Guatemala is a country with a rich indigenous culture with its Maya heritage and colonial influences still apparent today. Its dramatic landscape consists of volcanoes, cloud forests, abundant wildlife in its jungles, and spectacular lakes and thermal springs.
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For those interested in learning about the Mayan history, Guatemala is a fantastic destination to see first hand the works of the ancient Mayans. With a history stretching back over 4000 years, the Mayans and their predecessors left behind many ruins, one of the most famous being Tikal. Set in the jungle, the spectacular pyramids of Tikal are a sight to behold. Towering pyramids rise out of the jungle’s green canopy, while below the abundant wildlife emits sounds of the jungle as you trek through this amazing site.
Markets, mountains, jungles and ancient ruins give the visitor to Guatemala a chance to experience the delights of this small Central American country.
If it’s lakes and mountains you’re after, a few days on the shore of Lake Atitlan would be perfect. This extraordinary lake has three large extinct volcanoes that tower above you as you soak up in the thermal springs. Visit the local villages and their markets, trek in the surrounds or even get your scuba-diving certificate.
No visit to Guatemala is complete without a visit to the colourful market of Chichicastenango. This charming market blends traditional Indian life and their ancient beliefs by selling beautifully embroidered blouses and skirts, tablecloths and blankets. A day at the market is usually dotted with parades by the locals honouring their ancient Mayan rituals and Catholic rites.
For those wishing to work on their Spanish skills, Guatemala is the perfect destination to do this. Guatemalan Spanish is very clear and easy to understand, so a short course in Spanish in one of the beautiful cities, such as Antigua, will be a wonderful experience. You can choose to have a homestay with a Guatemalan family, or stay in a hotel. Either way you will learn Spanish in one of the certified schools and enjoy your Guatemalan experience all the more with your newly acquired Spanish!
Guatemala’s weather is eternally comfortable: neither too hot nor too cold. Its seasons tend to be divided into the dry season and the wet season and the temperature, which averages 22°C across the country