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Information about Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most fascinating countries in the Americas and the number of travelers visiting the country has grown year after year.

The lowlands of Guatemala were the heartland of the ancient Mayan civilization that mysteriously collapsed more than a thousand years ago. The ruins of their cities have survived to this day and are well worth a visit.

The colonial era from the 16th to the 19th century left many fascinating monuments behind as well, most notably Antigua Guatemala, the former capital, where time seems to have stood still for two centuries.

Besides its unique – and often sad – history, Guatemala is also famous for its stunning natural beauty. From sandy beaches to mangrove swamps, from mountain lakes to active volcanoes, Guatemala has it all!

The unique culture and history of Guatemala make the country a wonderful destination for your Spanish course! Guatemalans are well-known for their friendliness and hospitality and will gladly show you all the attractions their country has to offer.

Check out the websites we have listed below to learn more about Guatemala!

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan in the Central Highlands of Guatemala

Websites about Guatemala

CIA World Fact Book: Guatemala
Guatemala's vital statistics, from geography to politics and economy – by the people who should know.
Guatemala Maps
Collection of various Guatemala maps by the Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin.
Goodtimebob's Travel Site and Internet Carwash
An excellent hands-on, common sense guide by a traveler who has visited Guatemala since the 1970s. Highly recommended!
Mostly Maya: An Exploration of Travel Among the Maya
Mostly Maya is an excellent guide to traveling the Mayan areas of Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. The author has visited those areas since 1983 and has put together an impressive collection of information, photos and resources for anyone interested in Mayan history and culture. Focus on budget travel.
Eve Andersson's Photos of Guatemala
Pages and pages of wonderful photos of Guatemala, including Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Chichicastenango, Tikal, and other destinations.
Travel Lake Atitlan in Guatemala
Lake Atitlan is famous for its natural beauty and colorful Mayan villages. Atitlan.com is both a travel magazine and a guide to hotels on the most beautiful lake in the world.
Santiago Atitlan
Information about the town of Santiago Atitlan on the south shore of Lake Atitlan, the culture and history of the Tzutujil Maya, local businesses and social projects.
Maya Paradise
Comprehensive information about tourist and cruiser services, ecology, history, geography, maps and travel information for the Rio Dulce and surrounding areas.
Coban, Alta Verapaz
Guide to Coban and the Verapaz region including Semuc Champey and Lanquin.
Xelapages
Guide to Quetzaltenango (a.k.a. Xela) and the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
History of Guatemala
Mostly about the period from 1944 to the present.
Cities of the Maya
Description and photos of the most important Mayan Cities of the Classic Period.
The Mayan Calendar
Description of the calendar systems in use during the Classic Period.
Guatemala Volcanoes and Volcanics
Comprehensive information about all major volcanoes in Guatemala and the geological processes that created them. By the U.S. Geological Survey.
Prensa Libre
One of Guatemala's leading daily newspapers. Spanish.
Siglo XXI
Another well-respected daily newspaper. Spanish.
Revue Magazine
Free monthly magazine based in Antigua Guatemala. Mostly English, some Spanish articles.

Travel Agents and Tour Operators in Guatemala

Let's Go Sailing!
Sailboat tours on Las Sirenas, a 46-foot Polynesian catamaran. Four-day tours on the Rio Dulce and Lake Izabal, seven-day tours to the Belize Barrier Reef and Islands, including diving and snorkeling.
Turismo Aventura
Tour operator in Santa Elena that specializes in tours to Mayan archaeological sites throughout the Mayan World. Besides Tikal tours, Turismo Aventura offers tours to a wide selection of less-traveled sites, such as Yaxha, Petexbatun, El Mirador or Uaxactun.
El Paredon Surf Camp
Surf camp on Guatemala's Pacific coast right inside the Sipacate-Naranjo National Park. Good waves are practically guaranteed and the camp is easy to reach by car or bus from Guatemala City or Antigua.
Maya Expeditions
Tour operator in Guatemala City that offers a variety of adventure tours in Guatemala — jungle expeditions to remote archaeological sites, whitewater rafting, volcano tours, and more.
Cayaya Birding
Cayaya Birding specializes in bird watching tours throughout Guatemala. Their website also provides lots of information on birding sites, regional bird lists and photo galleries.
Otupac Tours
Otupac Tours in Santa Cruz Verapaz has been in business since 1990 and specializes in nature tours to Guatemala's Verapaz region, the Rio Dulce and the Peten. The company promotes minimal-impact travel and actively supports conservation efforts.

Hotels in Guatemala

Hotel Jaguar Inn, Tikal
Nine comfortable bungalows right inside Tikal National Park, only 10 minutes on foot from the ruins. Restaurant and shuttle service to/from Flores.
La Casa de Don David, El Remate
Nice hotel on the shores of Lake Peten Itza, about halfway between Flores and Tikal. Shuttle service to Tikal, Flores, and other places in Guatemala.
Hotel Dos Mundos, Panajachel
Full-service hotel in Panajachel, one block from the shores of Lake Atitlan. Hotel Dos Mundos has a swimming pool, restaurant, cafe and bar.
Los Encuentros Lodge, Panajachel
Small comfortable lodge on the outskirts of Panajachel, about ten minutes on foot from downtown. Rooms and suites, beautiful garden, fitness center and sauna.
Villa Sumaya Hotel and Retreat Center, Lake Atitlan
Villa Sumaya is located on the north shore of Lake Atitlan about ten minutes by boat from Panajachel. Comfortable rooms, spacious gardens and its location away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas make it a great place to stay if you're looking for a quiet ambiance and a panoramic view of the lake.
Hotel Posada de Santiago, Santiago Atitlan
Fine hotel in Santiago Atitlan on the south shore of Lake Atitlan. 20 rooms, beautiful gardens and a magnificent view of the lake and the surrounding mountains and volcanoes.
Hotel Bambu, Santiago Atitlan
Comfortable hotel on the outskirts of Santiago Atitlan, on the south shore of the lake. Hotel Bambu has a private beach, a pier, and all rooms have a view of Lake Atitlan and the volcanoes.

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