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Guatemala

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Guatemala’s most celebrated Mayan site, Tikal, lies in the north of the country at the center of a national park. Highlands to the west of Guatemala City are dominated by dramatic volcanoes, beneath which sit farms growing coffee, strawberries and avocados in the rich ...

Guatemala’s most celebrated Mayan site, Tikal, lies in the north of the country at the center of a national park. Highlands to the west of Guatemala City are dominated by dramatic volcanoes, beneath which sit farms growing coffee, strawberries and avocados in the rich soil. From 1543 until 1773, when it was shattered by an earthquake, the country’s capital was Antigua. The city was substantially rebuilt and today is one of the cultural treasures of Latin America. A little more than a two-hour drive west of Antigua, Lake Atitlán is an astonishing bowl of sapphire-blue water backdropped by the volcanoes San Pedro (9,920 feet), Tolimán (10,340 feet) and Atitlán (11,560 feet). Guatemala has experienced problems with drug-related crime, making it best to use a travel operator such as Viaventure. Check Travel Warnings on the State Department website, travel.state.gov.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CLIMATE

Much of Guatemala is mountainous, with its pleasant climate typified by Guatemala City. The northern part of the country is covered by thick jungle. The rainy season generally runs from mid-May to mid-October, with November through April being the best time for a visit. 

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