Guatemala Cruises

Despite its size, the small Central American country of Guatemala packs in plenty of incredible attractions. 

Bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador, the country boasts ancient Mayan culture, Spanish colonial history and beautiful natural landscapes. 

On a trip to Guatemala you’ll experience it all, from historic towns to dense rainforest, towering volcanoes to Mayan villages. Whether you want an active experience, hiking through natural beauty spots, or just want to kick back and soak up the atmosphere in a bustling city square, Guatemala is a great choice for your cruise holiday. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • Guatemala means ‘Land of the Trees’ in the Maya-Toltec language.
  • Guatemala’s currency, the Quetzal, is named after their national bird. 
  • There are more than 29 active volcanoes in Guatemala. 
  • Guatemala produces more jade than any other country in the world. 
  • The world’s first chocolate bar was created by the Mayans here. 


Whats on offer

In Puerto Quetzal, one of the world’s newest cruise destinations, there’s lots to see and do, from a visit to a local coffee plantation to a boat trip across the Atitlán Lake to see life in a traditional Mayan village. 

Antigua Guatemala, a city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also close by. Here you can admire impressive Spanish-Baroque architecture, visit the ruins of ancient buildings, see local artisans at work in handicraft workshops or go shopping in the bustling city market. 

Mayan history

Santo Tomás de Castilla is a vibrant port city along Guatemala’s narrow stretch of Caribbean coastline. From the harbour, it’s just a short hop to some great local attractions.

You can discover Mayan history along the shores of the Tatin River, enjoy a leisurely boat ride to the Castillo de San Felipe, embark on a hiking excursion through local rainforest, take a trip down the River Dulce to visit a local orphanage or head to Las Escobas Springs where you can take a cooling dip in the waterfall pool. There are also stalls set up along the harbour in Santo Tomás de Castilla so it’s easy to pick up a few mementoes of your visit. 


History and people


Wherever you turn in Guatemala, you’re sure to come across some of the spectacularly rich history that makes the country such an exciting and unique destination. 

Guatemala was the birthplace of ancient Mayan culture, which dates all the way back to 2000 BC. On a cruise to Guatemala you can discover the ruins of impressive Mayan towns and cities, with their iconic stepped pyramids and intricate carved stones, to learn more about their significance.  

But Mayan culture isn’t just a thing of the past. There are plenty of opportunities to see thriving, present-day Mayan communities and experience the generous hospitality of their people. In Mayan villages you can see traditional folkloric performances and local artisans using age-old techniques to create their handicrafts.  

The Spanish colonial influence is still very evident in the country today too, and there’s lots of incredible architecture left over from that time. In many towns and cities around the country, you’ll find old cobbled squares, central plazas and the grandest of cathedrals to explore inside and out. 


Ports in the country


Cruises visiting Guatemala

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