Hidden Histories and Charming Cultures on a Guatemala Tour
Rich pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial history is central to any tour of Guatemala. Begin in the big cities. The UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua is studded with Spanish colonial and 18th-century baroque architecture. The capital Guatemala City, affectionately called Guate, is the place for culture, theater, museums, and art galleries.
In the Peten region, succumb to the charms of Flores with its quaint cobblestone streets, and pastel-colored colonial-style buildings rising up from a central plaza. Make your way south to the colorful market in Chichicastenango, not just for exceptional weaves and traditional handicrafts, but also to experience indigenous Maya culture, and learn something about local legends and folklore.
Situated in the dense jungle of a national park is Tikal, the most impressive Mayan city and ceremonial site in Central America, and possibly the highlight of your Guatemala vacation. Its towering temples and treasures lay hidden for centuries, until rediscovered in the 19th century. Also not to be missed is Lake Atitlan, a crater lake surrounded by volcanoes and lovely little villages and towns. Make time for a sunrise walk up to Indian Nose mountain, which is part of the Sierra Madre range surrounding the shimmering lake waters. A dip in the hot springs at Fuentes Georginas nearby is recommended, after which a wander through the city of Xela is ideal for a taste of local life. Along the Rio Dulce, you can experience the beauty of the Guatemalan wilderness with a boat ride or canoeing trip. Also in the highlands is the town of Coban, a convenient base for exploring the pools, springs, caves, and caverns of the surrounding region of Las Verapaces. By virtue of a rainy mist called chipi-chipi, this is a supremely verdant area in which excellent coffee and cardamom is grown.
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Lose yourself in the effervescent buzz of Guatemala City, or Guate as the locals call it.
Close to Flores, discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tikal National Park (or Parque Nacional Tikal) with its rich treasure trove of Mayan archeological ruins.
Tikal National Park
Once upon a time, Coban was little more than an overnight halt for passing travelers headed to the surrounding plantations, picturesque Mayan villages, and other highland destinations.
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