Go with Gandys: Guatemala

Go with Gandys: Guatemala

Jenny Wall / 3 min Read

Dreaming of a getaway to the vibrant heart of Central America? Look no further than Guatemala, a land brimming with rich culture, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable experiences!

And who better to guide you than the intrepid Heather Graham, the Executive Director of Gandys partner project Casa Guatemala, who kindly agreed to share her local knowledge and give you a few top tips.

Guatemala City: Trendy Meets Tradition


Head straight to Guatemala City from La Aurora International Airport and hit the cool restaurants of Zone 4, where you’ll find delectable dishes such as Pepián de Pollo (chicken stew), Chiles Rellenos (stuffed chilli peppers) and Hilachas (shredded beef stew). Now you’re ready to explore the historic centre in Zone 1, with highlights including Sexto Avenido and the iconic Central Plaza.

Antigua: Hike, Explore, Indulge


Antigua’s thrilling volcano treks are just a 25km bus or taxi ride from Guatemala City. Start with a manageable day trip around Pacaya, or go bigger in Acatenango where you can opt for an overnight adventure and take in even more breathtaking views. If hiking isn't your thing, enjoy the ride on a 4x4 tour or explore Antigua's culinary scene and UNESCO Heritage site Nelson’s Dockyard.


Lake Atitlan: Cultural Immersion and Serenity


From Antigua take a shuttle to Lake Atitlan and visit some of the villages that surround the famous volcano lake. Panahachel is a well known jumping off point for boats to San Marcos, San Pedro or other small communities. The area also has plenty of language schools and NGOs that offer volunteering opportunities.


Flores: The Other Side


The east of the country has plenty to offer too. It’s a quick flight from Guatemala City to the tiny island of Flores, or there’s a more budget friendly 10-hour overnight bus service. Flores is tiny but stacked full of hotels and restaurants. Book a shuttle to the famous ruins of Tikal, or get off the beaten track and check out Lake Peten Izta. There are lots of tucked away places to enjoy in El Remate, halfway between Flores and Tikal.


Rio Dulce: Casa Guatemala Awaits!


Daily shuttles take you from Flores to Rio Dulce where you can visit Casa Guatemala, the amazing school that we support. Stay in their social enterprise, Hotel Backpackers and discover all of the great work they are doing for the kids and their community.


You can even volunteer to help out! If you are interested, please contact us at hello@gandysinternational.com


With Heather’s local knowledge and this amazing country at your feet, Guatemala promises to deliver. Maybe you can pop into Casa Guatemala and say thank you in person! 


Happy Travels!

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