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5 reasons to travel to Guatemala

To go on a trip to Guatemala, is to embark on a unique discovery of Central America. A really authentic trip far removed from the mass tourism of neighbouring Mexico.

Meeting the Garifuna

The Garifuna are an atypical people of Guatemala and even of the whole continent. Born of the intermingling of slaves from Africa and Caribs, they are Central America's only black people. They generally live in and around Livingston.

Do your shopping on superb markets

The most famous of the many markets which are held in Guatemala is without doubt that of Chichicastenango. It has become more touristic over the years but is still just as superb. Every Sunday it attracts the inhabitants of the entire region. It is a real spectacle taking place before your eyes. The costumes are typical, the scenes of life authentic, not to be missed under any pretext.

Sail on lake Atitlan, the most beautiful one in the world

A lake surrounded by pretty villages that are very typical, with volcanoes as a backdrop, superb scenery, unique sunrises and sunsets, the decor is set. Atitlan is often considered the most beautiful lake in the world.

Visit Tikal, a masterpiece of Mayan culture

Hidden in the heart of Peten jungle, the Tikal site is simply sumptuous. Now you are in the most beautiful heritage, the loveliest testimony of Mayan riches. As it is much less touristic than Palenque or Chichen Itza in Mexico, you will often be alone in the jungle to discover the pyramids and other temples. Do not hesitate to climb up them in order to enjoy the exceptional view on the immense green of the jungle.  

Discover the authentic Central America

Going on a trip to Guatemala, is making the choice to steer clear of mass tourism and opt for a trip that is really authentic, far from the beaten tracks. Guatemala, less known than its Mexican neighbour, is just as interesting. The Mayan culture is also present here and the sites are simply grandiose.
David Debrincat
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Updated 26 October 2018
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