Our time in Guatemala was partly a success due to all the cool places where we woke up in the morning. From a view of a volcano to tents above the clouds and the sound of howler monkeys. These were our favorites!
# 1 Camping on a volcano
Acatenango volcano at Antigua | Wake up to the rumbling of a volcano, unzip your tent and see a huge eruption. That is waking up on the Acatenango. The Acatenango volcano has a fantastic view of two other volcanoes, the huge Agua and active Fuego. We slept in a camp above the clouds where you can only come after a heavy hike. On a ledge overlooking the eruptions of the Fuego, the tents are lined up with a fine campfire in the middle. Breathtakingly beautiful!
# 2 Earth Lodge with volcano view
At Antigua | Book The eco friendly Earth Lodge is an oasis of tranquility close to bustling Antigua. Here it is quiet and quiet, except for the sounds of playing dogs and the eruption of the Fuego volcano. You sleep in the kind of cool huts that you already dreamed of as a child. Impressive tree houses, A-shaped mountain huts or even in semi-luxury tents. The lodge is located at an altitude of 1,800 meters and offers the most beautiful volcano views, tastiest vegan meals, morning yoga and cool (tree) huts.
# 3 A home away from home at Mucha Arte Hostal
Quetzaltenango Book Mucha Arte is one of the most budget-friendly options in Guatemala, but not inferior to a luxury hotel. The styling is gorgeous and hip, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. In an old school, owners Patricia and Juan Carlos have furnished a home away from home. The atmosphere is intimate and cozy due to the many artworks on the walls (what’s in a name), the use of wood and natural colors and all the greenery of the plants. But it is above all the hospitality that makes Mucha Arte a home. Patricia and Juan Carlos are the nicest hosts and have the best tips for your time in Quetzaltenango!
# 4 Tropical jungle paradise Boatique Hotel
Rio Dulce Book Houses of wood and leaf roofs. On the water and in the middle of the jungle. In the evening everything is magically lit with lights for a magical atmosphere. The brand new Boatique Hotel & Marina is truly a beautiful jungle paradise in the Rio Dulce region. The literal highlight of Boatique is the large building with the common areas, the restaurant and the large suite (where the owner himself still had to live while waiting for his own house). The lounge chairs and hammocks make this a wonderful place to relax! Or maybe you prefer kayaking or supping through the area, like we did! In a wooden kayak we explored the water around Boatique for hours.
# 5 Laguna Lodge with lake view
Lake Atitlan Book You have to pay for it, but then you have the best view of the most famous lake in Guatemala. Those who come to Lake Atitlan, naturally want to completely immerse themselves in that beautiful view of the lake with the volcanoes around it. You can do this from the boat across the lake or with a nice cocktail bar on the water. But of course you want to see the sunset from your own private patio. And wake up in the morning with a view of the lake. We therefore searched for the perfect place to sleep on the water and fell madly in love with the beautiful, eco-friendly Laguna Lodge!
# 6 Sunsets and Mayan temples at El Sombrero Eco Lodge
Near Mayan city of Yaxha | Book The famous Tikal is impressive, but have you ever heard of sister city Yaxha? Deep in the jungle lies one of Guatemala’s hidden gems on a crocodile lake: the Yaxha temple complex. While all travelers go to the famous Tikal, neighboring Yaxha is still wonderfully undiscovered. Prepare for crocodiles and howler monkeys, jungle and temples, and breathtaking sunsets! The perfect base? El Sombrero’s off-the-grid and self-catering, jungle-style cottages directly in front of the entrance to the national park. The sunset from the dock of El Sombrero is a must-do.