Most flights to Guatemala arrive at La Aurora Airport in Guatemala City. It sits just 6 km from the city centre, and it is among the three largest Central American airports. You can look for cheap flights to Guatemala through discount airlines that provide service to this airport. It is adjacent to the Nacional Zoo, where you can take an hour-long tour if you have time to kill whilst waiting for Guatemala flights. This huge modern facility provides passenger services such as rental car agencies, cash machines and foreign exchange, eateries and cafés. There are quite a few shops including duty-free selections, local wares, and convenience items. La Aurora also houses a pharmacy and a post office for your convenience, and you can access the Internet via several Wi-Fi hotspots.
It is always a good idea to pre-arrange your transport when you book your airfare to Guatemala. The taxis outside La Aurora can be pretty expensive since they charge a flat fee that is twice the usual metered fare to most locations. If you are staying at a hotel that offers free shuttle service you will save a lot of money using that instead. When you are travelling in the cities you may use the local colourful camionetas, or “chicken buses”. These are very cheap rides, but they are also extremely crowded, and the drivers are rather aggressive. Tour buses and vans are more comfortable but they are also more expensive options for vicinity travel. You can catch a free tourist trolley in Guatamala City while you see the town as well.
Antigua, Guatemala is an ancient city bordered by several volcanoes. It is picturesque and serene, and you can enjoy hiking, shopping in Chichicastenango, or lounging in the quaint cafés. Backpackers and hikers usually make a stop at Lake Atitlan, a body of water that is also surrounded by volcanoes. You can see the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal on the Guatemalan island of Flores and explore the surrounding jungle that is home to adorable howler monkeys. The breathtaking vista of Semuc Champey attracts travellers from all over the world with its giant waterfalls, limestone pools, and beautiful rolling hills that extend to nearby Lanquin. For museums and historical sites, you will want to visit many parts of Guatemala City as well.
There are several places in Guatemala where visitors can shop for common goods as well as local crafts. The most popular wares are textiles, traditional Mayan clothing items, fine coffees, rums, and cardamom. There is a jade factory in Antigua that is also very popular with tourists. You have a huge variety of dishes to sample while visiting Guatemala, and most are made from fish, beans, rice, and maize. Tamales, frijoles, caviche, and churrascos are among the most common items served at local eateries. While it is similar to Mexican cuisine, Guatemalan food does not contain as much chilly seasoning, so dishes are less spicy. With so much aged rum and local beer flowing in this country, it is no surprise that there are plenty of bars, clubs, and pubs to keep you entertained at night.