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Tikal Situated in the lowland rainforest of northern Guatemala, Tikal is one of the top tourist attractions in Guatemala due to its beauty and ancient wonders. The name Tikal translates as “Place of Voices” (sometimes, “Place of Tongues”) and once boasted a bustling population of a quarter million or more. Today, however, all that is left of this ancient metropolis are a number of beautiful Mayan ruins. The city is surrounded by a large wildlife preserve, full of monkeys, parrots, deer, macaws and other incredible specimens. You’ll need to set aside a minimum of two days for a thorough exploration of this natural gem. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means o...

Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey The ethereal pools of Semuc Champey, meaning “sacred Water”, located about 7 km outside of Lanquin combine clear turquoise water, tiny waterfalls and the teeming life of the rainforest. Semuc Champey is a natural water-park, the limestone has little caves too, and you can swim into them and look out from underneath a waterfall. A natural monument in the department of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, near the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín. It consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge, under which passes the Cahabon River.. The Cahabon river is forced underground at the top of the pools and reemerges some 400 meters downstream. Sheer cliffs rise on either side, making the spot even more secluded. A steep hike up to the ...


Guatemala Guatemala is a compact country in Central America. Located to the south of Mexico, the big neighbour in the north, you find Belize in the east and in the south Honduras and El Salvador. Guatemala has a surface area of 108.889 square kilometers (42,042 square miles). It is located in the tropical zone, and has a range of climates that varies according to the altitude. There are two seasons: the rainy months run from May to October, and the dry ones from November to April. The average temperature is 75 F, with small variations in the lowlands and in the highlands. Guatemala has approximately 10 million inhabitants. A large percent belong to 21 ethnolinguistic Mayan groups who have retained the cultural traditions ...

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala Antigua Guatemala, founded in 1543, was the seat of Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala, which included Chiapas (southern Mexico), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The city grew into the most important city in Central America, filled with monumental buildings of ornate Spanish colonial architecture. By 1773, in addition to the cathedral and government palace the city could boast of over 30 churches, 18 convents and monasteries, 15 hermitages, 10 chapels, the University of San Carlos, five hospitals, an orphanage, fountains and parks, and municipal water and sewer systems. It was the the most noble and loyal city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, as it w...

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan When English novelist Aldous Huxley visited Guatemala, he referred to Lake Atitln as the most beautiful lake in the world and this same phrase is often heard from the European and American visitors that constantly travel through the narrow winding road that leads to Lake Atitln. The beautiful lake, as it is seen from Panajachel, Santa Catarina and San Antonio Palop, has three volcanoes (Tolimn, Atitln and San Pedro), as its backdrop. Lake Atitln is volcanic in origin. Its surface is 1562 meters above sea level, although this figure varies somewhat from year to year as the lake rises and falls. The maximum recorded depth is 324 meters but the lake is probably somewhat deeper in parts. It is 12 miles long and between ...


Ceibal The Ceibal stelae are among some of the finest and most well-preserved sculptures of the Late Classical Mayan period. This is why Ceibal is often called the Mayan Art Gallery. However, the basic cultural sequence for the Ceibal site can be traced through its ceramics. Pottery figures portray females and males in a style suggestive of the Preclassical figurines of the Guatemala. The occupation of Ceibal began around 800 B.C. (Middle Preclassical period). The history of the city of Ceibal is written in the stelae that circle the principal plaza and they speak of persons related to the Mayan lineage, among them, those of Tikal. The last stele, chronologically speaking, is interesting because it shows a person with Mexi...




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