Traveling to Guatemala

Traveling to Guatemala is an experience you will never forget. It is a small country but there are lots to see and do.

There’s diverse nature, ancient architecture, and rich culture.

And with the nickname “The Land of Eternal Spring”, you can bet the weather will be great for sightseeing 9 days out of 10!

Here are 10 things to do while you travel in Guatemala.

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1. Tikal

Tikal is an ancient Mayan citadel in the rainforest. Some say it goes as far back as the 1st century A.D. Inside Tikal are the ruins of ancient temples and palaces including the Lost World Pyramid and the Temple of the Grand Jaguar.

2. Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is in Sierra Madre mountain range and is the deepest lake in Central America. It is a volcanic basic with a maximum depth of 340 meters.

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3. Rio Dulce

Rio Dulce is a popular place to go sailing. At the entrance is a small Spanish fort built to stop pirates back in colonial times.

It also has one of the biggest bridges in Central America. Further down the river are pretty towns and a beautiful natural scenery.

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4. Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey is “where the river hides under the stones”. It has a 300 meter natural limestone bridge spanning over the Cahabón River.

On top of the bridge are turquoise natural pools which you can swim in.

5. Pacaya

Pacaya is an active volcano 2,552 meters high. After 70 years of dormancy it erupted in the 1960’s and continues to do so frequently.

6. Volcán de Fuego

The “Volcano of Fire” is famous for being constantly active, albeit at a low level. It spouts small bursts of ash and gas several times an hour.

7. Lake Petén Itzá

At 99 km², Lake Petén is the second largest lake in Guatemala. Its maximum depth is 160 meters.

Lake Petén Itzá has a lot of migration activity and archeological sights. You can spot crocodiles, several big cat species, exotic birds, and more.

On the northeast shore is a butterfly reserve which also has monkeys, toucans, and other species.

8. Tikal Temple IV

Tikal Temple IV is a pyramid in the Tikal Ruins (#1 on this list). It is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the Americas – 70 meters tall.

Archaeologists speculate that Yik’in Chan K’awiil’s tomb lies underneath the temple

9. Arco de Santa Catalina

This 17th century structure is a landmark in Antigua and once connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school.

They added the clock in the 1800s.

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10. Palacio Nacional de la Cultura

The National Palace of Culture is an architectural symbol of Guatemala City. It was the headquarters of the Guatemalan President. Nowadays It is a museum.

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Ancient ruins, volcanic lakes, colonial towns, lush jungle, cultural crafts, and more. Guatemala is a must-see country when in Latin America.

Don’t let the small size fool you. Plan to stay more than a few weeks to take in everything this amazing country has to offer.

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