For those looking for a holiday destination which includes attractions from the New World and also from ancient times, there is no better place than Guatemala. This country has a rich and distinct history, thanks to the mixture of factors specific of Spaniards and native Maya tribes. The diversified history and the natural beauty of the landscape have created a very interesting holiday destination. In the following you have a small list of the most impressive tourist attractions in Guatemala, just to begin with.
Set in the rainforest of northern Guatemala, Tikal is one of the top tourist attractions of the country, thanks to its natural beauty and wonders. Tikal name means "Place of voices" (sometimes "place of language") and once a quarter of a million people used to live here. Currently, all that remains of this ancient metropolis are some Mayan ruins that are absolutely staggering. The city is surrounded by a vast nature reserve which hosts a wide variety of creatures, among which I would mention monkeys, parrots, deer and other incredible animal species. To explore this gem, you need at least two days.
Santa Catalina Arc
Antigua was once the capital of Guatemala until 1773, when an earthquake decimated the city. In 1776, the place was abandoned by its inhabitants, and what was once a vibrant and exciting thrilling capital, acquired the aura of a quiet provincial town. However, it is still known for its ancient Spanish architecture - palaces, cathedrals, universities and its cloister. Antigua is a true architectonic gem of Guatemala. Santa Catalina Arch in Antigua has become a landmark indicating all who pass under it that they reached their destination. The city becomes a really amazing tourist attraction during the Holy Week, when parades and carpets of flowers spread on the streets. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
Flores is an island that is located on the Petén Itzá Lake, which is connected to land by a road at the end of which there are the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Benito. Here, on the island of Flores, the last independent Maya heroically resisted against the Spanish conquistadors. For many tourists, the main reason for visiting the island of Flores is its proximity to the famous Mayan ruins of Tikal. But the city itself is an attraction island leading to Guatemala, the colonial buildings studded with red roofs, narrow cobblestone streets, a historic church and many hotels and restaurants.
Monterrico is a more covert location in Guatemala, located on the Pacific coast. With its black sand and volcanic beaches and few people you'll meet here, it is the ideal place for those looking to escape the real world. Ocean currents and high waves make only experienced swimmers to venture here. If you want to get involved in environmental protection and conservation, you can take part in the operation of rescue the turtles, visiting one marine sanctuary (during the appropriate season) and helping to release the turtle offspring in the warm and safe waters of the ocean.
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