These beautiful cascades are the must see destination for every tourist visiting Guatemala. The aqua pools sit on a natural limestone bridge above the River Cahabón which flows underneath. Set in thick jungle, the dozen or so large protected pools have crystal clear water and are fed by filtered water that seeps through the mountain earth. When the sun is out it is easy to whittle away the afternoon here. Read more.
The peaks of the towering pyramids break through the jungle canopy skyline to create all the mystery you would expect from such a grand archaeological site as Tikal.
The early morning sunrise tour (3am start) delivers the phenomenal and frightening sounds of the howler monkeys before dawn and the changing colours reflecting off the pyramids at sunrise. Read More.
The UNESCO listed city of Antigua is a sunning colonial town offering great connections to all of Guatemala’s attractions. It has great food and is an awesome base for studying Spanish or hiking Acatenango and watching the lava eruptions of the adjoining Volcan Fuego. Read More.
This stunning lake is set in the crater of an extinct volcano and surrounded by two dormant and a semi-active volcano peak providing amazing scenery, a chilled out place to relax, great hiking, diving and kayaking. Lake Atitaln is worthy of the description given by early European travellers of the “most beautiful lake in the world”. Read More.
Trekking doesn’t come much more memorable than this. Fuego’s lava eruptions had been providing a fireworks display visible from Antigua for three weeks and culminated in its largest eruption in three years. Meanwhile, I patiently waited for successive illnesses to pass. After reporting on the huge eruption for ABC Australia, I was itching to hike to the top of the adjoining mountain of Acatenango and get up close to Fuego’s raw power. Read More.
Rio Dulce or Sweet River is a stunning waterway that runs between the town of Rio Dulce and the coast at Livingston. It is possible to stay near the town on the river or head further downstream. A 30 minute collectivo ride from Rio Dulce is Cascada el Paradiso, a stunning hot spring waterfall that flows into a cool river. It is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon under the falls. Read More.
Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala
Set in a valley surrounded by mountains, and dormant and active volcanos, Guatemala’s second largest city is a great base for learning Spanish, volunteering, relaxing in natural hot springs or hiking volcanoes. Read More.
Fuentes Georginas, Guatemala
Visiting this natural hot spring about 30 minutes drive from Xela is a great way to sooth the legs after trekking Tajumulco. The springs are set in dense forest near the top of a mountain above farmland and the water reaches temperatures of up to 38 degrees. Read More.
This small quiet beach village is a great place to learn how to surf of just relaxed. Set in the sand dunes next to a mangrove river system, this is a beautiful place to unwind and enjoy the long black sandy beach or surf at one of the many sandbar breaks along the beach. Read More.