Guatemala is a land of remarkable landscapes, and a vibrant culture, The heart of the Maya civilization, Guatemala boasts stunning ancient ruins and traditional villages that blend with the Spanish heritage of the colonial-era and its stately cathedrals and town halls. While the cities boast splendid architecture and cultural heritage, they make up a small percentage of the mountainous Guatemalan landscape.
Things to know before visit Guatemala
Guatemala has rains from May through October while summer runs from November to April. The hottest months are March and April.
An ancient town with pyramid ruins, Tikal takes us back in time introducing us to the origins of Guatemala dating back to 800BC. The most awe-inspiring feature here are the steep-sided temples rising to a height of 44m amid jungle settings. Ancient ruins live in perfect harmony with the flora and fauna found around here. You will be able to see agoutis, foxes, monkeys and ocellated turkeys as you stroll through the ruins. Also, experience the rich Maya heritage and the colonial charm surrounding it.
The former capital of Guatemala, Antigua has immense historical relevance, vibrant culture and magnificent setting. Its colonial churches, colorful plazas and bustling markets are a must visit; so are the coffee plantations and volcanoes. Definitely visit the 17th century Antigua Guatemala cathedral on Plaza Mayor and explore the life of 18th-century nuns in the ruins of Capuchinas Convent. Take an organized tour to one of the active volcanoes in Guatemala- Pacaya Volcano and be amazed by its sheer magnitude.
The capital city of Guatemala, this bustling town is a fine blend of modernity and traditions. It has some of the best galleries and museums. Must-see places here include Metropolitan cathedral, the National Palace of Culture and the Pacaya Volcano.
The high point of Atitlán is the lake. Situated in the Guatemalan highlands at 1,538 meters above sea level , the lake has a stunning backdrop of mountainous vistas, volcanoes clear blue skies and quaint villages. Take boat rides along the lake and visit small villages of San Pedro, Santiago Atitlán, San Andrés Semetabaj, Santa Catarina Palopó, San Lucas Toliman to experience the local life and also their intricate handicrafts.
This ancient town of Guatelama was founded in 6th century BC and abandoned in the end of 9th century to be rediscovered only in 1926. The area is majorly covered by tropical jungle. To visit this hidden gem, you need to trek from the nearest village of Carmelita for about 5 days. Though a tough walk, this journey is one of the most remarkable ones.
Travel Advisory:For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: While traveling to Guatemala it is advisable to carry an international power plug adapter. The standard voltage is at 110V/60Hz. 2 pronged flat American style plugs are generally used here.