What makes Guatemala so popular with backpackers is that it is good value. Done usually as part of a bigger trip perhaps the finale after travel through mexico or as the first leg in a central american trip the fact that it is usually expensive to fly internationally into Guatemala City makes it an expensive destination to do by itself. You would be able to spend a whole month in Guatemala alone and not get bored.

Destinations in Guatemala

  • Antigua
  • Chichicastenango
  • Tikal
  • Huehuetenango
  • Panajachel
  • Huehuetenango
  • Lake Atitlan

It is so remote it took me 10 years to finally get to Tikal, its not on the beaten track and there were stories around about buses getting targeted by robbers looking for backpackers and their money. The second time around I made a break from where I was living in Roatan Honduras. A visa run if you like. To get my passport stamped and refreshed. The route along the way deserves a mention.

San Pedro Sula, crossing the border at Corinto onwards to Puerto Barrios and Livingston a break neck speedboat to punta gorda under the cover of darkness and waves I will never forget 007 style. El Rincon Flores and Tikal itself. to be continued...