Why Visit Guatemala
- Guatemala is a country of volcanoes, mountains, and beaches on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. From the Cuchamatán Mountains in the western highlands, to the coastlines on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this small country is marked by contrasts. Three of Guatemala’s 30 volcanoes are still active.
- Lake Atitlan formed when a volcano exploded over 84,000 years ago and collapsed to form a caldera. The lake is the deepest lake in Central America and is believed to be 900 feet (300 meters) deep and covers 48 square miles (125 square kilometers).
- The Maya civilization was very advanced in math and astronomy. The Maya probably developed the concept of zero and left written records using hieroglyphics and whole words.
- The ancient Maya people believed that the quetzal bird was the living form of the god Quetzalcoatl.
Guatemala Destination Facts
- Population: 17,581,472
- Area: 108,888 km2
- Capital city: Guatemala City
- Currency: Quetzal (Q)
- Climate: Guatemala has a tropical climate, but the temperatures and rainfall can vary greatly within different regions. The country’s various weather patterns are mainly the result of altitude and mountains.
- Time: GMT-6:00
- Neighboring countries: Mexico, Belize, Honduras & El Salvador
Top 6 reasons to visit Guatemala
The Mayan Ruins of Tikal beckon
Antigua is postcard-perfect world heritage
Sun yourself on the shores of Lake Atitlan
There are plenty of waterfalls to chase
Life’s a beach in Guatemala
The jungle is lush and virgin