Major Tourist Attractions: Lago de Atitlan, Tikal, Pacaya, Dulce River, La Aurora Zoo
Rising from the ashes of a nasty civil war, it took some time for tourists to begin to trust Guatemala again. For a while though, this country was a perfectly secret travel destination for adventure travelers. With the war still fresh on the minds of many, and the country the safest it had ever been, the backpacking class of travelers almost had Guatemala all to themselves. However, today, Mexico's southern neighbor is far from under-visited and sits firmly on the list of destinations for all sorts of travelers. Over the past decade, the income entering Guatemala from travel-related sources has more than doubled, and many expect that figure to continue rising as the spoils of this Central American gem continue to be revealed.
What makes Guatemala special is its diversity. One moment travelers can find themselves wandering through an old colonial city sat in the shadow of a great volcano still breathing smoke. The next day, one may find them self exploring an ancient, pre-Colombian, city filled with pyramids that pierce the jungle and stretch towards the humid sky. Then, one may be sat at the feet of a traditionally dressed woman in the highlands bargaining the prices of fine textiles and jewelry.
Guatemala, in many ways, is what the vast majority of tourists seek out in a travel destination. The country is filled with perfect opportunities to engage with people, history, and nature alike. The best part, of course, is the ease at which it can all happen. You can throw yourself across this country from one end to the other in a day, and watch the diversity of it all unfold in front of your eyes.
Things to do in Guatemala:
- Climb a pyramid or two in the ancient city of Tikal
- Wander through the colonial architecture of the town of Antigua
- Hike up an active volcano from Panajachel
- Bargain with locals at the Sunday market in Chichicastenango
- Boat around Lake Atitlan and visit some of the many villages
- Explore the forests and farm life at Finca Ixobel
Address: Embajada de los Estados
Unidos de América
Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10
Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala
Phone: (502) 2326-4000