Guatemala for families

2024-07-10T17:44:00-05:00July 9th, 2024|

It’s the season for family travel! If your travelers are looking for a destination that’s not too far from home, a trip to discover Guatemala with Maya Trails might fit the bill. What makes Guatemala an amazing Family destination? The Maya Trails team shared these USP’s with us.

Rich Cultural Experience

  • Mayan heritage: Families can explore ancient Mayan ruins, such as Tikal and Yaxhá, providing educational and adventurous experiences. This is the heart of the Mayan world!
  • Colorful markets: Markets like Chichicastenango (‘Chichi’) offer vibrant textiles, handicrafts and local cuisine, allowing families to immerse themselves in the local culture.
  • Mayan people today: The Mayan population is about 60% of the country’s population, with over 23 diverse Mayan Ethnic Groups, boasting their own language, traditional attire,
    festivals/rituals, their amazing food and warmth they have for people.

Natural Beauty

  • Lake Atitlán: Surrounded by towering volcanoes and indigenous villages, it’s perfect for scenic boat tours, kayaking and cultural exchanges.
  • Volcanoes: Volcanic hikes, like Pacaya, are accessible for families and offer unique experiences such as roasting marshmallows over volcanic vents.
  • Wildlife and nature reserves: Places like the Biotopo del Quetzal provide opportunities for birdwatching and nature walks.

Adventure Activities

  • Ziplining and canopy tours: Families can enjoy ziplining in places like Antigua and Lake Atitlán.
  • Caving and tubing: Exploring caves and tubing in places like Semuc Champey offer thrilling adventures suitable for older children and teens.
  • Kayaking and SUP: Travelers can explore the three largest lakes in Guatemala from different communities.

Friendly Local Population

  • Welcoming atmosphere: Guatemalans are known for their hospitality, making families feel welcome and safe.
  • Community tours: Opportunities to visit and support local communities, learning about traditional lifestyles and crafts.

Lodging and Food

  • Accommodations: Options range from mid-range hotels, boutique and locally sourced to luxury and family-friendly lodges.
  • Food: Guatemala has a wide range of local ingredients and delicious dishes that can only be found in Guatemala.

Chichicastenango market never fails to charm visitors

Best Climate

  • Comfortable weather: The climate is generally mild, making it suitable for travel year-round. Don’t forget – Guatemala’s moniker is “The Land of the Eternal Spring.”

These many highlights combine to make Guatemala a diverse and enriching destination for families looking to explore a mix of culture, nature, and adventure. Check out Maya Trails’ Signature Guatemala Family Getaway for inspiration for a family adventure!

About the Author:

Gretchen Healey
Gretchen is the Marketing Director for the Kusini Collection.

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