Where is Guatemala ?
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Guatemala abounds with History, Lakes such as Lake Atitlan, Rivers like the Rio Dulce, Beaches of Monterrico and the Jungles and Highland regions of Coban.
Getting to Guatemala is not hard. Daily flights arrive at the Guatemala City International Airport. Form Guatemala city one can easily take a taxi or shuttle to Antigua, Lake Atitlan or the Beaches of Monterrico. About an hour and a half without traffic.
Guatemala is a country in the Central America region of North America. It has borders to Mexico in the north/northwest, to Belize in the northeast, to Honduras in the southeast, to El Salvador in the south. It has a Pacific coastline to the southwest, and a tiny piece of Caribbean coastline to the east.
Guatemala has a rich and distinctive culture from the long mix of elements from Spain and the native Maya people. This diverse history and the natural beauty of the land has created a destination rich in interesting and scenic sites.
Maya ruins and the 2012 Calendar
El Mirador — massive early Maya site, perhaps the cradle of Maya civilization. Still being uncovered and studied; less developed for visitors than the other largest Maya sites.
Tikal — long considered the largest of Maya ruins (although the ongoing investigations of El Mirador may challenge this claim), this huge and impressive ancient Maya site is probably worth the trip to Guatemala by itself. Stay in the park or in nearby Flores the night before in order to organize a early morning trip to Tikal, to see the sun rise over the ruins. Tours are easily organized from the surrounding areas.
Aguateca — some of the best-preserved Mayan ruins in Guatemala where you are more likely to encounter archaeologists at work than tourists with cameras
El Peru (Waká) — a three day trek/boat trip from Flores and identified as the source of many looted Maya artifacts
Iximché — ruins in the Central Highlands, an easy day trip from Guatemala City or Antigua.
Nakúm — an impressive Classic Maya site
Yaxhá — ruins with more than 500 structures, between Flores and Melchor de Mencos
La Antigua Guatemala was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. It is a World Heritage site, and is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala.
The whole city of Antigua Guatemala is full of historic buildings, monuments, fountains and ruins. This city was founded by the Spanish in the XVII Century, and it follows the traditional design of a Main Plaza surrounded by Government and Catholic Church buildings. It’s worthwhile to visit La Catedral, el Palacio de los Gobernadores, Convento de Capuchinas, Convento de Santa Clara, el Arco de Santa Catarina, Iglesia La Merced and the Handcrafts Market.
Entrance fees for the Ruinas are steep, except for the Ruinas y Museo de San Francisco, which is a bargain at 5 Quetzals; the Ruinas de Santa Clara, Ruinas de San Jeronimo, Ruinas La Recollecion and the Museo Capuchino charge Q40 for foreigners (locals Q2). The Museo Hotel Casa Santo Domingo charges Q40, although here you may see just the ruins for free.
Guatemala has a new President one with the eye on making changes in Guatemala.
Guatemala’s Otto Perez Molina president said Monday that the U.S. inability to deal with its drug consumption problem is leaving Central America with no option but to consider legalizing drugs.
Otto Perez will make a difference in Guatemala, his first day in office to the Health Ministry a badly needed overhaul was seen coming with this new President and he wasted not time making it clear that the Health Care Ministry needed to change.
The Guatemala Military had for the most part sat in compound for years training for what was always the questions. Otto Perez again deployed the Military to regions of the country that needed support for the fight on crime. In Guatemala City a number of zones now sport a small and polite military position.
Enjoy Guatemala once you have a taste you will love to come back.