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Guatemala

About this destination

Guatemala, “Heart of the Mayan World”. Traveling the country introduces you to a land of a vivid culture with colored textures, marimba sounds, jungles, volcanoes, and a modern city.

Facts

  • Geographic Limits: bordering the Caribbean Sea, between Honduras and Belize and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico.
  • Area:  108,889 sq km
  • Population: 16,176,133 inhabitants
  • Official Language: Spanish and 21 Mayan languages
  • Zone: -6 GMT
  • National Currency: Quetzal Q.

Culture

Guatemala is a multicultural and multilingual country. The Mayan world plays an important role in the current culture where respect and harmony towards humanity and the earth are the main elements. The Spanish conquest marked a new era in the region; however, as of today, the country has a unique mixed of lifestyles and beliefs.

Travel packages for this destination

Guatemala City in Colorful Bus

Get the complete Guatemalan experience by visiting its capital in a authentic and traditional “chicken bus”: Gastronomy and traditions combined with the economic, political, and cultural center. Visit the National Palace with its beautiful decorations and impressive history guarded in its interior. Take time to buy some souvenirs at the central market and discover fresh Guatemalan vegetables and fruits. Enjoy a traditional lunch on your own.

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Pacaya Volcano

Looking for adventure? Visit the Pacaya Volcano in a 3 hour hike. Close to the summit, you can admire lava coming down from the volcano crater. You can either hike or ride a horse in the way up. At the top, the view is beautiful.

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Atitlán Lake & Locals

Described by travelers as one of the most beautiful lakes in Central America surrounded by an impressive landscape formed by 3 volcanoes and 11 mayan villages. The tour connects you with nature and with locals. The tour takes you to explore the market on shores of the lake, boat tour crossing the lake and visiting some of the Mayan villages to learn about textiles, agriculture, and local life.

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Antigua Guatemala

Visit the first capital of Guatemala. Nowadays it represents a mix of cultures between native traditions, colonial architecture, and modern life. As you walk the stoned- streets, pass by modern stores offering souvenirs and at the same time meet the locals wearing their folkloric clothes and talking native languages. The tour takes you to visit colonial structures and ruins, a coffee plantation or vineyard, souvenir market, artisanal stores of jade, textiles, chocolate, or rum.

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Nature Excursions

Be green and travel through the natural landscapes of Guatemala in a pro sustainability excursion. Visit the mountainous region “Las Verapaces” where hiking natural reserves, orchid farms and birdwatching is the first step into this world. Connect with nature in the caves and natural pools of Semuc Champey, a natural wonder. Later, visit the Caribbean zone of the country and admire the beauty of “Río dulce” in a boat tour, surrounded by nature and local communities. Last days are spent at Antigua Guatemala.

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