The Best of Guatemala Guide

Hotel Atitlan Guatemala Helicopter Pad
San Pedro Guatemala
Guatemala Landscape

Guatemala is made up of 6 regions. In “The Best of Guatemala Guide” I’m going to share where to stay and some really fun things to do. 

First, I will show you my FAVORITE hotel, which is located in the  Western Highlands Region. It is considered to be the most beautiful part of Guatemala and I totally agree! 

Then, I’m going to share some things to do in Lake Atitlan, which is located in the Western Highlands Region. I will also show you things to do in Guatemala City and Antigua, which are located in the Central Highlands Region. That is where the capital and one active volcano are located.  Get ready for an adventure in North America! 

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Where to STAY in Guatemala

Hotel Atitlan is an incredible, and luxury filled, hotel with botanical gardens. When I was in Guatemala on a Volunteer Medical Mission’s Trip, we were fortunate enough to take a day trip to Hotel Atitlan. They have so many incredible things to offer!   

The Location

Hotel Atitlan is located at Finca San Buenaventura Panajachel, Solola 07010. It is approximately 1/2 a mile from Panajachel town center. This is a really cute town with lots of shopping. 

It is one hour from the world-famous Chichicastenango Market and three hours from Guatemala City. At Hotel Atitlán there are breathtaking views of the Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes.   

Hotel Atitlan

The Rooms

There are 61 rooms and suites, and each has a private balcony. On the balcony you can see views of either Lake Atitlán or views of the well manicured botanical gardens with exotic birds. The infinity pool also has views of the lake and volcano.

If you’ve read “Top 5 Things you Need to Know When Finding a Hotel” then you know I try to be very selective. Personally, I think this is the BEST hotel you can stay at, so it’s my only pick for “The Best of Guatemala Guide”. TripAdvisor ranks Hotel Atitlan #4 out of 37 hotels in the area. It won the Traveler’s Choice award for 2021! 

Hotel Atitlan Guatemala
Exotic Bird

The Amenities

There are SO many amazing amenities at this hotel. Aside from laundry service and in room massages, they also have a helicopter pad.

Hotel Atitlan Guatemala Helicopter Pad

Didn’t bring the chopper on this trip? No problem. In order to make getting around Guatemala easy, they offer a number of different options for vehicle shuttle services. I mentioned in my post “One thing you Must do Every Time You Travel” how much I love to take tours. We took a boat tour into town. That’s where I was able to take a (little crazy, but mostly fun) ride in a tuk tuk! Check out the video of my little tuk tuk tour. 👇 

This boutique hotel is a popular destination for weddings and events. We were fortunate enough to eat lunch at the Hotel Atitlán Restaurant, which was beautiful and DELICIOUS

Restaurant in Hotel Atitlan Guatemala
Restaurant in Hotel Atitlan Guatemala

Click the link below for more info or to book a room at the luxurious Hotel Atitlán. 👇 

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There really is so much to do in Guatemala. Three popular tourist locations are Lake Atitlan, which is by the Hotel Atitlan, Guatemala City, and Antigua. In “The Best of Guatemala Guide” I’m going to tell you about some of the highlights from each of these areas.  

What to DO in Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

The Mayan Ceremony at the sacred caves is a unique 2 hour experience. You will get to hike to an amazing 200 ft. waterfall, take in awesome views, and experience 4 different sacred caves during this excursion. Round trip transportation and entrance fees are included in the ticket price. 

CLICK HERE to get tickets to the Lake Atitlan Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves. 🎟

Lake Atitlan: Boat Trip and Full Day Tour with Lunch

Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Andrea Capone San Pedro Guatemala

This option is very similar to the excursion we took, which I mentioned earlier. It picks you up in Panajachel and lets you visit the villages of Santiago Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna. In these villages there is tons of shopping and you get to have a taste of what it’s like to live in that area. This is where I rode in the tuk tuk. 

If you want to purchase tickets for the Lake Atitlan boat trip CLICK HERE. 🎟

San Pedro Guatemala
San Pedro Guatemala

Lake Atitlan: Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure

I’m still new to kayaking, but I think it’s so much fun!  This is one FULL day, packed full of adventure. You will get to kayak for about an hour with views of volcanoes, take a short hike, and have lunch at a locals home in the Mayan community. This adventure has a variety of sights and history to take in. 

If you want tickets for the Lake Atitlan Full-Day Kayak and Trek Adventure CLICK HERE. 🎟

What to DO in Guatemala City

Guatemala City: Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour

This full day tour lets you get immersed in the culture of Guatemala. You will experience and learn about the architecture, history, and food!  With the safety of a professionally guided tour, this is the best way to experience Guatemala City.  

For tickets to the Guatemala City Full Day Sightseeing Tour CLICK HERE. 🎟

Guatemala Security

Guatemala City: Coffee & Culture Full-Day Tour

On this delicious tour you will experience culture and history from different cities. You will see churches, monuments, and of course a coffee tasting and tour. When I was in Guatemala I thought their coffee was DELICIOUS. You will definitely enjoy this 9 hour tour! 

CLICK HERE for tickets to the Guatemala Coffee & Culture Full Day Tour. 🎟


Half-Day Guatemala City Explorer Tour

If you are interested in a short tour that packs a LOT in then this is the one for you. This 3 hour tour covers all of the main city attractions including: the National Palace, City Hall, Plaza of the Constitution, National Library, Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Central Market. I love this tour because you get to see so much amazing architecture! If you don’t want to spend a long time in the city then this is the best option. 

For tickets to the Half-Day Guatemala City Tour CLICK HERE. 🎟


What to DO in Antigua

Antigua's Food, Culture and Traditions Tour

On this tour you get to learn AND TASTE your way through Antigua! This tour is five hours of food, history, and architecture. It’s certainly the most delicious way to experience Guatemala. 

 You can get tickets to the Antigua’s Food, Culture and Traditions Tour by CLICKING HERE. 🎟

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala: Half-Day Walking Tour

We were fortunate enough to spend a few hours in the beautiful town Antigua while we were in Guatemala. There is tons of shopping and beautiful architecture to take in. This three hour long walking tour allows you to get a taste of what Antigua has to offer.

 CLICK HERE for tickets to the Antigua Half-Day Walking Tour. 🎟

Antigua Guatemala Woman
Antigua Guatemala Shopping

From Antigua: to Pacaya Volcano Day Hike

Volcano Lava

Would you like to see a volcano up close and personal? This six hour tour includes transportation and a freshly prepared picnic lunch/dinner served on the mountain!  This is the ULTIMATE experience. You even get to roast marshmallows above the volcanic heat vents

CLICK HERE for the  From Antigua to Pacaya Volcano Day Hike tickets. 🎟

Volcano Guatemala

Quick Links

I like to purchase my tickets in advance online so I have them all in an app on my phoneViator and Get Your Guide allow you to book in advance and cancel within 24 hours with NO FEES. Here are some quick links to things I’m suggesting in “The Best of Guatemala Guide“.

If you liked The Best of Guatemala Guide, then you might also want to read about my Guatemala and El Salvador Mission Trip

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LET’S CONNECT: In “The Best of Guatemala Guide” I talked about how much  I loved Hotel Atitlan. What hotel did you see on vacation that you loved?

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