The Spanish in the XVI century called the region Guatemala from the Aztec word Quauhtemallan or "Forested Land". The lowlands have some of the most impressive Maya Kingdoms known to the world and the highlands are punctuated by soaring volcanoes and great crater lakes that provide breathtaking beauty amongst the pine forests.
Locked in an eternal spring that rarely changes from a comfortable 72 degrees and densely populated by many Indian nations that are distinguished by their own unique and colorful style of dress, customs and handicrafts; Guatemala is among the most beautiful places in Latin America. Programs are tailored to satisfy endless cultural interests in this fascinating region.
Things to See and Do
In the Highlands:
- UNESCO World Heritage colonial city of Antigua
- Exquisite Guatemalan cuisine
- Colorful weekly "Tianguis" or market days in which Indian nations bring their goods to buy and sell
in Santa Maria de Jesus, Solola, Chichicastenango etc.
- Indian Communities that retain a native dress code, language, Indian government, customs,
and community services such as in Santiago Atitlan, Santo Domingo Chenacoj, Chajul and Chichicastenango
- Great Museums and Colonial Treasures in Antigua
- Great Folk Art in villages crafting textiles, masks, pottery, forged iron etc.
- Boat rides on beautiful Lake Atitlan
In the Lowlands:
- Fabulous Ancient Cities of Ceibal, San Bartolo, Dos Pilas and Tikal
- A Rainforest with a network of communities that offer walks to identify plants and birds
- Unique natural water pools at Semuc Champey
- Swim in waterfalls and visit ancient relics