MAYAN PYRAMIDS OF TIKAL
Interested in Mayan culture? In the humid jungle of northern Guatemala, near the border of Belize, stands one of the greatest archaeological sites in Central America. Tikal showcases more than 3,000 structures, ranging from pyramids and temples to plazas and an acropolis.
For more than a thousand years, Tikal was one of the most important urban Mayan centers and is considered one of the largest Mayan archaeological sites of its time period still in existence. Surrounding the ruins is the Tikal National Park, a biosphere reserve that protects the rainforest and wildlife habitat of birds and monkey
Very few countries in the Arab world have the rich heritages. Often referred to simply as Antigua, is one of the highlights of Guatemala and certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. Surrounded by three volcanoes, this former capital of Guatemala presents an exceptional glimpse of a city unaffected by modern-day concrete buildings and skyscrapers.
The cobblestone streets are surrounded by the colorful colonial buildings that have survived the earthquakes of the past. Once you reach the old city center, be sure to notice the many churches and convents spread out through the city. The best time to visit is during the Semana Santa in spring, where the whole city celebrates the holy week with parades, music, and dance.
All that walking around must have made you tired. Why not jump into the natural pools of Semuc Champey? It is an extraordinary spot deep in the jungle, where a 300-meter limestone shelf creates natural pools in the river. Swimming in the calm and warm waters surrounded by dense forests full of wildlife is an experience not to be missed.
THE PACAYA VOLCANO
Roasting marshmallows seems like a crazy activity to do near an active volcano, but be sure to join other tourists who pack their bags with the fluffy sweets for the hotspots along the trail.
Rising to more than 2,550 meters, this volcano offers an accessible hike for visitors to witness volcanic activity firsthand. Located near Antigua, this volcano has been continuously active since 1975, though volcanic bursts are just ash these days (usually).