Guatemala Adventures - Something For Everyone

02 Jun 2018 20:14

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With 37 volcanoes, 23 individual languages, 19 different ecosystems and numerous Mayan and Colonial ruins, it is not surprising that Guatemala - a country no bigger than Tennessee - is cited four times in the #1 Bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

Antigua, Guatemala's most beautiful and historical town, is similar to having a little bit of Europe, just south of their border, but at a fraction of the cost.


Nestled between three dramatic volcanoes in Central America, Antigua, Guatemala is among the world's earliest and most beautiful colonial cities.

In Antigua travelers explore the ruins, museums, art galleries, restaurants and shops that are dotted throughout the famous cobblestone streets of the former capital of Guatemala. Centrally situated, Antigua is also the perfect base from which to take short trips to other popular destinations like Lake Atitlan, the Pacific Coast and the world famous Mayan Temples of Tikal. Called the"land of the eternal spring", Antigua has a humidity-free average temperature of 75 degrees all year round, so there's never a bad time to see.

So whether you prefer a leisurely horse carriage ride through this centuries old city, or a day at the outdoor market discovering incredible hand-crafted paintings, or even a heart-pounding excursion throughout the tree-tops onto a zip-line… whatever could inspire and renew you're likely to be found in Antigua…


Maybe it occurs when you're gazing in the towering volcanoes disappearing into the distance as you skim across an ancient, blue glassy lake on your way to detect your next lakeside Mayan Village. Or maybe it strikes you when you're enjoying the rising sun on a morning at a place so beautiful it makes you catch your breath. Here, in this enchanting place, it occurs - you disconnect, and then reconnect to something which profoundly enriches and renews.

Considered to be among the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is a stunning natural wonder that has seduced travelers for centuries. Ringed by El mirador helicopter tour soaring volcanoes, the crystal blue lake of Atitlan is home to more than a dozen lakeshore villages. In lots of the villages that the Mayan culture remains widespread and the traditional dress is still worn.

Complementing the standard villages are some"amazing tourist towns" such as Panajachel, San Marcos and San Pedro, where travelers from around the world meet, mix and have fun. Atitlan is a really exceptional wonder of the world, or as one recent visitor described it - Lake Atitlan is like having too much of a good thing! Only a short distance away from the lake is the world famous open market of Chichicastenango. In Chichi, tourists get a glimpse into another world full of Mayan rituals, dances, processions and of course an endless selection of spectacular and authentic Guatemalan handcrafted goods.


The undisputed center of Ancient Mayan Society, Tikal sits at the center of Guatemala's northern rain forest -making this sacred place the home of Mayan history in addition to home to hundreds of species of monkeys, toucans and parakeets.

The Tikal National Park, a protected place some 370 square km, is a shifting, mystical experience for visitors - highlighted by the magnificent pyramid ruins of the lost Mayan universe. For years people from around the world have come to Tikal to transfer their minds, bodies and spirits back in time whilst viewing a new day sunrise at dawn as they are surrounded by the ancient Temples of Tikal.

  • One of the most beautiful and distinctive features of Antigua will be the spectacular 400-year-old ruins which can be found on just about any corner of this enchanting, centuries-old city. Many of these ruins can actually be leased for various personal events - making any celebration, meeting, ceremony or wedding uniquely memorable.
  • Casa Santa Domingo, a 5-Star Resort that's built into the ruins, is Antigua's most famous and impressive hotel. This resort warrants serious consideration from anyone planning a visit to Antigua.
  • Another luxury hotel in Antigua which has recently opened is El Convento.

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