Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala’s main port. You will find some local vendors, a hotel and a few restaurants, but this is primarily a commercial port. The nearest town is San Jose, about a mile away.
Traveling inland you will pass through coastal plains, then in to the mountainous interior.
There are several good options of things to do in the area:
1)Visit “Antigua” a charming Spanish colonial city with cobblestone streets, and UNESCO heritage site. See many original buildings, some restored, and some still in ruins from an earthquake. Famous Casa Santo Domingo is a five star hotel and museum built around an original monastery, one of the earliest in the Central American region. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65
San Antonio Aguas Calientes, is known for their weavers. A 30-minute taxi ride from Antigua.
This is about 1 ½ hour bus ride from the port.
Popular advice is get the DIY cruise tour, or there will be tourist bus you can set up in port, or local busses for just a few dollars. Traffic may be a problem on the return trip so allows yourself plenty of time to get back if you are not on a ships excursion.
Video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVg5rzJ1dFI&feature=youtu.be
2)Lake Atitlan: Considered by many to rival the beauty of Lake Como in Italy, this beautiful lake is about a 2 hour ride from Port. Volcanic mountains surround the deepest Lake in Central America. Transportation between cities is by ferry across the lake. Utube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiDPwRvSHJU
3)Monterrico is the neighboring city with Biotope Monterrico-Hawaii, a nature reserve. Featuring a sea turtle hatchery program &dedicated to protecting local mangroves.
4)Nearby in Retalhuleu is the Museum of Archeology & Ethnology; this museum features Central American native artifacts& art. Xocomil Waterpark featuring children’s swimming activities
5)Bird Watching. You can travel to Los Tarrales Natural Reserve. Link to local tour operator http://kimarrintravelgroup.com/ver_producto.asp?clc=303&id=4313
6)Deep Sea fishing from town of Iztapa.
7)Ruins at Tikal, which was one of the most important Mayan Cities. This requires a 2 hour flight. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can visit the Great Plaza and Lost World Complex
Local Travel Agency for tours with prices: http://www.happyfishtravel.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=75
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65 UNESCO World Heritage List