Welcome to Guatemala! 

Guatemala is a unique and less-explored destination in Central America that offers a perfect blend of Guatemalan culture, archaeology, Spanish colonial heritage, and lush green jungles. This diverse country boasts extraordinary landscapes and a rich culture spanning centuries. 

The Guatemalan people are known for their friendly and hospitable nature, which adds a welcoming touch to their country. 

Enjoy your adventurous trip to Guatemala with Under30Experiences. 

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

Start: The trip begins at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) at 3:00 p.m.
Please book your arrival flight a few hours before this time.

Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees include group transportation.

Finish: The trip ends at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) at 12:00 p.m.
Please book a departure flight a few hours after this time.

Departure time is not mandatory, but guarantees include group transportation.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration--please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 5 days & 4 nights of shared accommodations in boutique hotel rooms
  • 4 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Antigua Walking Tour
  • Coffee Plantation Experience 
  • Pacaya Volcano Hike
  • Private boat in Lake Atitlan 
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport pick-up upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences Community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Guatemala.

Public transportation and optional activities are not included.


  • Hike the most active volcano in Guatemala
  • Visit Lake Atitlan
  • Explore the colonial city of Antigua
  • Tour a Guatemalan coffee plantation

Is this Trip for You?

If you're fascinated by Mayan history, indigenous cultures, and exploring nature, this trip is perfect! You'll get to experience the authentic beauty of Guatemala, from the stunning volcanoes to the lush coffee plantations and one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

We've included various active and adventurous activities while giving you plenty of free time to explore the colonial city of Antigua and the scenic Lake Atitlan. 

Under30Experiences will take you on a hike to the active Pacaya Volcano, teach you about coffee plantations, and explore the breathtaking Lake Atitlan.

-Age requirement: 21+

-Group size: 16 max, average 15

-Physical rating: Moderate. Some activities include physical activity like hiking.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip, you'll have the opportunity to join a custom WhatsApp Group and connect with others in your group. Many travelers meet in the airport or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a location after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni and part of our extensive online Travel community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes to outdoor movie nights.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While we intend to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


If you want to experience the local cuisine in Guatemala, you should try some traditional dishes like pepián. This spicy stew is usually made with chicken, beef, or pork and is known for its rich and meaty flavor. Another popular dish is jocón, a chicken dish cooked in a delicious green sauce made from tomatillos and cilantro thickened with ground sesame and pumpkin seeds. It's usually served on corn tortillas.

For breakfast, you can try black beans, fried plantain, eggs, tortillas or bread, and coffee. 

For dinner, you can sample Pepián, Jocón, rice, beans, and corn tortillas.


You will be traveling by private ground transportation.

Private ground transportation to and from the airport (Included).

Some optional activities do not include transportation.


You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for your trip.

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance with at least 200,000 USD in medical coverage is required to participate on our trips. This must include coverage for repatriation.

Please note that travel insurance covers trip-related issues such as trip interruption, lost luggage, theft, etc. Travel medical insurance covers things like repatriation, medicine, ambulance rides, and hospital visits/stays. 

We strongly suggest that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage, and personal effects. Please ensure that all of the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

Here are a few options for travel insurance that meet our minimum medical coverage requirements: Wanderwell, SafetyWing, and World Nomads. Some plans do not cover certain “high-risk” activities. Please read your plan’s coverage and make a selection based on your planned trip.

Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

We receive a fee if you purchase products through links on this page at no extra cost to you.

We receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using our affiliate links. We do not represent World Nomads. This is not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days' notice, and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company, as they may cover you for some expenses. We cannot transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an incredible experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly!
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so one main piece of luggage per person is limited. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage.

Below are our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and are organically inspired when possible.

Do not forget: water bottle, sunscreen, sandals, beach towel, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses and a hat!

Some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders:

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

Check out our Travel Alerts Page for up-to-date COVID requirements.

The tap water in Guatemala is NOT safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Guatemala beautiful.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Guatemala from the United States, but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for routine vaccines.

Mosquito-borne viruses exist in most of Latin America.  Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing 150 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards and in case of emergencies.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency of Guatemala is the quetzal (GTQ)

Remember to let your bank and credit card company know you will be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.‍‍

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100 USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US citizens, please consider registering with the US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program,” who can contact your family in an emergency.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.


There are two seasons in Guatemala. The dry season is from November to April. The green season is from May to October. 

The average high temperature in Guatemala is 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celcius), and the average low temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celcius). 

cultural information

The diversity of this country emerges from the mixture of two worlds. Guatemala's culture is a combination of Maya and Spanish influences. The Maya in the rural areas are trying to keep their traditions, language, and culture alive. You will also see a more urbanized and wealthy mestizos population in the cities.

It is considered rude not to greet one another, even slight acquaintances.

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Excuse me -- Perdón
  • How are you? -- ¿Como esta?
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • Please -- Por favor
  • A beer please -- Una cerveza por favor

Tipping Customs

While tipping isn’t customary, it is undoubtedly appreciated when you have received excellent service.  Be sure to tip in the local currency (GTQ - Guatemalan quetzal) to ensure the recipient does not have to pay additional fees when exchanging.  Here are some common guidelines to follow:

  1. Dining at a sit-down restaurant = Q 50 per person
  2. Bellboy = Q 50  per person
  3. Hotel cleaning staff = Q 100 per person per night spent at the hotel
  4. Tour guide  = Q 100 - Q 200 for a day tour

Optional Activities

  1. Antigua Guatemala Cooking Class
  2. Salsa Lessons 
  3. School Volunteer 
  4. Visit the Chocolate Museum 

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to, fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes but is not limited to, wearing appropriate clothing while visiting specific communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something, it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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