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Holiday In Guatemala

You’ve always wanted to live out a Harrison Ford movie plot, and now is your chance. Practice your dramatic pauses and book an exciting Guatemala holiday. 
Trekking around ancient pyramids, meandering through misty jungles and navigating crowded outdoor markets in a foreign land are within your grasp! If you learn how to say “Throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip!” with the appropriate levels of angst and gusto…you just might give Mr. Ford a run for his money. But your trip to Guatemala isn’t just about outdoor exploration. You can also use the money you save booking packages to Guatemala to grab a seat on an iconic chicken bus (it’s a real thing) or buy an epic cup of coffee. Believe us, folks in this part of the world know how to brew a bean like it’s going out of style.

Things to Do in Guatemala

Start your tour of Guatemala in the city of Antigua. Simply put, this city is a bad-arse. Despite facing devastating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and being stripped of its title as capital, the resilient destination still thrives. Tour the Catedral de Santiago, hike a local volcano (there are three to choose from, you lucky dog) and practise your Spanish by chatting up a shoe shiner in the Parque Central. Some folks plan their entire holiday in Guatemala around the Chichicastenagno Market. So yes, it’s kind of a big deal. The massive market opens on Thursdays and Sundays, where native residents sell everything from flowers to livestock. You’ll find it—where else—in a town called Santo Tomás Chichicastenango.

Sorting out which historical sites to visit in Guatemala is a bit like choosing the best brick of brie in Paris. There’s just too many! If you let your head spin, it will, so start with the major ruins and then go where your heart (or experienced tour guide) leads. A good place to begin is Tikal National Park, which is home the largest excavated site of Mayan ruins. Follow your compass to the northeast corner of the country, where the isolated Yaxhá temples are begging you to live out your Indiana Jones fantasies.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Chichicastenagno isn’t the only game in town when it comes to Guatemalan shopping. Nim Po’t in Antigua is a huge indoor Mayan retailer, while Joyería del Angel is the spot to go if you want to buy your special someone some new bling.

Leave your picky eating habits at home when you head to Central America; it would be a crime to leave Guatemala without savouring the potent flavours on the menu. Order some stuffed peppers (chiles rellenos) and a fiambre chef salad, and finish your meal with some fried buñuelos.

From cosy whiskey dens to Shakespearean pubs, your holiday to Guatemala offers up plenty of places to drink and mingle. Put your coffee drinking to bed and order up a fine wine or cool glass of beer, then ask the locals about hidden spots in their city.

What’s Next?

Book one of the cheap Guatemala packages on lastminute.com.au, and you’re off to explore the highlands in no time. If you don’t want to rely on public transit, book one of our Guatemala car hire deals and grab a map!


Top Hotel Deals in Guatemala

Barceló Guatemala City
Barceló Guatemala City
4.5 out of 5.0 7 Avenida 15-45, Zona 9, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Free Cancellation
AU$143
Located in Zona 9, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Oakland Mall, Natural History Museum and Children's Museum. Teatro Nacional and Central Market ...
Grand Tikal Futura Hotel
Grand Tikal Futura Hotel
4.5 out of 5.0 Calzada Roosevelt 22-43, Zona 11, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Free Cancellation
AU$158
This family-friendly Guatemala City hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Kaminaljuyu, National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and National ...
Hyatt Centric Guatemala City
Hyatt Centric Guatemala City
4.5 out of 5.0 12 Calle 2-25, Zona 10, Guatemala City
Free Cancellation
AU$248
Located in Zona 10, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza Fontabella Shopping Center and La Aurora Zoo. Avenida La Reforma and The Village Shopping ...
Hotel Camino Real Antigua
Hotel Camino Real Antigua
4.0 out of 5.0 7a Calle Poniente 33B, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez
Free Cancellation
AU$222
This family-friendly Antigua Guatemala hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of San Jose el Viejo Ruins and La Merced Church. ...
Conquistador Hotel and Conference Center
Conquistador Hotel and Conference Center
3.5 out of 5.0 Vía 5, 4-68 zona 4, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Free Cancellation
AU$87
Located in Zona 4, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Botanical Garden and Teatro Nacional. Central Market and Oakland Mall are also within 3 mi (5 ...
Best Western Plus Hotel Stofella
Best Western Plus Hotel Stofella
3.5 out of 5.0 2 Avenida 12-28 Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Free Cancellation
AU$120
Located in Zona 10, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Avenida La Reforma and La Aurora Zoo. Plaza Fontabella Shopping Center and The Village Shopping Center ...
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