatemala. You can buy yours at the airport, from your chosen provider’s shop or in big convenience stores around the country. Personally, I recommend either Tigo or Claro.