Country Overview

Colorful, compact Guatemala offers compelling travel attractions including ancient ruins, colonial cities, exotic shopping, plus a wide range of soft adventure jungle expeditions, treks, and special interest travel including orchid hunting and bird watching.

Capital Guatemala City has perfect springtime weather year 'round. Atop the list of popular excursions from the capital are: earthquake ravaged yet still magnificent, colonial Antigua; idyllic Lake Atitlán ringed by colorful Indian villages and the great market at Chichicastenango.

The towering Maya ruins of Tikal in the El Petén jungles may be easily reached by air from Guatemala City, and now in just over an hour's drive via good all-weather road from neighboring Belize.

Travel Facts Region by Region