Heart of the Mayan World
Guatemala, Heart of the Mayan world, is an alive, magical, mystic, and ancestral country. Its history dates back 4,000 years when the Mayan civilization emerged, and whose legacy is still evident in the traditions and culture of its habitants. Guatemala counts with many natural resources, an extraordinary cultural richness as well as a privileged geographic location. The distances from place to place are so short that you can visit different regions during the same trip. Between its past and present, it is a unique country, full of adventure and diverse activities for every
Guatemala is known as the country of the eternal spring,as its fair weather allows you to visit it in any time of the year. It also offers various accesses from any part of the world by its two international airports: La Aurora, located in the city and Mundo Maya, located in Petén.
The colorful handicraft markets and regional costumes, the hospitality, and the beauty of the landscapes that frame the volcanoes, lakes, rivers, and mountains make Guatemala a place to be kept in the visitors` heart. Not to mention that the natural, cultural and historic heritage is evident in every corner of the country. Guatemala holds most of the archeological sites of the Mayan culture which are surrounded by and impressive flora and fauna, and are considered true lungs of the humanity. It has more than 35 volcanoes of which 13 comply with the necessary conditions and two mountain ranges cross the country.
La Antigua Guatemala
Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities, it is a magic and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial architecture to its beautiful surroundings; strolling through town on cobblestone streets, you will experience the splendors of ancient times! Antigua is under UNESCO World Heritage protection based on the integrity of its 16th-century layout and the physical integrity of most of its buildings.
Colonial history that is always present combines with an array of cultural activities which include art galleries and exhibits, performing arts, popular arts, films, forums, restaurants and cafes, and cultural tourism in general.
Antigua Guatemala was once the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas. More than 30 monastic orders called Antigua home and built stunning monasteries, convents and cathedrals in the town. Its setting is majestic, nestled
between three dramatic volcanoes: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Antigua hosts the largest celebrations for Lent and Easter in the Western Hemisphere. The history of the processions dates back to the early 1500s and began with the arrival of Don Pedro de Alvarado from Spain. While many are attracted to the solemn religious fervor, others enjoy the beautiful “alfombras” (sawdus carpets) that are made along the processional routes.