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A LAND WHERE YOU’LL FIND EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT.

 
 

Follow us on a visual journey into the inspirational wonders of Guatemala in collaboration with the Guatemala Tourism Board.

 
 
 
 
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ROMANCE & TRADITION CALL


 

Close to Guatemala City, we find La Antigua Guatemala, the former capital city, where time has stood still: With its beautiful old facades, the largely unchanged cityscape exerts an inescapable allure. Centuries of history are reflected in the numerous churches, museums and ruins that come into view as you walk through La Antigua’s cobblestone streets. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city has a bohemian charm, as its Spanish colonial influences contrast with Mayan traditions and the dramatic backdrop of three awe-inspiring volcanoes.

La Antigua Guatemala is one of the most romantic destinations in the Americas, so it’s no surprise many couples choose to say “I do” here, in both civil and religious ceremonies. Trained multilingual professionals are on hand to plan your dream wedding, an unforgettable ceremony that will uniquely express your love. Choose from among many incredible locations, like the ruins of San José el Viejo, the churches of La Merced and Santa Clara, the Jardín Real de Santiago, Casa Santo Domingo or Finca Filadelfia, a 150-year-old coffee estate that’s been transformed into a five-star resort. In a region known for its ancient Mayan roots, wedding ceremonies in La Antigua combine elegance and formality with a colorful atmosphere, offering a synergy of cultures, cuisines and celebrations.coveted spot for an idyllic and secluded honeymoon, as you celebrate love and commitment amid the romance and nostalgia that surround the city.

And, of course, the weather’s never a problem— Guatemala is known as “the land of eternal spring,” with temperatures averaging 72 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.

 
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SAVORY SENSATIONS


 
 

Guatemalan cuisine is as varied as its people, having evolved with the passage of time and influences from abroad. Starting in the 16th century, the flavors and traditions of Mayan recipes were modified to reflect the tastes of Europeans. Some of Guatemala’s most iconic dishes come from this fusion: pepián, kak’ik, tapado, piloyada antigüeña and gallo en chicha which stands for “hen stew.” At the core of Guatemalan gastronomy is the four cornerstones—corn, chili peppers, beans and rice—combined in countless ways with meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, nuts and more.

 
 

Pictured Dish: “Tapado” (seafood stew with coconut milk)

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SPORTFISHING CENTRAL


As a destination for sailfish fishing, Guatemala is unmatched in Central America and was named one of the best in the world by Sports Fishing magazine and the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It is also one of the few countries that regulates the sport, using more humane hooks to avoid causing harm and ensure the conservation of the species. The high season runs from November to May, though even veteran fishers should be aware that, averaging 110 to 150 pounds, the Pacific sailfish is considerably larger than its Atlantic counterpart.

Travelers to Guatemala can also enjoy more than 185 miles of black-sand beaches, forged from nearby volcanoes. Practice surfing and enjoy other water sports, or connect with nature by whale watching or visiting Monterrico, a small fishing village that’s now a refuge for leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles.

 
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MAYAN MYSTERIES


 
 

In the north of Guatemala lies Petén, the heart of the Mayan World. The region has remained largely untouched so that the ruins that spring from the wild jungle unfold their irresistible and distinctive charm to every visitor. Explore the mystery of the Mayan peoples for yourself through fourteen municipalities form the heartland of the ancient realm, where various indigenous languages such as Itzá, Lacandón, Mopán, Q’eqchi’ and Ixil are still spoken. Flores is the regional administrative center and starting point for discovery trips to the numerous tourist attractions of the district. Situated on a small island in the lake of Petén Itzá, the town not only fascinates its visitors by its location, but also by its winding alleys, picturesque shops, restaurants, hotels and street stands with typical dishes of the region. Exploring tours through the rainforest, horseback riding or canoeing on one of the lakes and rivers are unforgettable experiences. This is the ideal place to switch off, relax, get to know and learn from its unique archaeological sites such as the Tikal National Park, Yaxhá, Ceibal, Aguateca, San Bartolo, El Mirador or Uaxactún.

 
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Pictured: Tikal National Park

 
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