Guatemala City, Yuliza Muñoz -AGN- During the 2023-2024 cruise ship season, Guatemala has received 45,791 passengers and 23,358 crew members on 32 cruise ships that have docked at Puerto Quetzal and Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla.
The Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat- explained that for this season, which began in September 2023 and ends in July of this year, 70,000 cruise passengers are expected to visit the country.
Guatemala, the best destination in Central America
In 2023, according to Porthole Cruise and Travel magazine, Guatemala was considered the best cruise destination in the region. The internationally dedicated cruise travel publication revealed the 2023 cruise line winners. The magazine’s readers granted these awards.
Visitors have a great variety of attractions to visit. Inguat mentions that the most visited places are:
- Antigua Guatemala and surrounding towns
- Lake Atitlán
- Coffee and macadamia farms
- Chapín Auto Safari
- Pacaya volcano
- Iximché archaeological site
- Quiriguá archaeological site
- Río Dulce Canyon, Livingston
- San Felipe Castle
- Las Escobas trail
- Amatique Bay
These visits represent an excellent opportunity to improve the country’s development through this important economic sector, tourism. These strategies propose lines of action to increase the supply of cruise ships that dock in Guatemala. The strategy will strengthen the supply of technical and trained human resources in tourism.