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 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.
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!
There are SO many amazing amenities at this hotel. Aside from laundry service and in room massages, they also have a 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. 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. 👇
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!
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.
Lake Atitlan: Boat Trip and Full Day Tour with Lunch
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
From Antigua: to Pacaya Volcano Day Hike
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.
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?