Destination Overview

Guatemala

An incredibly diverse and beautiful nation, Guatemala is both the ancient and modern heart of the Maya world. Guatemala is a Central American country that stands out due to its vivid culture, intriguing history, and fascinating nature. It boasts volcanoes, natural lakes, turquoise waters, a lush jungle, and colourful indigenous markets. A combination of colonial architecture, ancient and modern Maya culture, and breath-taking scenery, Guatemala is an intoxicating country to explore.

Capital

Guatemala City

Time

GMT -6

Currency

Guatemalan quetzal

Language

Spanish

Religion

Catholicism

Population

18.6 Million

International Airports

Guatemala City

Weather

The average annual temperature on the coast ranges from 25 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius (77° to 86° Fahrenheit). When you get to higher places in the country the temperature is much lower with only 15 degrees Celsius (52° Fahrenheit). In large parts of the country it is between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius (71.6°F - 77°F) during the winter months and the mercury rises to over 30°C (86°F) in summer.

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Top Highlights

Volcanoes

Guatemala is crossed by a large chain of volcanoes. Between Mexico in the north and Honduras & Salvador to the south, there are no less than 300 volcanic structures. Their imposing silhouettes overlook the high plains, Lake Atitlan, and the colonial cities and they offer a rich playground for lovers of hiking, mountain biking and all kinds of sporting activities.

Architecture

Guatemalan architecture has a rich history, from ancient Mayan ruins to charismatic Spanish colonial cities. Guatemala City is full of beautiful colonial buildings and interesting architectural landmarks. From the unique Mapa en Relive to the impressive Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, and favourites like The Cathedral of Guatemala City and more, you don’t want to miss the amazing architecture of Guatemala.

Markets

The markets of Guatemala offer an incredible wealth of souvenirs and authentic handicrafts and they also provide a spectacular setting for photography – the colourful stalls, where vegetables, fruit, and vibrant fabrics melt into a rainbow-like symphony, are a sight to behold. Markets abound across Guatemala, and you’ll be sure to find more than one on your visit there to enjoy.

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