Guatemala City
Spanish, Garifuna, English
Guatemalan Quetzal
Flight time
15 hours and 15 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT -6 hours
best time to go

Introducing Guatemala

A trip to Guatemala offers a wealth of remarkable experiences, including lush forests, gorgeous lakes, dramatic volcanoes, and a fascinating history and culture.

Guatemala is regarded as the centre of the Mayan world and possesses the most Mayan archaeological sites in Latin America. Tikal National Park in El Petén, Guatemala’s north, is home to the interesting archaeological monuments that are worth a visit. This lost city includes five great temples that rise from its forests. For stunning vistas of the old ruins and expansive vegetation, climb the worn temples’ ancient steps. The ancient structures in Yaxha, Aguateca, El Mirador, Quiriguá, and Qumarkaj are also a treat for history aficionados to discover.

Top Locations in Guatemala

During the colonial period, this served as Guatemala's capital; however, following a devastating earthquake that hit Antigua in 1773, the capital was relocated to Guatemala City. Antigua still retains many architectural reminders of its former importance despite the catastrophe. Antigua, Guatemala, offers a wide variety of inexpensive and historically educational activities. The greatest way to discover Antigua and experience its colonial heritage first-hand is by sightseeing. The Santa Catarina Arch, Iglesia de la Merced, and the hilltop vantage point, Cerro De La Cruz, are noteworthy attractions. Visit the Candelaria Church Ruins, Santa Rosa Church Ruins, and Capuchins Monastery to see the earthquake's long-term consequences.
Chichicastenango Market
One of the best places to visit in Guatemala to experience the authentic Mayan culture is to visit Chichicastenango Market, which is around two hours away from Xela. On Thursdays and Sundays, one of Central America's biggest markets is open for business. This is the spot to shop if you want some genuine Mayan trinkets to bring home after visiting Guatemala.
Mayan Ruins of Tikal
Tikal National Park is one of the few World Heritage sites offering biodiversity and archaeological significance. It is a part of the much larger Maya Biosphere Reserve, which spans over two million hectares and is adjacent to additional conservation areas. With hundreds of Mayan architectural and artistic remnants from the Preclassic Period (600 B.C.) to the fall and demise around 900 AD, it spans 57,600 hectares of marshes, grassland, tropical forest, and palm forests.

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