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Where to stay in Guatemala?
Finally, the day has come, you are going to Guatemala! What an experience, we are excited for you already! However, before you go, it is important to have it all figured out. Hopefully, you have studied as much as you can about the country. Only one question is left – Where to stay in Guatemala? We have done the research for you and can recommend the best places to stay in Guatemala for all budgets.
We are here to help you find the best accommodation around Guatemala to make your holiday unforgettable. If you have not planned your trip yet, we recommend looking at a great 2-week Guatemala itinerary, which we have done ourselves and gone through it every single step! With all this information just thrown at you, let’s figure out where to stay in Guatemala.
Well, Guatemala City is a huge city, with its great neighborhoods and it’s not so great areas. Always choose to stay in the Historic City Centre around all the most important monuments and the tourist area. Avoid wandering out of that part of the city in the night and when getting around the city – get a metered taxi!
The old capital of Guatemala, ahh, a place so beautiful. Antigua feels like a step back in time, beautiful architecture, bustling culture, markets and cafes. Also, volcano hikes have to be mentioned as an experience of a lifetime.
Lake Atitlan is pure magic. The place people arrive and never leave. No, they are not taken as hostages, they just choose to stay here to embrace the culture, tranquillity and perfect their Spanish while living on a fraction of the money they would back home. Lake Atitlan is a place not to be missed in Guatemala. And there are three main locations where to look for accommodation – San Pedro La Laguna, San Marcos and Panajachel. We recommend staying in San Pedro La Laguna, as it is our personal favourite.
Hotel Xetawaa’I – San Pedro La Laguna
Hotel Cabaña del Arco – San Pedro La Laguna
Reserva Natural Atitlan – Panajachel
A bustling city elevated 2,400meterss high. Famous for its volcano trekking and nature treks all around the area. Not too touristy and not too quiet, a perfect medium for a well-seasoned traveller. Fuentes Georgina’s hot springs are not to be missed, if in Quetzaltenango.
The pathway to Semuc Champey. Even though it is quite difficult to get to Semuc Champey, it is becoming more and more popular amongst tourists so better visit before it gets too crowded. Semuc Champey is a natural forming limestone bridge with 6 turquoise blue water pools. You do not need a tour or a guide to get there, embrace the adventure and do it on your own to save money!
A tiny island you can walk around in 20 minutes. If you have come to Flores, most likely you are there to visit Tikal. A huge Mayan site dating back to the 1st century, a largest excavated Mayan site in the world. Tikal’s stunning location right in the middle of the jungle will allow you to meet all kinds of animals and some beautiful birds. If you are not into the history or nature, hey, movie fans, a Star Wars scene was shot there!
Travel Lit Bonus Tips
What’s next? Well, you have figured out where to stay in Guatemala. Now go to Belize or Honduras, if you please. Extending a vacation is never a bad idea! However, do not forget to get a good travel insurance as it is very important. Better safe than sorry, listen to your grandma!
And, if you are figuring out what to take with you, these 25 Most Essential Travel Accessories will come in handy, we are sure!
Lastly, we do not usually recommend tours as we take them rarely ourselves, but there are so many great tours, hikes and attractions that you can book ahead of time, so you have to plan even less! Have a look at the wide variety of tours GetYourGuide offers!
As always, let us know if you have any questions at all!