Visit Guatemala’s Top Historic Sites and Natural Beauties

street of AntiguaGuatemala is quickly becoming one of the hottest travel destinations in Latin America. Located just to the south of Mexico, this developing country marks the entry point for many tourists on a Central American holiday. Visitors flock there each year to explore the ancient Mayan ruins, colonial cities and immense biodiversity.

For travelers who love a heavy mix of ancient civilization and European culture, Guatemala stands out amongst the rest of Central America. The Tikal National Park and Yaxha Mayan ruins are two of the most popular historical sites. The Tikal National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, travelers from all over the world explore the Tikal capital of a Mayan kingdom. The Yaxha Mayan ruins are another popular option and generally a bit less crowed than Tikal. The walk through the jungle trail required to reach the Yaxha Mayan ruins will ignite your sense of adventure.

Antigua is the top colonial city in Guatemala. Famous for its Spanish architecture and cobbled streets, you can spend days there exploring the city. Go where the locals go and visit the Antigua market. You’ll find everything from produce of the region to artisan crafts like games and wood sculptures. The views from these central highlands are incredible. Three major volcanoes (Volcan de Agua, Acatenango and Volcan de Fuego) can be spotted on the horizon of Antigua. This combination of historical landmarks and mesmerizing natural beauty makes Antigua a place no to be missed on any Guatemalan vacation.

After spending time in Antigua, many travelers make their way to the Pacaya National Park. Its accessibility from both Guatemala City and Antigua makes an ideal place for first time visitors. In this national park lies the Pacaya volcano, which is still active to this day. The hike to the volcano is the most popular attraction, where you can watch lava flow and catch fire. Be sure to pack your camera and amaze your friends with once in a lifetime photo shots.

If you’re craving time away from it all, head to Flores island. Explore the island on foot while enjoying in the red-roofed houses, colonial influence and Caribbean vibe.Visit dozens of stores, markets and restaurants or relax by the water. This little island will make you feel like you’ve discovered a hidden world.

Families, couples and solo adventurers alike love visiting the Lake Atitlan. This volcanic lake is located in the western highlands of Guatemala. Little towns pepper the edges of the lake. Many tourists begin in the hub city of Panajachel and make their way to authentically Mayan towns like Santa Catarina Palopo. Enjoy a horseback ride, hike, kayaking tour and picnic by the lake’s famous sunset.

No matter what you choose to do, your time in Guatemala is sure to be unforgettable.

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