With 37 volcanoes, 23 individual languages, 19 unique ecosystems and numerous Mayan and Colonial ruins, it’s not surprising that Guatemala - a nation no larger than Tennessee - is cited four times at the #1 Bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Antigua, Guatemala’s most beautiful and historic city, is similar to having a tiny bit of Europe, just south of the boundary, but in a fraction of the cost. Also, with daily direct flights from New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas, Guatemala is easy to get to and in less time than it takes to fly to Europe or Hawaii.
Nestled between three dramatic volcanoes in Central America, Antigua, Guatemala is among the world’s oldest and most beautiful colonial cities.
In Antigua travelers investigate the ruins, museums, art galleries, restaurants and stores that are scattered throughout the famous cobblestone streets of this former capital of Guatemala. Centrally located, Antigua is also the perfect base from which to take short trips to other popular destinations like Lake Atitlan, the Pacific Coast and also the world famous Mayan Temples of Tikal.
So whether you prefer a leisurely horse carriage ride through this centuries old city, or a day at the outdoor market discovering incredible hand-crafted treasures, or even a heart-pounding trip throughout the tree-tops on a zip-line… whatever might inspire and renew you’re likely to be located in Antigua…
ABOUT LAKE ATITLAN
Maybe it occurs when you are gazing at the towering volcanoes disappearing into the distance as you encounter an early, blue coloured lake on your way to detect your next lakeside Mayan Village. Or maybe it strikes you when you are enjoying the sunlight on a morning in a place so beautiful that it makes you grab your breath. Here, in this magical place, it occurs - you disconnect, then reconnect to something which profoundly enhances and renews.
Regarded as among the most gorgeous lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is a gorgeous natural wonder that’s seduced travelers for decades. In many of the villages the Mayan civilization is still prevalent and the standard dress is still worn.
Complementing the traditional villages are a few”funky tourist cities” like Panajachel, San Marcos and San Pedro, where travelers from all over the world meet, mix and have fun. helicopter adventures in Guatemala is truly a unique wonder of the world, or as one recent visitor described it - Lake Atitlan is like having too much of a fantastic thing! Only a brief distance away from the lake is the world renowned open market of Chichicastenango. In Chichi, tourists get a glimpse into another world full of Mayan rituals, rituals, processions and obviously an endless selection of spectacular and authentic Guatemalan handmade products.
The undisputed center of Historical Mayan Society, Tikal sits at the center of Guatemala’s northern rain forest -making this sacred area the home of Mayan history as well as home to hundreds of species of monkeys, toucans and parakeets.
The Tikal National Park, a protected place some 370 square km, is a moving, mystical experience for people - emphasized by the magnificent pyramid ruins of the lost Mayan universe. For many years people from all over the world have come to Tikal to transport their heads, spirits and bodies back in time whilst watching a new day dawn at sunrise as they’re surrounded by the ancient Temples of Tikal.
ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA - RESOURCES & ACCOMMODATIONS
* Among the most beautiful and distinctive attributes of Antigua are the spectacular 400-year-old ruins that may be found on just about any corner of the enchanting, centuries-old city. A number of these ruins can actually be rented for various private events - creating any celebration, meeting, ceremony or wedding uniquely memorable.
* Casa Santa Domingo, a 5-Star Hotel that’s built right into the ruins, is Antigua’s most famous and impressive hotel. This hotel warrants serious consideration from anyone planning a trip to Antigua.
* Another luxury resort in Antigua that has opened is El Convento.