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5 fantastic reasons to vIsit Guatemala – and 4 things to do there 

Written by Fiona

November 23 2023

Guatemala, the heart of Mayan civilization and a country bursting with culture and natural beauty is truly worth a trip. Let’s delve into why this Central American gem deserves to be on your adventure travel bucket list!

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1. Enchanting Natural Beauty

Guatemala’s natural splendor never disappoints. Picture sparkling azure lakes like the mesmerising Lake Atitlan, encircled by majestic alpine peaks, amid a lush rainforest teeming with unique wildlife.

Throw in the majestic Pacaya and Acatenango volcanoes and you have a landscape that seems straight out of a fairy tale. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will greatly enjoy Guatemala.

2. Glimpse into Ancient Mayan Civilisations

With relics and ruins spread across the country, Guatemala provides a unique chance to step into the shoes of ancient Mayans. Locations such as Tikal National Park and Quirigua showcase remarkable pyramids, stone sculptures, and hieroglyphics.

It’s like journeying back in time and finding oneself amid an era that radiated profound wisdom and culture.

3. Guatemala’s Diverse Culture and Traditions

Not just a hit among history buffs, Guatemala also captivates with its vibrant local culture. Indigenous traditions flourish side by side with Spanish colonial influence, creating an intriguing fusion witnessed in the local markets, cuisine, music, or even in the vibrantly coloured textiles. Immerse yourself for a travel experience that touches all your senses.

4. A Haven for Coffee Lovers

If you’re a fan of coffee, Guatemala is your paradise. The country’s volcanic soil and climate conditions create the perfect environment for growing high-quality Arabica beans. Even better, coffee farm tours let you see the process from seed to cup, while sipping on some of the best brews in the world.

5. Heartwarming Guatemalan Hospitality

Finally, it’s the welcoming hearts of the Guatemalan people that leave an indelible mark on its visitors. Even amid a diversity of languages and cultures, a shared warmth and generosity shine through in every interaction.

Your visit to Guatemala will make you feel at home, far away from home.

Must-do things in Guatemala

1. Step Back in Time at Tikal National Park 

One of Guatemala’s standout experiences is visiting Tikal National Park. A millennia-old Mayan citadel nestled amid dense rainforest, Tikal is an archaeological treasure trove. As you climb the ancient steps of towering temples and monuments, don’t be surprised if a sense of awe overtakes you.

2. Walk the Colourful Streets of Antigua

Arrange a day or two to explore Antigua, Guatemala’s cultural heart. This UNESCO World Heritage site is known for its pastel-colored buildings and stunning baroque-style architecture, in cobblestone streets exuding old-world charm. It’s an absolute must-visit place in Guatemala.

3. Discover the Magic of Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is considered by many as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Ringed by volcanoes and indigenous Mayan villages, it’s a place that radiates ethereal beauty. Whether you want to hike, kayak, or simply take in the stunning views, Lake Atitlan is an indispensable stop on any Guatemalan adventure.

4. Taking a Planned Tour in Guatemala

Your trip to Guatemala would be incomplete without taking a planned tour. Engaging tour guides, well-thought-out itineraries and convenient logistics take you through the country’s highlights without any hassle.

Plus, did you know that there are various affordable tours to Guatemala? Many have packages providing an overview of everything Guatemala offers, allowing you to pick the best option for your travel needs and budget. It’s always a chance to make your journey all the more memorable!

In conclusion, Guatemala is a hidden paradise waiting to be explored. Boasting everything from historic sites to captivating natural wonders and rich culture, this gem of Central America definitely deserves a spot on your adventure travel list. Start planning your Guatemalan adventure today.

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