Trip Report

kesitoandfro

Ivy League grad who quit her job on Wall Street to travel the world. She has backpacked for 5+ years visiting 60+ countries

Backpackers Guide to Guatemala

Backpackers Guide to Guatemala

Guatemala9 days / May 2019

Guatemala is one of my favorite countries and I have returned 5 different times. This is a summation of all the best places to go as a backpacker. I would recommend the trip to be 2 weeks at least.

Highs & Lows

Learning spanish in Antigua, Guatemala.

How fast the chicken buses drive around curves

Itinerary Overview

Guatemala is a backpacker's paradise. It is one of my favorite countries in the world, and I have returned on 5 different occasions. This guide provides the top suggestions on where to go in Guatemala and can be done in two weeks.  (You need to allow travel time between places, which is why I recommend at least 2 weeks) 

Antigua is a must-visit, especially hiking acatenango. 

  • 4 Nights: Antigua Guatemala
    To learn Spanish and hike Acatenango
  • 2 Nights: Quetzaltenango
    Culture
  • 1 Night: Natural Monument Semuc Champey
    Turquoise pools
  • 2 Nights: Tikal
    Visit Mayan ruins
  • Q & A

    • What would you have changed?

      Spend more time in Guatemala

    • How was the food?

      Por Que No in Antigua, Guatemala

    • What tips would you give a friend?

      Take spanish classes in guatemala.

    • Transportation Tips?

      Chicken buses are an experience! If you are adventurous that I recommend taking a chicken bus. The drivers go super fast down windy roads, causing passengers to have to hold on for their lives. The chicken bus is very cheap which makes it an attractive option for a backpacker, but safety should be some concern.

    • Booking details?

      Use Aprode to book Acatenango hike.

    Lodging

    • Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

      I stayed at Somos hostel, which is amazing and even has a hot tub.

    • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

      Pachamama Cafe Hostal - This is a small hostel with a great staff. You can book several hikes via this hostel, and it's nice for a couple of days.

    • San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala

    • Tikal, Guatemala

      Hostal Don Cenobio - one of my favorite hostels. The view over the lake is perfect, and the rooftop is a great place to hang out.

    Photos

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