Best Day Trips from Guatemala City

Best Day Trips from Guatemala City

Best Day Trips from Guatemala City

Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala is a wonderful experience and gives you more than your expectations. The city offers a gala time to its visitors and makes them feel like home. Also, Guatemala City forms a perfect base to explore other corners of Central America and you can easily arrange day excursions from here.

So here are a few destinations which are must-visit as the best day trips from Guatemala City:

1. Pacaya

Pacaya, known for being one of the most active volcanoes, attract tourists from all over Central America. This 23,000 years old volcano makes the perfect tour from Guatemala City and here you can actually see the volcano smoking! So get your shoes and hike to this beautiful place to toast some marshmallows up on the hot rocks! It takes around 50 minutes to reach Pacaya from Guatemala City. The visitors can easily find a bus, taxi or car to drop you at the destination.

2. Lago de Atitlan

The deepest lake of Central America, Lago de Atitlan has been the main attraction for tourists since long. But the lake is not the only highlight, also, the volcanoes and Mayan villages surrounding it are worth a visit. Hike through the Tolimán, the San Pedro and the Atitlán volcanoes and wandering around the villages like Panajachel, Paxanax, and San Marcos to experience the Mayan lifestyle. At last, spend the evening with the noise of water at lake and beer in your hand! The distance between Atitlan and Guatemala City can easily be covered via bus, taxi or car. It takes around 3 hours to reach Lago de Atitlan.

3. Antigua

Antigua, the former capital is among the best day trip from today's capital of Guatemala. The place offers you to wander aimlessly around the city on the cobbled street shopping. This earthquake shaken city can take you through the pages of history, all you have to do is visit the museums here and you can pick good souvenirs from the best shops in Guatemala. Bus, taxi, car and Uber, all are available to take you from Guatemala City till Antigua in 40 minutes.

4. Mixco Viejo

This unexplored Mayan ruin is worth a visit due to its well-preserved temples and grounds. The magnificent buildings and religious places here are unique in their structures and while talking about something different don't forget to check out Mesoamerican ballgame court. Served as a fortress in past, Mixco Viejo is a serene and a religious city. You can reach to San Juan Sacatepéquez from Guatemala City via bus and after that taxis are available to take you to Mixco Viejo. Also, direct taxis and cars are available from Guatemala City for the destination which takes around 1 hour to reach.

5. Iximche

Served as the capital of Kaqchikel during Mayan times, Iximche now is well preserved and maintained ruin in Central America. Its pyramid-shaped temples, palaces, ball-courts, and ceremonial areas are truly splendid and worth a visit. The ruin is surrounded by soaring heightened pine trees and slopes which add to the beauty of the place. To reach Iximche you can catch a bus, hire a taxi or rent a car from Guatemala city and it takes 1 hour 40 minutes to reach.

6. Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

If interested in archaeology then Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa is a perfect place for you to be at while going for day excursions from Guatemala City. But only this, the city has vast fields and farmlands to take you away from city noise and the interesting stone heads carved by the local people gives you a different picture from the rest of Guatemala. The place is 1 hour 40 minutes away from Guatemala City and cheap public buses are available and also, you can hire a taxi or a car.

The city is infamous for its crime rates, except that, Guatemala City is an amazing experience and lets you divert to other great destinations for much more stories and memories.

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