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The top flight destination for Guatemala is Guatemala City

Arriving in Guatemala

Flights to Guatemala land in the La Aurora International Airport. As the fourth busiest airport in Central America, La Aurora caters to international and domestic flights to and from Guatemala, Mexico City, Panama City, California, and Florida. La Aurora's modern glass and concrete structure is replete with duty-free shops, restaurants, and bars.

Tourists can also take Guatemala flights to the airport in Flores, Peten, which is closer to Belize and Mexico City. Interjet and Spirit Airlines offer cheap flights to Guatemala. Other tourists prefer Cancun or Antigua as their entry point.

Getting Around Guatemala

The most popular mode of transportation for tourists is the colorful camioneta, or chicken bus. These are refurbished old buses that can accommodate up to 30 people. Chicken buses have designated routes, and the conductor collects fees at the door. If you find the camioneta too crowded, you can opt to ride the trolley service or the rail network that's designed for sightseeing.

Going around Guatemala with a rented car is great for tourists who want to have their own time. If you are adventurous, you can brave the steep and mountain roads. Though the drive can be treacherous, the scene is truly breathtaking.

Main Attractions in Guatemala

Guatemala is the place to go if you are interested in the Mayan ruins in El Mirador and Tikal. Learn about the ancient civilization while on a hiking trip up the archaeological sites. Guatemala is well known for its volcanoes. Nature lovers take guided tours in the Volcan de Pacaya in Antigua Guatemala and mountains around Lake Atitlan. Jungle tours are also available for those who want to go off the beaten path. Flores is a mysterious islet right in the middle of Lake Peten Itza. This is also the entry point to the ancient Mayan site in Tikal. For visitors who want to frolic in the pristine waters and volcanic sand, head to Monterrico.

Shopping, Dining, and Nightlife in Guatemala

The Guatemalan shopping experience is never complete without bargaining for the price of exotic Mayan fabrics. Handmade textiles are made into traditional huipiles (blouses) and cortes (skirts). Gemstones such as jade can be bought in open-air markets. Tourists must buy Guatemalan coffee and spices as well, because Guatemala is the top exporter of cardamom all around the world.

Guatemalan food is influenced by Spanish cuisine. Must-try dishes are maize (corn) tortillas, frijoles negros (black bean stew), tamales, kaq ik, and many rice dishes. Don't forget to sample a shot of the Ron Zacapa Centenario, their famous rum. Locally-made tequila and pilsner are good, too. Pubs and bars with lively folk music are open at sun down. However you like spend your vacation, book your airfare to Guatemala today!

Flight stats for Guatemala - did you know?
  • There are 19 airports in Guatemala and the 2 biggest are
  • La Aurora Airport (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
    • Right now, 24 airlines operate out of La Aurora Airport.
    • La Aurora Airport offers nonstop flights to 19 cities.
    • Every week, at least 42 domestic flights and 525 international flights depart from La Aurora Airport.
  • Santa Elena Airport (Flores, Guatemala)
    • Right now, 4 airlines operate out of Santa Elena Airport.
    • Santa Elena Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.
    • Every week, at least 42 domestic flights and 7 international flights depart from Santa Elena Airport.