Central America’s most diverse country captivates residents and travelers alike with its extraordinary landscapes and a civilisation-spanning culture that goes back centuries.
Guatemala is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. The capital, Guatemala City, features the National Palace of Culture and the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Antigua, west of the capital, contains preserved Spanish colonial buildings. Meanwhile, Lake Atitlán, formed in a massive volcanic crater, is surrounded by coffee fields and villages.
An active lifestyle is especially embraced in Guatemala. There are stunning trekking routes through the jungles and up volcanoes, world-class white-water rafting, miles of caves to explore, and zip lines strung between trees throughout the country. For those of extreme taste, you can paraglide around the lofty Lago de Atitlán.