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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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


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