These days there are many ways to plan your trip beyond poring over travel guides. Take to Instagram and get some photographic inspiration with these accounts.
This crowdsourced feed selects the best photos by users who upload with #quepeladoguate. Many of the photos show off beautiful landscapes, while other focus on the intriguing traditions of the country. Use the hashtag on your posts for the chance to be featured on the account.
The official account of the Guatemalan tourist board is a great place to start, with high-quality photos from across the country. You’re sure to find incredible things to do after a quick scroll through this feed.
Another crowdsourced account with its own hashtag, this is a great source of travel inspiration. You’ll find plenty of ideas of places to visit off the beaten path looking through the adventures of the largely middle-class Guatemalans that post here. You might need a vehicle to get to many of the places on show.
Antigua might be small, but it’s full of hidden corners. Follow this account to see all of the places that are behind those thick colonial walls, and try to visit them when you’re in town.
One of the best known Instagram “influencers” in Guatemala is known as Mono del Espacio, or Space Monkey in English. Regardless of what you think of the name, the photos are interesting. There are lots of models in unlikely locations, but also plenty of pointers as to cool things to do in Guatemala City and beyond.
Photographer Sarah Muller is the shooter behind this account, which couples great images with interesting captions. Well-travelled and with a great eye, Muller has a great account for those looking for more artsy shots rather than straight up tourist brochure fodder.
José Pablo Anleu is the organizer of the “Instameet Guatemala,” where photographers get together to shoot in different locations around the country. Follow and message him to see if there is a meet when you are in the country.
This online magazine publishes regular features on the traditions and customs that make Guatemala so unique. Scroll back through past posts to see which events coincide with your visit.
While many of the Instagrammers on this list spend most of their time in Guatemala City or Antigua, Gerson Cifuentes comes from the northern San Marcos department. Instead of tourist spots or stylized photos of models, Cifuentes focuses on the daily life of people in the countryside. If you want to get an idea of what most Guatemalans do, this is a great account to follow.