Sports

Sports tourism is for people or groups of people actively or passively participating in competitive or recreational sports, traveling and temporarily residing in places other than their usual home. The great popularity of national sporting events has led to the growth of sports tourism. Several sporting events take place throughout the year, with the participation of spectators as well as of national and foreign athletes.

With its mild and pleasant climate and topographical diversity, Guatemala is the ideal destination for sports. The country has quickly become one of the favorite destinations for golfers thanks to its year-round pleasant climate which permits the enjoyment of this sport any time of the year in world-class facilities. Guatemala is also recognized as one of the best destinations in the world for sailfish and marlin sport fishing, with the best catch-and-release marks in a day, per boat per day, as well as per boat per year. World-class sporting events are also held in Guatemala. Marathons, triathlons and ultra-marathons take place in the main tourist destinations. The waves of the Pacific Ocean offer a surfing adventure in pleasant water temperatures any time of the year, and different beach options are available at affordable prices at an hour’s distance from Guatemala City.

Sport fishing

Guatemala is one of the best Marlin fishing destinations in the world. On Guatemala’s Pacific coast, you can find a variety of fish such as Marlin, Tuna, Sailfish, and Dorado (Mahi-Mahi). An average of 15 to 20 bites per day have been recorded, with up to 40 bites per day during the high season. No doubt Guatemala ranks No. 1 sport fishing destination worldwide for experienced fishermen!

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Golf

Tucked into the delightful landscapes of Guatemala is one of the best luxury Golf Resorts in Latin America, with pleasant year-round weather and proximity to the city, as well as to tourist sites, offering golfers a unique and diverse experience.

Golf Tourism in Guatemala is perfect for combining golf rounds with sightseeing in the colonial City of Antigua Guatemala, to marvel at the Maya site of Tikal, enjoy the most beautiful lake in the world, Lake Atitlán, and much more!

Marathons, Ultramarathons and Triathlons

Guatemala’s Marathons, Half-Marathons, Ultramarathons, and Triathlons are world-class sports events that will challenge you in every sense. But sometimes it is about the destination, and not just about the journey, so, as you run, the spectacular and breathtaking landscapes, diverse climate and the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the unique flora and fauna will enhance your experience.

The top running destinations where the main races take place are Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala, Petén, around Lake Atitlán, Cobán, Retalhuleu and Quetzaltenango.

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The most popular running events are:

Race Location Month
Carrera Max Tott Guatemala City January
Guatemágica Retalhuleu March
Media Maratón de Atitlán –Corramos por el Lago- (Half-Marathon) Surroundings of Lake Atitlán April
Media Maratón de Cobán (Half-Marathon) Cobán May
Triatlón Hombre Maya (Triathlon) Petén July
Media Maratón de las Rosas (Half-Marathon) Antigua Guatemala July
Carrera de la Ciudad Ciudad de Guatemala August
Ultra Maratón Guatemala (Ultramarathon) La Antigua Guatemala November
Triatlón Gran Jaguar (Triathlon) Petén November

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Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 


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Adventure

Guatemala is listed among the 19 most mega-diverse countries in the world. This means that a close encounter with exotic wildlife in a green and untamed paradise is within your reach. Its landscapes are a great part of the attraction and adventure tourism can be done any time of the year thanks to Guatemala’s incredible climate.

Land, water and air adventures are waiting for you in Guatemala. The most popular activities are volcano climbing, hiking, rappelling, ziplining, rafting, cave tourism, and mountain biking.

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Volcano-climbing

Over 34 volcanoes are Guatemala’s playground for exciting adventures. These volcanoes rise tall in 3 ranges 80 to 100 kilometers along the Pacific coast, forming a 380-kilometer border-to-border mountain range. The 13 most popular volcanoes in the country are Acatenango, Agua, Atitlan, Chicabal, Fuego, Ipala, Pacaya, San Pedro, Santa María, Santiaguito, Tacaná, Tajumulco and Tolimán.


Hiking

Challenging mountain, hill and volcano climbing to extensive expeditions in our jungles will take you on hiking tours of up to 10 days in search of ancient Maya cities.

There are no limits to hiking options in Guatemala, providing firsthand contact with the Maya culture and all its wonders in a spectacular backdrop of lush nature and biodiversity.


Rappelling

Rappelling in Guatemala, an extreme recreational sport, is ideal for those who enjoy abrupt descents among a wide variety of geological formations, mountains, volcanoes, cliffs, sinkholes, caves, and walls that are the perfect setting for a challenging experience.

Ziplining

If you want to experience an extreme thrill and zip through treetops, Guatemala offers several options for ziplining while enjoying the breathtaking views and landscapes, amid cloud forests, tropical forests, coffee plantations, lakes and villages. Some lines are as long as 800m long!

Rafting

Rivers in the heart of dense tropical jungles, surrounded by Maya communities and perfect weather, mingle to create the ideal site for an incredible and unique rafting experience in Guatemala.

Cave tourism

Guatemala has an impressive cavern system surrounded by exuberant tropical forests and impressive tunnels crossed by rivers and turquoise blue cenotes naturally decorated by stalagmites and stalactites.


Mountain biking

Varying altitudes within small areas makes Guatemala a paradise for mountain bikers. Beautiful volcanoes, extensive valleys, formidable mountains, local culture and historical sites complete the perfect setting for an exciting mountain biking adventure.

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 


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Nature

The biological, cultural and landscape diversity within a relatively small territorial space (108,889 km2) makes Guatemala an ideal destination to explore, visit and enjoy. Thirty-seven volcanoes – three of them active-, several kilometers of volcanic beaches, impressive mountain forests, exuberant rainforests, wetlands of global importance, and a set of archaeological sites that speak of more than 3,500 years of history, as well as the colorful traditions and cultural expressions from millenary people… these are features that make Guatemala the Heart of the Maya World. Guatemala is the stage for many adventures in nature.

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In terms of nature, Guatemala has a variety of activities to carry out:

Bird watching

Guatemala is the perfect destination for bird watching as it is home to more than 720 species (migratory and resident), 33 of which are endemic to the region. Its geographic location and topography are ideal for migratory birds to pause during their journey. Bird watching is amazing any time of the year, but the best months are March and April, when birds are most active as they return home with colorful and fresh new plumage. Local birds also sing and dance to attract a partner, as it is their mating season.

Ecotourism

By visiting ecotourism destinations in Guatemala, you contribute to the conservation and preservation of nature and culture. In any of the regions of the country, ecotourism destinations offer adventure and nature tours that provide a window to experience local traditions. One of many such locations in the highlands is San Juan La Laguna, a charming village surrounded by mountains at the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. Here you can spend some time with the Tz’utujil Mayas who have preserved their own native language, while you learn the delicate techniques of traditional painting, textile dyeing using natural dyes, and even learn about the medicinal use of local plants.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Whale and dolphin watching can be done in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, but the Pacific coast is optimal for this type of activity.

Several species of cetaceans are visible in the Pacific Ocean. Among the most spectacular are the humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) and several species of dolphins, such as the bottle nose (Tursiops truncatus), the spinner dolphin (stenella longitostris) and the tropical spotted dolphin (stenella attenuata).

Protected areas

If you are a true lover of nature and want unique and genuine contact with wildlife, Guatemala is the place to visit. More than 33% of its territory is a protected area and, in addition to preserving different habitats, biodiversity provides the most surprising attractions.

A visit to protected areas ensures an authentic experience with nature and wildlife. In the dense jungle of the north, you are able to watch a variety of birds, howler monkeys and spider monkeys, jaguars, pumas, tapirs and raccoons, among many other species.

Agrotourism

Fertile soil, rich diversity of edible plants and ancient traditional farming techniques, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources, make Guatemala the perfect destination for agritourism.

For hundreds of years, Guatemalans have used a variety of edible plants native to the region such as avocados, beans, corn, pepper, sweet potatoes, annona and cacao. In addition, much of this knowledge has been used for the production of non-wood products, which currently command high commercial value, such as Xate Palm (Chamaedorea spp) and chewing gum (Manilkara spp).

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

NIGEL MARVEN FROM ANIMAL PLANET RECORD HIS PROGRAM IN GUATEMALA.


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