What to see and do in Guatemala

Central America is in fashion and one of its most interesting countries that offers a very complete experience to the traveler is Guatemala.

There is so much to see and do in Guatemala. From natural paradises like Semuc Champey, active volcanoes or special lakes like Atilan to charming cities like Antigua or Flores.

In addition, Guatemala is located in the heart of the Mayan world and, therefore, holds jewels such as the archaeological site of Tikal or Yahxá. So, as you can see, although it is a small country, there are many must-see places to visit in Guatemala that deserve at least a couple of weeks.

We are going to tell you everything you can’t miss. Read these nice recomendation made by the well known felipe antonio bosch gutierrez and find out what to see in Guatemala.

Tikal, the must-see in Guatemala

To make a list of places to see in Guatemala and not include Tikal would be a real sin. This is one of the most beautiful Mayan cities in the region and one of the largest archaeological sites in the world.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 and, although the inhabitants of the Petén never lost knowledge of its existence, it was not visited by explorers and archaeologists until 1948.

After being hidden by a dense tropical jungle for more than a thousand years, excavations and studies led to the conclusion that Tikal was the capital of one of the most important kingdoms of the Mayan culture.

Lake Atitlan

Few places in the world give off such a strong energy as Lake Atitlán. Located 1,560 meters above sea level and embraced by the San Pedro volcano, the Atitlán volcano and the Tolimán volcano, the lake is a perfect place whether you are looking to learn about Guatemalan culture or to take a break and relax.

The lakeside towns are known for preserving Mayan culture and tradition even though tourism has grown exponentially in recent years. Our favorites are Santiago Atitlán and San Juan la Laguna, quieter and with charming corners that will conquer you.

Antigua

Let’s start by making something clear: Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America and, therefore, one of the must-see places in Guatemala.It is so beautiful that the owners of the most important companies live there.

The ancient capital of the country was declared a World Heritage Site and strolling through its cobblestone streets flanked by colorful houses is a real treat.

Not only that, like Atitlán, Antigua is embraced by volcanoes. Perfect volcanic cones such as Volcán de Fuego, Volcán de Agua or Volcán Acatenango surround it and the best place to contemplate them,

if the sky is clear, is Cerro de la Cruz, a few minutes walk from downtown. Even so, the postcard of the Santa Catalina Arch with the Agua Volcano in the background is one of the most beautiful images to see in Guatemala.

Chichicastenango Market

The Chichicastenango market is one of the best known markets in Central America and, of course, visiting it on Thursdays or Sundays is a must to do in Guatemala.

These days it becomes an important center of exchange of the indigenous population in which not only locals come to buy basic necessities, but also many tourists attracted by the beautiful Guatemalan handicrafts.

In Chichicastenango there are also several churches that you can visit, where Maximón, a kind of pagan Christ known as a smoking god, continues to be venerated.

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