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Guatemala is an amazing Central American country with a Caribbean coastline, Pacific coastline, tropical forests, jungles and more. Start planning your trip to Guatemala with cheap flights to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) onboard Aeromexico, Avianca, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Spirit Airlines and US Airways.
Guatemala’s Pacific Coast enjoys hot, balmy days in March-April and then mild days the rest of the year. Rainy season makes traveling inland difficult between May and October. For the cheapest fares, book your flights to Guatemala at least 6 months in advance.
A flight to Guatemala from New York takes around 6 hours.
Guatemala is rich in cultural treasures, including plenty of Mayan ruins. The country’s volcanoes, beaches, lakes and rivers are all worth exploring. Trekking is very popular in Guatemala, so pack some comfortable walking shoes!
Antigua Guatemala: Antigua is the most popular tourist area in Guatemala. Its crumbling colonial buildings and stone streets are charming. From here, take a day trip to Volcano Pacaya.
Rio Dulce: Can you imagine an emerald-colored river flowing out to the Caribbean? Rio Dulca is just that, running right on the border between Honduras and Belize. There are hot springs at Pinca Paraiso and a historic castle in San Felipe de Lara.
Lake Atitlan: This lake is a stunner. It’s rimmed by volcanoes and also has an ancient Mayan village to explore. The nearby town is popular among backpackers, so there are more hostels here than upscale hotels.
Visit VisitGuatemala.com for more info.
There are hotels in just about every city, town and village in Guatemala. Some are called “hospedajes”, more or less guesthouses that are family-run. They typically consist of a private bedroom, but shared bathrooms. Higher quality hotels are most popular in tourist areas.