Straddling the Caribbean and Pacific the small country of Guatemala is everything that’s exciting about Central America in one compact package: The largest number of indiginous people in the region, mysterious Mayan ruins in the middle of the tropical jungle, Lake Atitlan surrounded by a girdle of volcanoes, the UNESCO world heritage site of Antigua resplendent in colonial era architecture and of course the rich and diverse wildlife of the rainforests.
The former capital of Guatemala was founded in 1543 and is one of the finest preserved colonial cities in Central America. This town lies in the shadow of three volcanoes and is surrounded by coffee plantations and fine haciendas.
Shrouded in dense tropical jungle, Tikal in the north of Guatemala is probably one of the most extraordinary and impressive of all the Mayan sites of Central America.
Lake Atitlan truly is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, overlooked by three volcanoes.