Guatemala with kids: Tikal
Tikal with kids

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: Pacaya Volcano
Pacaya Volcano


Destination Guides

Guatemala With Kids: Where To Go (coming soon!)


Antigua & Around

Guatemala with kids: Antigua


Things to do in Antigua with Kids

Where to Stay in Antigua with Kids

Where to Eat in Antigua with Kids

Riding up the (active!) Pacaya Volcano on horse


Lake Atitlan 

Guatemala with kids: Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan


A Boat Tour of Lake Atitlan



Guatemala with kids: Tikal


Channel your inner Indiana Jones at Tikal


Other Destinations


The ancient site of Iximche (coming soon!)

Colours Galore at Chichicastenango Market




Guatemala With Kids: When To Visit

Guatemala with kids: Antigua


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

Guatemala with kids: Smoking volcanoes
Smoking volcanoes!


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

Guatemala with kids
Chichicastenango Market


Time: GMT – 06:00

Capital: Guatemala City

Language: Spanish

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 and



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