Step back in time on the streets of Antigua Guatemala; this charming city still flaunts the pastel façades and picturesque ruins from the Spanish colonial period which are protected by it’s prestigious World Heritage status. Alongside a fascinating history, it’s overlooked by no less than 3 volcanos which is sure to satisfy any adventure seeker!
May and June is a great time to visit as, generally, it is not too rainy nor too hot.
The rainy season falls between February and April, and between September to November, the heat can be stifling.
The obvious activity is, of course, exploring the jungle! Within the canopy, there is the opportunity to hike, birdwatch, visit local communities, or just relax in a remote and tranquil eco-lodge.
We highly recommend taking a guided tour for any of these activities – it’s not difficult to get lost with 5.5 million km² of the dense jungle!
If you want a truly authentic experience, take a Bameno community tour which is home to the indigenous Huaorani people. The Huaorani only made contact with Western culture 50 years ago, so this is a fascinating insight into a society largely untouched by outside influence. This tour is exclusive to Keteka and you can read all about it here.
A visit to the Kichwa (Quichua) cacao cooperatives is also highly recommendable. These communities cultivate, produce and sell their own chocolate for fairer prices than they would get from mass exportation with multinational corporations. A guided tour with a local takes you through the whole process and gives you the chance to sample the cacao bean to the finished product.
For the full jungle experience, take a comprehensive five-day tour.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
CA Express Bus
Note: we don’t recommend taking a chicken bus from the airport. This involves going via Guatemala City which is not tourist-friendly