Galavante Founder Christine Drinan takes you on the ground in Guatemala, the dark horse of destinations in Central America. You may not think of Guatemala as a luxury travel destination, but it will surprise you. Watch on to see what it’s like to travel to Guatemala today.
An Unexpected Luxurious Destination in Central America
Guatemala is the destination for those looking for unspoiled beauty, rich culture, and adventure on their next vacation. It can feel remote in many parts of the country, like you’ve arrived in another world that’s been frozen since colonial times. However, it’s not as far, and in parts, as rustic, as you may think. On Jet Blue, it’s only a five-hour direct flight from New York. This puts Guatemala in the ring for a long weekend or even an extended week-long stay. Travel to Guatemala is perfect for a long weekend.
One of the many beautiful aspects of travel to Guatemala is its authenticity as a less-discovered country compared to its neighbor, Mexico. Guatemala City is just starting to have restaurants worthy to travel to with cool, hip pockets of bars and cafes. Mercado 24 has some of the best ceviche, crudo, and fish plates you’ll find in North America. It’s a must-stop when you fly through Guatemala City and is just 20 minutes from the airport. Additionally, as the seat of the Mayan Empire once upon a time, there is a lot of fascinating culture and history to learn. Antigua Guatemala, a historic UNESCO heritage city, was Guatemala’s third capital. It is also full of restaurants, shops, and historic sites to explore. Also not to be missed is Lake Atitlán, which is surrounded by three volcanic mountain ranges. There are also some Mayan villages that dot the shores of the lake. Travel to Guatemala will take you through both gourmet and cool urban experiences, as well as unspoiled scenic vistas. But you’ll have to see what travel to Guatemala is like yourself, so check out our travel video above.