Tourism in Guatemala has grown gradually after the end of the civil war. It has become a very attractive destination due to the abundant and varied natural beauties such as its extensive white sand beaches and dark sand, coral reefs, an abundant flora and fauna, as well as archaeological beauties, its colonial history, as well as its culture expressed in its customs and typical gastronomies. There is a marked interest of the international community for Mayan archaeological sites such as the city of Tikal.
If you like adventure tourism and extreme sports, Guatemala offers different alternatives, such as climbing one of its 37 volcanoes, hiking from 3 to 6 days through the Petén jungle, fishing on the Pacific coast, paragliding at Lake Atitlán and bike tours through Antigua or Lake Atitlan.
Guatemala, because it is considered the heart of the Mayan World, has many archaeological sites that can be visited so you can discover the secrets of the Mayan civilization. One of the most important sites is the Tikal National Park, a site declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979 and located in Petén in the middle of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
Guatemala being a small country in territorial extension, it is a huge country in terms of natural and cultural diversity! The country has very diverse natural environments ranging from beaches to volcanoes and from dry forests to humid tropical forests. In these ecosystems, Guatemala reports 720 species of birds of which at least 150 are regional endemics. For bird watching, the country has developed into five tourist routes: Altiplano Center, Pacific-Bocacosta, Caribbean-East, Las Verapaces and Petén.
The Gastronomy of Guatemala is characterized by the fusion of two great cultures, geographic location and topography that is very varied, as well as with sea at both ends, coasts, meadows, forests and mountains; without forgetting its climatic diversity during the year, which is the source of a great variety and availability of ingredients. The cuisine of Guatemala reflects the multicultural nature of the country, which offers different flavors depending on the region. Guatemala has 22 departments, and each of them has different varieties of dishes.
Antigua Guatemala, in the colonial era called Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, was the capital of the General Captaincy of Guatemala between 1543 and 1776. After a series of earthquakes that hit the city, the capital was moved to the Ermita Valley ( current location). Despite the strong movements, some buildings did not suffer considerable damage, so that, after repairs and remodeling at different times, they can still be visited today.
On October 26, 1979, Antigua Guatemala is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Surrounded by three beautiful volcanoes, its stone streets, the colorful facades of its houses and churches and its climate, make this city a unique place in the world.