I wish I can visit Guatemala in the next 5 years, but if possible, I would be delighted to be able to do it as a very simple tourist. However, the country is developing permanently and thus, there are many possibilities for various categories of customers.
Following, there are a couple of useful Internet addresses helpful for anyone trying to do more than a simple backpacking around the country.
Strong competition of the tour operators
Anyone interested in planning a long term trip or a business adventure in Guatemala may check how Expedicion Panamundo can help. This Tour Operator is on the market since 1975 and is situated in Guatemala City. Its aim is to offer to each customer the right package according to the needs of individual and group tourists. The company has recognized experience in organizing corporate meetings and offering various cruises and charter flights.
For the tourists ready to touch and taste the real Guatemala, Maya Exotic Travel is ready to offer individual and group custom made itineraries. The possibilities are: jungle expeditions, eco adventure, immersion in the traditional culture, fishing, archaeology, active tourism. The company has experience in organizing international congresses all over the Central America.
For more ecologically oriented tours, knock at the e-doors of Maya Sky, one of the leaders of the local market. Their customer service is also much appreciated and envied by the competition.
Another tour operator that is recommended for various trips in Guatemala, but also for Honduras and Belize is Maya Trails, with 25 years of experience.
Founded in 1971, STP Guatemala has its own transportation fleet and a hotel chain with properties in five main destinations in the country.
The tour of hotels
In case that you are worried where to find the best accommodation, have a look at the 9 hotels included in the portfolio of Camino Real Corporation. Besides the high-end facilities and the luxury offer, the company is ready to offer to its customers the most modern and equipped convention center in Guatemala City.
Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago is situated two hours away from the capital city, on the shores of Atitlan. The customers using their facilities will remember for a long time the beautiful view of the lake and the natural landscape. Their main services are: accommodation, food and beverages, wifi, parking, playground for children, private dock, direct access to the lake, rental jet skis and kayaks, rooms for conventions meetings, various facilities of transportation (water transport included), laundry facilities.
Another hotel appreciated for its services is Hotel Posada Hermano Pedro, located in the Center of Antigua Guatemala. This hotel company has 56 rooms, with 2 luxury suites, 2 junior suites, 11 triples and 41 double rooms. The rooms are provided with safety deposit boxes, cable TV, private bathrooms and enough space to make you feel at home. For the groups participating at business events and looking for big spaces for social events, the ballroom is ready to host around 100 people. The room has wireless Internet services and special support material.
For those looking to be pampered according to the highest standards in terms of hospitality, Radisson Hotel is ready to assist, with the 130 spacious suites with panoramic views of the city and the volcanoes, addressing both business and leisure travelers.
In case that you want to move to Guatemala, for a month, a year or the rest of your life, you should start with learning the language. Mundo Spanish School is ready to assist anyone interested in learning the language, but also using the benefit of a total immersion in the local life and culture. The classes are offered for individual students, but also for groups and are taught by certified and highly qualified teachers with practice experience in the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
More information about where to go and what to do in Guatemala, on the official tourist side: http://www.visitguatemala.com
The main languages spoken are: Spanish, English and German.