What to see in Guatemala

Guatemala Attractions

The heart of ancient Mayan culture lives on in Guatemala, with a Spanish influence that blends ancient, colonial and modern eras together seamlessly. From the classical Spanish-Baroque architecture in Antigua, exemplified by such pieces as the famous fountain, Fuente de Pescado, to the legendary structural wonders of the Mayan temple complex Tikal, each step along Guatemala's quaint cobbled streets and jungle trails leads further into the distant past.

As with many of its Central American neighbours, Guatemala has held onto local customs and cultures while developing its urban hubs to meet modern tourist standards. Party in Guatemala City's business district during warm evenings, then travel to the markets in Chichicastenango on a Sunday, a meeting place for traditional artisans and hub for local produce that is bound to entice all travellers with the sensory delicacies of Guatemala's verdant forests, farms and plantations. Adventurous travellers can hike up Volcan San Pedro, just behind the famous picturesque resort village of San Pedro La Laguna, but should note that a local guide is considered essential to conquering the dormant volcano's peak. While the adrenaline junkies are relishing Guatemala's many peaks, other travellers can enjoy a spate of urban sightseeing. The country is also home to a wealth of ancient artefacts and numerous historical sites so history buffs will be in their element.

The country has a strong tourism industry and travellers looking for an in-depth and immersive experience into authentic Central American culture should lace up their boots and pack their bags, for they need look no further than Guatemala.


A quaint traditional hill village with cobbled streets and red tiled roofs, it has been one of the largest centres of Mayan trade since pre-Hispanic times and thousands of people gather in a spectacle…

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The holiday resort town of Panajachel in the highlands has a large population of long-term hippie expats and a distinctly Western character. The relaxed ambience accompanies breath-taking views of…

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San Pedro La Laguna

The holiday destination of San Pedro La Laguna has a relaxed, bohemian feel and it comes as no surprise that it is one of the most popular places for a summer holiday in Guatemala. The village revolves…

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Set deep in the jungle of the Parque Nacional, Tikal is home to one of the most important remnants of Mayan culture, the City of Voices. First occupied around 800 BC and becoming one of the Mayan political…

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Volcan San Pedro

The Volcan San Pedro is located behind San Pedro La Laguna and offers one of the most spectacular views in the world. The hike is strenuous, around 6 hours round trip depending on fitness levels, but…

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