Sunlight comes in at an angle illuminating a farmouse and fog laying low in a pastoral valley.

Ecoutourism Treks in Guatemala

Community tourism initiatives, whereby local Maya guides take travelers to seldom-seen locales in Guatemala’s rugged countryside, make for some extraordinary cross-cultural opportunities. Here are some recommendations for where to start your trek.

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Going to the Cinema in Guatemala City

Guatemala City has a number of excellent movie theaters, with movies sometimes opening on the same day as their U.S. release. Here’s where to catch a show when in Guatemala City.

An Oceania cruise ship docked at Santo Tomás de Castilla. Photo © Victoria Herring, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Exploring Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla

Cruise ships dock in Santo Tomás de Castilla, just across the bay from Puerto Barrios, where those wishing to go ashore will find some of the country’s best bird-watching, lush tropical rainforests, and refreshing jungle rivers.

Framework surrounds a well-preserved carved wall that is slowly being unearthed.

Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

A surfboard sits propped against tables poolside near palapas on the shore.

Surfing Guatemala’s Pacific Coast

While neighboring countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and even El Salvador have acquired relative status as Central American surf spots, Guatemala has remained somewhat obscure in this regard. As more and more people visit, locals and foreigners alike are discovering that you can, in fact, surf in Guatemala.