Guatemala Bucket

Guatemala Travel Bucket List

A Little Guatemala

Guatemala Bucket List

As my motherland, I can say there are a ton of places that you can see while visiting Guatemala as well as things to do. Understandably, time and budget don’t always align with everything you want to do and everything you can do. However, I’ve gathered a small list of MUST see and do while in Guatemala. A Guatemala bucket list of sorts.

Here’s a compilation of at least 5 fun activities to do and places to see in Guatemala:

  • Kayak in a Volcanic Crater – Lake Atitlan

Bucket List Lake AtitlanIG | @raneroandres

Lake Atitlan is a stunning lake and one of the must-sees on everyone’s list. Panajachel, San Marcos, San Pedro are small villages around this lake. There’s no better way to enjoy the serenity of the lake than by going for a kayak ride surrounded by volcanoes.

It’s best to get this sort of ride in the morning as the water tends to get really rough in the afternoons. Clouds and rain have a tendency of settling in after 3 PM. So, make the most of your morning and do kayaking. You can then, take a freshly squeezed orange juice right after it!

  • Climb Pyramids of Tikal – Flores, Peten

Bucket List TikalIG | @raneroandres

The ruins of Tikal are the most well-known Guatemalan tourist attractions. Definitely, Star Wars nerds will immediately recognize the lush jungle setting of Tikal. Tikal is a UNESCO world heritage site being one of the largest ruins found from the former Mayan empire in remarkably good shape. Some of the pyramids you can climb, and others you can only gaze upon from afar due to the need to preserve them and the danger.

The best option is to take a tour at sunrise or just after sunrise as it can get WAY TOO HOT in the afternoon and as it’s a jungle, there are too many mosquitos.

  • Volcanically heated springs – Georginas Hot Springs, Zunil

Bucket List GeorginasIG | @raneroandres

Originally discovered in 1902, the cascading baths have been recently restored, Las Fuentes Georginas was named for the wife of dictator Jorge Ubico. As a result, this area also serves as the municipal forest reserve entrance with trails through the rainforest and access to the volcano at Zunil. 

Also, there’s a restaurant located on the site, and towels are available for rent in case you forget to bring one.

  • Zipline Over a Jungle – Chuiraxamoló Ecological Park, Lake Atitlan

Bucket List Chuiraxmolo

Guatemala, home to Central America’s longest zip-line. At Chuiraxamoló Ecological Park, you can rise above the trees for a whopping 1900+ feet, with volcanos and Lake Atitlan in the distance. A superman harness is an option if you’re feeling adventurous! Atitlán Natural Reserve has 8 zip-lines, a waterfall, suspension bridges, and more. It’s definitely memorable.

  • Explore Ruins – Antigua Guatemala

Bucket List Antigua RuinsIG | @raneroandres

A major earthquake that happened back in 1,773 left nearly the whole city in rubble. Afterward, it also had to suffer the aftershocks continued for nearly six months. Antigua is short for Antigua Guatemala and Antigua Guatemala used to be the capital of Guatemala.

Rather than rebuilding Antigua as the capital, they relocated the capital to what is now Guatemala City. It’s definitely something to look forward and take the time to visit.

If you’ve ever been to Guatemala or interested in visiting, let me know which one you’ll try. We can do it together!

xoxo,
Laura

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