Guatemala

Guatemala, is the heart of the Mayan world. Alive, magical, mystical and ancestral. Its history goes back four thousand years, when the Mayan civilization emerged, whose legacy remains today with the traditions and culture of its people.

Guatemala is a country of extraordinary cultural and natural richness and with a privileged geographical location. The distances from place to place are short, allowing you to visit several regions in the same trip.

It is a unique country, of adventure, unforgettable, between its past and present, in addition to the diversity of activities that it offers to the visitor. Known as the country of the eternal spring, it enjoys a pleasant climate that allows to visit it at any time of the year. In addition, it offers several possibilities of access from any part of the world, with two international airports: the Aurora, located in the capital city; And Mundo Maya, located in the Department of Petén.

The colour of its handicraft markets and its regional costumes, the hospitality of its people, the beauty of its natural landscapes that frame volcanoes, lakes, rivers and mountains, make Guatemala etched in the heart of those who visit it. Its natural, cultural and historical patrimony can be discovered in every corner of the country.

Guatemala houses the largest number of archaeological sites in the Mayan culture, surrounded by an impressive flora and fauna, which makes them the true lungs of humanity. The magic and Mystery of the Mayan world subsist in millenary cities such as Tikal, Yaxhá, Aguateca, Mirador, Quiriguá and Q’uma ‘ Rkaj among others.

In addition, Guatemala offers advantages in some specific segments for visitors, such as its strategic location, facilities in its terrestrial and maritime terminals, making it an important destination for Pacific and Atlantic Cruises. Its fishing resources on the Pacific coast have given it recognition as one of the best places for sailfish fishing in the world. The variety of more than 720 species of birds, makes it a wonderful and important destination to observe. 

Destination Highlights
  • Antigua
  • Lake Atitlan
  • Chichicastenangol

Time Zone

GMT -6

Flight Time

Approx 11.5 hours from Madrid

Currency

Quetzal

Visa Information

No visa needed for stay up to 90 days

Language

Spanish

Health Information

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Things to do in Guatemala

A must see is Lake Atitlan which is a huge volcanic crater in Guatemala's southwestern highlands. It is known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes set amongst striking scenery. Antigua is a UNESCO world heritage where boutiques, galleries, arty cafe's and restaurants abound. 

  • Lake Atitlan

    Lake Atitlan is one of the most beautiful in the world with its crystalline-azure waters in an extinct volcanic crater located in the southwest of the country. Atitlan is the ideal place to come in contact with local Guatemalan folklore. Twelve Indian villages surround the lake, and their inhabitants are descendants from the great Quiche, Cackchiquel and Tzutuhil nations.

  • Mayan Ruins

    For anyone into archaeology, Guatemala is a paradise. The country is home to hundreds of Mayan ruins with the most famous located in Tikal UNESCO World Heritage Site - dating back to 900 BC.

  • Antigua

    Located in Guatemala's central highlands, the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua is just a 55 minute drive from Guatemala City international airport. Famous for its impressive baroque Spanish architecture, the city has a wealth of attractions to explore.

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