Guatemala – Amazing and Unstoppable
With its remarkable blend of history, culture and nature, Guatemala is an alluring destination for travellers seeking a unique and enriching experience. From the awe-inspiring Mayan temples to the lush rainforests, picturesque lakes and spectacular volcanoes, this Central American country has something for everyone
Guatemala, the heart of the Mayan World and of Central America, is a land of captivating landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. This small yet diverse country offers a unique and unforgettable experience to travellers who seek to immerse themselves in the wonders of nature and ancient civilisations. From the breathtaking Mayan temples with more than 3,000 years of history, to the lush rainforests, picturesque lakes and spectacular volcanoes, Guatemala has something to offer every adventurous soul.
By H.E. Mr. Willy Gomez, Ambassador of Guatemala to the United Arab Emirates
The Heritage of Ancient Wonders
Guatemala is home to some of the most significant archaeological sites of the ancient Mayan civilisation.
Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands tall as one of the largest Mayan cities with towering pyramids that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding jungle. Exploring the temples of Tikal takes visitors on a journey back in time, offering a glimpse into the advanced culture and architectural prowess of the Mayans.
Enchanting Natural Landscapes
Nature enthusiasts are in for a treat when visiting Guatemala. The country’s diverse topography includes volcanoes, highlands, rainforests, rivers, lakes and a stunning coastline.Acatenango and Pacaya volcanoes offer thrilling hiking experiences, allowing wanderers to witness awe-inspiring volcanic activity.
Lake Atitlán, often referred to as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, mesmerises with its crystal-clear waters and majestic surrounding volcanoes.
On the Pacific, Guatemala offers tourists with black volcanic sand beaches which are great for surfers who are passionate for big waves and a more chilled and relaxed environment.
Guatemala’s colonial history is visible in its charming cities and towns. Antigua Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a picturesque city renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant cultural scene. The city’s ruins are a testament to its tumultuous past, having endured earthquakes that shaped its unique character.
Vibrant Indigenous Culture
The indigenous culture of Guatemala is a treasure trove of vibrant traditions and customs. Throughout the country, visitors can encounter colourful textiles, intricate handcrafts, and lively traditional celebrations. Markets such as Chichicastenango offer an authentic experience where locals sell their wares, providing a glimpse into the heart of Guatemala’s cultural heritage.
Adventure and Eco-Tourism
For adrenaline seekers and eco-conscious travellers, Guatemala’s diverse landscape offers countless opportunities for adventure and ecotourism.
Rafting down the raging rivers, exploring the vast cave systems, and ziplining through the rainforest canopy are just a few of the thrilling experiences available.
Semuc Champey National Park offers its visitors amazing views and fresh water flows nested between mountains with amazing weather, and then, just couple hours away you can get to the Caribbean Sea and indulge yourself in white sand beaches with Garifuna (Afro-guatemalans) in the region who will make you dance some “punta” while eating rice and beans with coconut milk.
Guatemala’s gastronomy is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and other influences. Visitors can taste traditional dishes such as “pepian,” a hearty meat and vegetable stew, and “tamalitos,” small tamales filled with mouth-watering flavours.
For those with a sweet tooth, the country’s desserts, like “atol” and “buñuelos,” are a delight to indulge in.
Guatemalan candies or “dulcestípicos” will also make you mouth water just by the richness in flavours. And let’s not forget Guatemalan Coffee, one of the best coffees around the world, which is grown in the highlands between volcanoes and just the smell of it will make you want to stay forever.
Guatemala is very well known among Spanish speakers (and non Spanish speakers) for the “neutral” and beautiful accent.
Year by year more Spanish schools are being opened to fulfil the needs of learners, who want to learn Spanish but also learn about the culture, gastronomy and history. Antigua, Xela and Atitlán are the best spots to learn to say “Hola”!
Guatemala has embraced the concept of sustainable tourism, promoting responsible travel and eco-friendly practices. Numerous eco-lodges and community-based tourism initiatives allow visitors to experience the country while supporting local communities and preserving the natural environment.
Guatemala, with its remarkable blend of history, culture, and nature, is an alluring destination for travellers seeking a unique and enriching experience. From exploring the remnants of ancient civilizations to immersing oneself in the vibrant indigenous culture, this Central American gem is sure to captivate the hearts of all who venture to discover its enchanting beauty.
As tourism in Guatemala continues to grow, it is essential to preserve and protect the country’s cultural heritage and natural wonders, ensuring that future generations can also revel in its wonders.
So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to the heart of the Mayan World, Guatemala awaits, ready to share its hidden treasures with open arms because this nation is amazing and unstoppable.