“Specialist operator offering bespoke itineraries built to your budget”
We've chosen to work with ViaVenture, an Antigua-based tour operator that was founded by an enterprising trio from the US, UK and Switzerland. They've has been operating customised tours in Guatemala, Belize and Honduras since 2001, and after these took off, they branched out in Costa Rica, too.
Besides suggesting the best itineraries to cover the country's highlights, and selecting the most lovely and unusual accommodation, they can arrange private transfers and book adventurous guided tours. These range from hiking up volcanoes to learning about Shamanism or archaeology to bird watching, multi-sports and diving.
Why we chose this partner
- They have an excellent reputation in the travel industry, and deservedly so; i-escape guest feedback has always been very good
- As they are based in Antigua, they can offer first-hand, on-the-ground knowledge and expertise
- Honest, professional answers to all booking enquiries
- Multilingual staff
- We admire their environmental and social commitments
Please be aware
- i-escape can only vouch for those properties which are featured and reviewed on our website. For other areas and accommodations, while we do trust our operator to provide the best available, you should make sure that you are happy with it before confirming
- These tours cannot be booked in conjunction with La Lancha Lodge, because all Coppola-owned properties operate their own tours exclusively
Best time to go
Dry and warm between November and May, December to March is the busiest in terms of tourists. The rainy season starts in May and ends in November but this mostly entails sunny mornings with rain at teatime. However, June and July are often dry and clear and are also a popular time to visit; September and October are the wettest months.”
Our top tips
Accommodation in Guatemala includes colonial mansions, rustic haciendas, simple homestays and luxury villas. You can be right on a lakeside or hidden deep in the jungle. We've reviewed the pick of the crop in extensive detail, so check our recommendations and ask ViaVenture to include any you like in your itinerary. Otherwise, ask for their advice; they can tailor hotels to suit your budget and preferences.
Guatemalan food is typical of Central America, with corn, rice, tomatoes, peppers and black beans acting as staples, and tamales on every other street stall. There's an abundance of tropical fruit (bananas, papayas, mangoes), and the coffee is terrific.
Things we loved...
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Language courses
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Scuba diving
- Scuba diving courses
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
ViaVenture are great at organising family trips, whether you want something educational, adventurous, relaxing or a mix of the 3. They can recommend family friendly hotels and are always on-hand should you need them during your trip
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
To fly to Guatemala, please see our destination guide.
A driver from the tour operator will meet you at the place of your choosing, and take to your first hotel or on your first trip. He will be your main point of contact for the rest of your tour. You will also have direct access to the local tour operator office, which can deal with any further requirements you may have.
The drivers are fully trained and experienced in all possible terrains, with client safety their ultimate concern. The tour operator is very particular about its drivers and ensures that they are all calm and well-humoured with excellent manners. Drivers are responsible, friendly, helpful and most importantly, they all speak excellent English.
Full contact details will be sent to you after your booking is confirmed.
More on getting to Guatemala and getting around.