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Location: Guatemala City

Day 1 - 14 Apr 2021

Guatemala City Metropolitan Area

Guatemala City, Guatemala City Metropolitan Area

Content: Welcome to Guatemala! You’ll probably arrive into Guatemala by air, meaning you’ll be in Guatemala City. I wouldn’t recommend spending any time here, get in and get out!

Location: Antigua

Day 1 - 14 Apr 2021

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua , Antigua Guatemala

Content: Instead make your way to the nearby city of Antigua. It’s a beautiful colonial city, full of bright and colourful buildings, cobbled streets and volcanoes!

Location: Antigua

Day 1 - 14 Apr 2021

Somos

Antigua, Somos

Content: I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels, all around the world, and this one has to be one of my favourites! It was mainly to do with the people, but also the fact that it has a hot tub, bar and a kitchen with views of multiple volcanoes.

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 1 - 14 Apr 2021

Mirador del cerro de la Cruz

Antigua Guatemala, Mirador del cerro de la Cruz
Antigua Guatemala, Mirador del cerro de la Cruz
Antigua Guatemala, Mirador del cerro de la Cruz

Content: Once you’ve settled into the hostel and grabbed something to eat (there’s a great little bakery, two doors down from the hostel where you can get some amazing pastries), head to a viewpoint of the city. The walk to the top takes around 20 minutes and has steps the whole way up. The view at the top is just incredible. You’ll see the whole of the city, plus the volcanoes in the background. Here you’ll realise what a magical place Antigua is!

Location: Antigua

Day 2 - 15 Apr 2021

Hobbitenango

Antigua, Hobbitenango
Antigua, Hobbitenango
Antigua, Hobbitenango
Antigua, Hobbitenango

Content: This place is based on The Hobbit, featuring Hobbit Houses and lots of little activities. To be honest, it’s a really random place but we had an amazing time. It’s set up in the hills of Antigua, so the views, if you don’t have clouds, are pretty amazing. There’s lots of things to do including a rope swing, archery, axe throwing, games like jenga and hammocks to chill in. You can easily spend the whole day here, just being a kid again! You’ll need to get an Uber up to Hobbitenango if you don’t have a car. Entrance is around £5.

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 2 - 15 Apr 2021

Santa rosa burger club

Antigua Guatemala, Santa rosa burger club

Content: After all of that fun, you’ll probably be quite hungry. A good place to find a very filling meal is Santa Rosa Burger Club! The burger was one of the best that I had during my time in Central America. The chips were also great.

Location: Antigua

Day 3 - 16 Apr 2021

Acatenango

Antigua, Acatenango
Antigua, Acatenango
Antigua, Acatenango
Antigua, Acatenango
Antigua, Acatenango

Content: This is the reason why people come to Antigua, even Guatemala. It was the highlight of my whole 6 months travelling. Acetenango is a 4,000m high inactive volcano, but the star of the show is Fuego. Fuego is an active volcano that is constantly erupting, and it’s opposite Acetenango. It’s mesmerising watching a volcano erupt so close to you! The climb up is pretty hard as it’s quite steep and you’re at altitude which makes it slightly harder to breathe. I bought a walking stick for £1 and I think it was the best investment of my life! It took us 5 hours to get up to the campsite for the night. I booked the tour with Tropicana for £45 who provide a guide, transport and all of your meals during the hike. You sleep in tents opposite Fuego, which erupts all night long! It’s hard to get any sleep as you want to spend the whole night just watching it.

Location: Acatenango

Day 4 - 17 Apr 2021

Acatenango

Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango

Content: The next morning it’s up at 4am to complete the hike to the summit of the volcano. It takes around 45 minutes, just in time to watch the sunrise. From Acatenango you can see a number of other volcanoes, plus Fuego still erupting! It’s pretty chilly until the sun comes up, but oh wow the views are just spectacular! You’ll then return to camp for breakfast and begin your descent back down. This took us just 2 hours as we ended up running down it instead. Honestly this may be the most physically challenging thing that I’ve done, but it’s also one of the most memorable and incredible moments!

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 4 - 17 Apr 2021

McDonald's

Antigua Guatemala, McDonald's

Content: Okay McDonald’s may not be the healthiest of options but this is what motivated us all the way down. The thought of as much McDonald’s as we could eat. To make it a bit more justifiable as well, the McDonald’s in Antigua is rated one of the best in the world due to its view of the volcano and pretty outdoor garden. It was exactly what we needed!

Location: Lake Atitlan

Day 5 - 18 Apr 2021

Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlan, Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlan, Lake Atitlán

Content: Now that you’ve had some time to recover from climbing a volcano, I’d recommend moving on to Lake Atitlan. We got an Uber there as it was split between three of us and the same price as the shuttle, but shuttles are also available. Lake Atitlan is a stunning lake surrounded by volcanoes. It’s the perfect place to just relax or continue the fun with some more hiking!

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 5 - 18 Apr 2021

Hotel AmiGos

San Pedro La Laguna, Hotel AmiGos

Content: I would recommend basing yourself in San Pedro and visiting the other towns via water taxi. San Pedro has the most going on and the best places to eat. Here we stayed in Hostel Amigos which was pretty basic but it did the job. It has a lovely rooftop with gorgeous views across the lake and a great bunch of people.

Location: San Marcos La Laguna

Day 5 - 18 Apr 2021

Cerro Tzankujil (Nature Reserve)

San Marcos La Laguna, Cerro Tzankujil (Nature Reserve)
San Marcos La Laguna, Cerro Tzankujil (Nature Reserve)
San Marcos La Laguna, Cerro Tzankujil (Nature Reserve)

Content: If you fancy jumping straight in (literally), then head to Cerro Tzankujil situated in San Marcos, another town on the lake. Here you can rent kayaks, go paddle boarding and jump off a 10m high cliff! Watch the video above to see what you’re getting yourself into! I promise it’s not as scary as it looks. The water taxi from San Pedro to San Marcos costs around £1.50 each way. You might be lucky like us and have some furry friends as company. The reserve is a nice place to just chill and enjoy the views for the rest of the day.

Samsara's Garden

San Marcos La Laguna, Samsara's Garden

Content: A great place to grab a late lunch or dinner is Samsara’s garden. It feels like a secluded jungle and offers delicious and healthy food! It’s also super affordable!

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Day 5 - 18 Apr 2021

Lake Atitlán

, Lake Atitlán
, Lake Atitlán
, Lake Atitlán
, Lake Atitlán
, Lake Atitlán

Content: Lake Atitlan is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing and pretty much doing nothing! When you’re ready to move on, head to either Semuc Champey or Flores to visit Tikal. Guatemala is a beautiful country that can take between 2-3 weeks to see the main spots.