Sightseeing

A Trip to El Baúl

Guatemala’s Pacific Coast is home to a few of the most significant archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. In the departamento of Escuintla, not far from the small town of Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, among the sugarcane fields you will find what remains of an ancient indigenous community: the three interconnected sites known as El Baúl, Bilbao,...

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Cerro de la Cruz

A great way to exercise and enjoy La Antigua is to visit its natural attractions. A great place to start is Cerro de la Cruz. Originally called Cerro delManchén, this hill is one of the quintessential tourist spots of La Antigua, and to get to the cross and the overlook – which can been seen...

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Acatenango for the First Time

The idea of climbing a volcano, whichever one, is quite overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. From La Antigua, it’s very easy to see Volcán Acatenango – located on the skyline next to Volcán de Fuego – and wonder what it would be like at the top, looking down on everything. Volcán Acatenango...

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Close to Heaven: the Cuchumatanes Mountains

The Cuchumatanes Mountains (whose name is derived from the the Mayan Mam language: cuchuj which means “to unite” and matán which means “with great force”) is the name of the mountain range in the west of Guatemala that’s located primarily in the departments of Huehuetenango and El Quiché. It’s the highest non-volcanic mountain range...

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The Garifuna

In 1635, a Spanish ship transporting slaves from Nigeria to the New World capsized, and its African survivors took refuge on the nearby island of St. Vincent. Cut off from the rest of the world, the former slaves began to intermarry with the local indigenous people, and over time a new and distinct Afro-Carib...

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Ezenario Histórico

Mon-Fri 9 AM-6 PM Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM 7832-1897 (MAP D6) La Duranta, one of the meeting rooms available for events at the Ezenario Histórico luxury convention center, is ideal for all kinds of social, business, or cultural events. It can accommodate up to 250 people at conference-style tables and adjoins a garden for...

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Treasures of the Lake

Visitors to Lake Atitlán usually comment on the lush mountains and volcanoes that surround it and the wonderful views that can be seen from just about any of the towns that surround the lake.   It’s quite easy to imagine how life used to be in this peaceful place, surrounded by nature and art...

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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has...

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Hun Nal Ye, the House of the Moon God

In the department of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala’s north, and about 200 kilometers from the capital (a little over six hours’ drive away), in the municipality of San Pedro Carchá you’ll find the Hun Nal Ye Ecological Park. The tropical forest is a little more than 130 hectares (about 325 acres) in size, and...

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A Guatemalan Fir for Christmas

You’re heading down the road to Tecpán, and your destination is at kilometer 94.5. To get there, you’ll have to leave the highway and enter a narrow dirt road – but one that’s in very good condition – and then go up the mountain until you finally arrive at the entrance. Five minutes from...

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