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.
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CONVENTO DE LOS DOMINICOS: A 16th century building that housed the first university in the Americas. In that church Fray Antón de Montesinos became the first advocate of human rights in the Americas by speaking out against the abuses suffered by the Taíno Indians.
PARQUE COLÓN: Located beside the Cathedral, this shaded square is surrounded by colonial, republican and modern architecture and is a magnet for Dominicans and tourists alike. In the center is the statue of Christopher Columbus with the Taíno Indian heroine Anacaona.
PARQUE INDEPENDENCIA: A white-marble mausoleum where the remains of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic are buried: Juan Pablo Duarte, Matías Ramon Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez. The park is also the city’s largest open art gallery.
MIRADOR DEL SUR: Popular with marathon runners, this 8km park stretches from Luperón to Winston Churchill avenue and is exclusively for walking, jogging, skating and biking in the evening and early morning. Exercise and enjoy the Caribbean Sea views.
PARQUE IBEROAMÉRICA: Renovated city park, the Parque Iberoamérica is centrally located in a lush shaded area of the city. Learn about iguanas at their habitat towards the entrance to the park. The park surrounds the National Music Conservatory.
MALECÓN: A protected area and national park, the nine-mile (14.5km) boulevard runs along the Caribbean Sea front of Santo Domingo. City hotels, restaurants, and the Guibia and Juan Barón plazas are located on the east side, the new Maritime Walk to the west. The Malecón leads into the Avenida del Puerto cruise ship port and Colonial City area.