Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and a small piece of Caribbean coastline to the east.
Guatemala is one of thos rare finds, with a mix of travel options to satisfy adventurers, culture seekers, beach worshippers, and travelers looking for a little relaxation. The country is a culture highlight in Central America, from the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of Antigua Gautemala to the Mayan Ruins of Tikal. Small towns in the highlands and on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan offer a chance for a unique cultural experiences.
Tropical jungles, active volcanoes, mountain lakes, cloud forests, coral reefs and beaches will entice nature lovers of all kind. Along the coastline, the lovely beaches are perfect for relaxing, and fishing villages where travelers can escape busy city streets and find solitude.
In the humid jungle of northern Guatemala, near the border of Belize, stands one of the greatest archeological sites in Central America, the Mayan Ruins of Tikal. The well preserved ruined city of Tikal, showcases more than 3,000 structures, from pyramids and temples to plazas and an acropolis. The experience of visiting these ruins is enhanced by the surroundings. Steep pyramids rise above the jungle's lush green canopy and birds, monkeys and other wildlife frequent the area.
Lake Atitlan has been described by many as the most beautiful lake in the world, formed in a volcanic crater, the three spectacular volcanoes are the backdrop for the clear waters and the quaint villages found along the shores. For a different experience, a visit to Chichicastenango, a large town surrounded by valleys and mountains. The sleepy cobblestone streets come alive as it hosts one of the largest and most hectic markets in Guatemala. This local market sells regular everday goods, vegetables famous distinctive textiles as well as tourist oriented trinklets.