Unveiling Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations And Hidden Gems in Guatemala

10 Insider Tips from Eagle’s Nest Atitlan

Discover a side of Central America that few have seen – a world of hidden treasures and off-the-beaten-path destinations in Guatemala just waiting to be discovered. Eagle’s Nest Atitlan, your trustworthy travel guide, invites you to discover the mysteries of this awe-inspiring land. We’ll provide insider advice and expose the best-kept secrets that will make your trip unforgettable in this post.

Keep reading to uncover the hidden gems in Guatemala that will take your breath away.

Majestic Lake Atitlan: A Natural Paradise

If you have done some research on Guatemala, you have probably heard of the breathtaking Lake Atitlan, also known as the most beautiful lake in the world. Get away from the crowds and enjoy the serene beauty of Lake Atitlan. This pristine lake, nestled among towering mountains, is a one of the best hidden gems in Guatemala giving spectacular landscapes and a peacefulness difficult to find elsewhere.

Lake Atitlán Guatemala

Insider tip: While some towns around the lake, such as San Pedro, have gained much popularity amongst travelers, there are still hidden gems away from the hustle and bustle. Take a boat journey to the quieter settlements of Santa Cruz or San Juan to immerse yourself in authentic local culture and unspoiled natural beauties. The little town of Santiago offers an artisanal market to find unique and inexpensive Mayan souvenirs and clothes.

San Juan

Read our full guide to exploring Lake Atitlan here!

Cobán: The Gateway to Guatemala’s Natural Wonders

Cobán, nestled in the beautiful mountains of Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region, is an ideal starting point for exploring the country’s natural beauties. This hidden gem has it all, from visiting the spectacular Semuc Champey to hiking through cloud forests and looking at gorgeous waterfalls.

Insider tip: For an exciting experience between stalactites and underground rivers, visit the neighboring Lanquin Caves.

Semuc Champey: Nature’s Hidden Paradise

Set out on a journey to Semuc Champey, a natural paradise hidden deep in the Guatemalan jungle. Turquoise-colored waters tumble into one another, forming a beautiful natural staircase.

Insider tip: For an off-the-beaten-path-experience, hire a local guide to discover hidden tunnels and swim in crystal-clear waters.

Semuc Champey

El Mirador: Unearthing Ancient Secrets

Explore the mystery of El Mirador, one of the largest Mayan cities that has remained virtually unspoiled by visitors. This distant archaeological site shows relics of a once-thriving civilization and rewards visitors with breathtaking vistas from towering pyramids.

Insider tip: Join a guided hike to El Mirador; the route is difficult and requires planning, but the result is an extraordinary experience with a lot to learn about its history.

Livingston: A Cultural Crossroad

Immerse yourself in Livingston’s lively culture, a one-of-a-kind place where the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture thrives. Discover the rhythm of traditional drumming, savor delectable seafood, and peruse the local artisan markets.

Insider tip: Don’t miss the chance to participate in a Garifuna dance workshop or eat a traditional Hudut feast for an authentic cultural experience.

Monterrico: A Relaxing Coastal Getaway

Most people who make their way to the Pacific coast of Guatemala visit the tranquil surf town of El Paredon. However, Guatemala’s coast has more hidden spots to offer, that are worth visiting.

Monterrico is a tranquil seaside village famed for its volcanic black sand beaches and plentiful fauna. Explore undisturbed mangroves, observe sea turtle nesting during the appropriate season, and take a boat cruise to see a variety of bird species. This is definitely one of our top hidden gems in Guatemala!

Chichicastenango: A Vibrant Indigenous Market

Discover Chichicastenango’s bustling indigenous market, where Mayan culture comes to life. Wander through crowded kiosks brimming with vibrant textiles, artisan items, and traditional produce. Discover the wonderful rites of Santo Tomás Church, a cultural treasure.


Nebaj: Off the Radar Gem

Visit Nebaj, a lesser-known highland hamlet, to delve deeper into Guatemala’s cultural tapestry. Immerse yourself in the indigenous Ixil people’s daily lives, see ancient ruins, and climb picturesque paths with stunning mountain vistas. This is one of the hidden gems in Guatemala that few have seen.

Rio Dulce: A Tropical Paradise

Discover Rio Dulce, a tropical paradise surrounded by beautiful trees and exotic fauna. Visit the magnificent El Castillo de San Felipe and relax in natural hot springs while taking a boat cruise along the river’s emerald waters.

Rio Dulce Guatemala

Ready to Discover Off-The-Beaten-Path Destinations And Hidden Gems in Guatemala?

Armed with Eagle’s Nest Atitlan‘s insider advice and recommendations, you’re now ready to start on a journey of discovery through the hidden gems in Guatemala. These lesser-known sites give an opportunity to touch with the actual essence of this intriguing country, from gorgeous lakes to historic ruins and enchanting cultural experiences. Take a detour and make memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are looking for a place to unwind, relax and recover during your adventures, visit us at Eagle’s Nest. All our stays include daily yoga classes, 3 meals a day, sauna, workshops and more! Book your stay here!

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Written by : Laura Born

Laura is small town girl from Germany, who decided to leave the corporate world to follow her dreams. She has since then traveled the world, teaching yoga in various locations. She is a passionate writer and loves to share inspiring stories from all over the world.

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