Gap Year in Guatemala

Ruins of the Mayan Temples, incredible biodiversity, picturesque beaches, rich culture, and warm people - there's nothing lacking in Guatemala. This Central American country is nothing short of its neighbors like Belize, Costa Rica or Honduras, and has become a popular gap year destination in Latin America in recent years. Head to Guatemala for walking down the lanes of the ancient world, visiting the pristine lakes and nature reserves, taking up adventure activities like dipping in the Pacific waters!

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Most Recommended Trips in Guatemala

Mayan Sun- Northbound- Antigua to Playa del Carmen GDA
Mayan Sun- Northbound- Antigua to Playa del Carmen

A 16-days road trip across Central America making your way through countries like Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Experience diving, snorkeling, beachfront nightlife, take a walk through history and witness the long-lost Mayan culture.

Guatemala, Belize, Mexico

16 days

Price Starting From $1323

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Mayan Sun Southbound- Playa del Carmen to Antigua with GDA
Mayan Sun Southbound- Playa del Carmen to Antigua

Go on a pub crawl, dig into awesome food, groove to Latin beats- make South America your oyster! One foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, this 16-day odyssey is going to give you a sensory overload!

Mexico, Belize, Guatemala

16 days

Price Starting From $1323

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Volcano Trail - Antigua to San José with GDA
Volcano Trail - Antigua to San José

Follow the Volcano trail of Central America from Antigua up till San José and experience Caribbean living with a hint of fast paced adventures! Trot the grounds of Mayan mystery and experience bombastic adventures in Central America.

Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

17 days

Price Starting From $1359

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Costa rica trip with GDA
Adventure Exotica - Costa Rica To Antigua

Get your rainforest high in Costa Rica and hang on to your life by a rope as you scream your way across the jungle zip-lining or hike up a trail leading to a volcano in Nicaragua, or capture the timeless colonial relics in Antigua.

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala

18 days

Price Starting From $1415

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General Questions

All travelers except the passport holders of the Visa exempt countries need to acquire a visa for entering Guatemala. Citizens of US, Canada, Japan, EU Countries, Norway, Australia, New Zealand are a few among those who can travel in Guatemala without a visa for up to a period of 90 days. If your country’s name is not on the visa exempt list then you will need to apply for a visa at your nearest Guatemalan Consulate. 

Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey? 

Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand. 

If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the Cuba, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.

Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information. 

You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling Guatemala. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 40-50 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Guatemala, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of an emergency, if one arises. 

We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. The recommended vaccinations for traveling in Guatemala are Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Malaria, Rabies and Yellow Fever. Zika virus is a risk in Guatemala and travelers should take necessary precautions to prevent any mosquito bites.

You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Smart, casual look and layering is the way to go when traveling in Guatemala. Pack light layers like T-shirts, camisoles, dresses for summers and some warmer layers like long-sleeved shirts and sweaters for winter. In the winter months of December-March the weather is nice and mild, neither too hot nor too cold, so lightweight warm clothes like fleece jackets, sweaters, hoodies and track pants would be perfect for this time. From May-August the weather tends to get really hot and humid and light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics should be your clothing essential for this time. The highlands, also known as the Land of Eternal Spring experiences pleasant days and cool nights, so it’s always a good option to keep a light windcheater on you at all times. Do look up the weather before locking in on your packing list! 

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