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Guatemala Backpacking

Backpacking through Guatemala to explore nature. Hiking on (active) volcanoes, swimming in huge crater lakes and getting lost in the jungle.

by natasjaAbout Me:curious traveler and number one fan of the nature of our planet read more

North AmericaGuatemala18 days / March 2022

Highs & Lows

Unseen beautiful nature, colorful country, authentic indigenous people

More expensive to travel in.

Itinerary Overview

Guatemala Backpacking. This is an awesome way to explore the country. In my travels, I like to connect with locals and save money, so I prefer to travel with local transport and stay in affordable hostels or with locals. My first stop was Quetzaltenango, a place up north with lots of volcanoes and beautiful nature. After that I stayed 2 weeks at lake Atitlan, it is a stunning crater lake with volcanoes and mountains around. We celebrated Santa Semana with locals, tried aerial yoga, did ecstatic dance and hiked around the lake. Then I continued my trip to Antigua explore the city and to hike volcano Acatenango and the active volcano Fuego. At the end of my trip I stayed one week with locals, surrounded by nature and experiencing the local life, what a great experience to see how they are living with not much and still are very happy and at peace.

  • 5 Nights: Antigua Guatemala
    Acatenango hike, authentic colonial city
  • 13 Nights: Lake Atitlán
    Beautiful lake. Not so touristy. Kayak.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would spend more time in Guatemala to go also to the jungle and the caraibbean coast.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    no

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Don't do Acatenango hike in rainy season, it is cold and you don't see much of the volcanoes.

  • Packing tips?

    confortable shoes and clothes

  • Transportation Tips?

    Chicken bus and colectivo's.

  • Any surprises?

    no

  • Booking details?

    booking.com

Lodging

  • La Gaceta Good location, basic breakfast included and cheap. Not much space, a lot of tents inside and i didn't like the owner

  • Posada Jaibalito it is a small hostel for 6 people. It has a small kitchen and garden. Very quiet. There is a small restaurant they serve German and local dishes.