Guatemala With Kids: Experiences
- Walk the cobbled streets and plazas of colonial cities
- Discover the ancient civilisation of Tikal, Indiana Jones style
- Listen to the roars of howler monkeys
- Learn to make chocolate like the Mayans
- Find your Mayan birth sign
- Look the part with a pair of handmade cowboy boots
- Ride up an active volcano on a horse
- Roast marshmallows over hot lava rocks
- Take a boat tour of Lake Atitlan, ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’
- Learn the traditional craft of textile-making, from dying and spinning the yarn to weaving it in traditional back strap looms.
- Visit one of the biggest artisan markets in Latin America
- Learn Mayan mathematics!
Guatemala With Kids: Blog Posts
Guatemala With Kids: Where To Go (coming soon!)
Antigua & Around
The ancient site of Iximche (coming soon!)
Guatemala With Kids: When To Visit
December to April is Guatemala’s High Season, or Dry Season. To secure the hotels of your choice, it’s worth booking in advance, especially if visiting over Christmas, New Year or Easter (Semana Santa). Some hotels in Antigua are booked as much as a year in advance during these periods.
April to September sees a lot of rain, especially in the afternoons. However, rates drop and the main tourist attractions are less crowded. The exception is
October and November sees less rain and brings mild temperatures.
Guatemala with Kids: Getting There
The main international airport in Guatemala is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) located 6.4km/4 miles south of the capital, Guatemala City.
The nearest airport to Tikal is Flores Airport (FRS). Domestic flights operate between GUA and FRS.
Direct flights from USA to Guatemala
Atlanta: ATL – GUA 3h 40m
Chicago: ORD – GUA 4h 44m
Dallas: DFW – GUA 3h 20m
Fort Lauderdale: FLL – GUA 2h 55m
Houston: IAH – GUA 2h 50m
Los Angeles LAX – GUA 4h 40m
Miami: MIA – GUA 2h 45m
Washington DC: IAD – GUA 4h 50m
Other flights from USA to Guatemala
San Francisco: SFO – GUA 7h 30m (indirect)
New York: JFK – GUA 7 hours (indirect)
Flights from UK to Guatemala
London: 14h 40m (indirect)
Manchester: 15h 55m (indirect)
Guatemala with Kids: Good to Know
Time: GMT – 06:00
Capital: Guatemala City
Voltage: 120 v
Visas: 90-day visas are offered upon entry for many nationalities. It’s important to check with the Guatemalan embassy or consulate in your own country prior to travel.
Health & Vaccinations: Guatemala has had outbreaks of the Zika virus, Chikungunya and Dengue. We advise families to consult their doctors for medical advise, including vaccinations well in advance of their departure date. See the NHS’s fitfortravel website for further advice.
Currency: Quetzales (Q). ATMs are found in most towns and credit cards are accepted in the main tourists spots.
Safety: Guatemala has a high crime rate but most of the serious crime is not directed at tourists. Like many places around the world, tourists are vulnerable to scams and pickpockets. To get the latest reports on safety please consult your own government’s travel advisory such as fco.gov.uk and travel.state.gov
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