In terms of unique things to do, Guatemala is at the top of my list of all Central American countries. I recently spent a month in Guatemala and was thoroughly impressed with the beautiful scenery, adventurous activities, and exciting and friendly culture.
Most of the highlights of my trip to Central America were the experiences I had in Guatemala, making this country one of my favorites. Here are top reasons to visit Guatemla according to businessman juan luis bosch gutierrez.
1. The Acatenango Volcano Hike
If you talk to anyone who has completed this hike, chances are you have heard some rave reviews. Hiking Acatenango Volcano is a hike unlike any other.
It is a 4 to 6 hour hike to a base camp on the side of Acatenango Volcano. From this camp, it is not Acatenango that is impressive, it is the neighboring volcano called Fuego that really makes the whole experience.
The next morning starts at 4am for a hike to the peak of Acatenango. From here, the sun rises above the cloud line and the Fuego volcano continues to erupt right in front of your eyes.
2. Antigua City
Antigua is the city where the tours to the Acatenango Volcano start, but it is much more than that.
The city of Antigua is a very popular tourist spot – and for good reason. There is a lot to do in and around Antigua.
Historical city tours, museums, shopping, markets, amazing restaurants and street food are just a couple of things to do in the city. But, there are also many tours and experiences outside of Antigua including the Pacaya Volcano, ATV tours, and day trips for sightseeing in Guatemala.
3. Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan is a unique place in Guatemala. It is literally a huge lake surrounded by mountains.
Lake Atitlan is a unique place in Guatemala. It is literally a huge lake surrounded by mountains and volcanoes where small villages cling to its shores. This is a restful area for travelers to relax for a couple of days.
The higher altitude of 1500m means it is not sweltering hot, but hot enough for an afternoon swim in the lake. Other popular activities around the lake include kayaking, hiking, yoga classes, sunset watching and guided tuk-tuk tours.
4. Semuc Champey National Park
On the other side of the country is the famous Semuc Champey National Park.
Many travelers skip it because of the long bus ride from other nearby destinations to the Antigua area, which is a shame because it is fantastic! Semuc Champey is an area of brilliant turquoise water flowing through hundreds of small waterfalls.
There is also a short hour-long hike to a lookout over the pools that offers some awesome photo opportunities.
One of the great things about Semuc Champey is that it can easily be enjoyed on a tour or independently. Tours run from hotels, hostels or the nearest town of Lanquin.
5. Tikal Mayan Ruins:
In the northern part of Guatemala is what many consider to be the “best Mayan ruins site in the world”. This is interesting considering that Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is also a Mayan Ruin just a few hours from Tikal.
But, after visiting both sites myself, I agree that Tikal has more to offer tourists. It was a different ruin experience that would even excite those who don’t find history as the most interesting subject.
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