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Best places to visit in Guatemala

When you really don't know much about Guatemala, planning your itenerary in the country can be a real challenge. It can be quite difficult to make a choice among the cities and interesting places to visit. But don't worry, we'll help you. A team of travelers, passionate about Guatemala, shares advice and tips with you on the stops you can make during your trip to Guatemala. So you'll have all the pieces you need to best plan your visit.

Guatemala City is the capital: its historic city centre has a few buildings and museums that allow for an interesting view on the Maya civilisation. It's possible to take many excursions departing from this city that is surrounded by several volcanoes. For its part, Antigua has been designated as a Humanity World Heritage for good reason: the ancient capital is full of places with a prestigious past. Climbing Pacaya Volcano is one of the possible hikes.

Take advantage of a Thursday or Sunday to go to the Chichicastenango market. Although it's very touristy, it's a unique place where you can see all the local crafts. A little farther out, Lake Atitlán is a relaxing place. Beautiful hikes around the lake allow you to discover the villages and the surrounding areas.

In the north, Florès is a beautiful place to explore the Péten jungle and the archaeological riches of the Maya civilisation. Tikal is the the most impressive Mayan site and should not be missed under any circumstance.

On the Atlantic Coast, Livingston, a Garifuna village, will add a Caribbean touch to your trip. Go back up the Rio Dulce to Lake Izabal where you can observe the wildlife.

On the other hand, Puerto Quetzal is the largest port on the Pacific Coast. Many water-related activities are possible on the surrounding beaches.

Cathy Trichet
This tiny Altiplano village, located on the hills of the Cuchumatanes plateau, offers up large, arid expanses which change dramatically with the passing seasons.
A town with no particular interest, but which benefits from a great climate and stunning surroundings.
An immense travellers' love it/hate it metropolis!
Combining archaeology and sacred rituals, Iximché's Mayan ruins make up an important ceremonial site which is largely untouched by foreign tourists.
The Guatemalan seaside resort par excellence.
The forgotten touristic site of Mayan archaeology.
A little tropical paradise.
A small town in the middle of Paradise.
Santa Cruz del Quiche is a large village in the Ixil region, an important place for the resistance during the Civil War in 1996.
A charming village, a tourists' favourite around Lake Atitlan.
At 8 km before arriving at Panajachel, Solola is perched at more than 2,000 metres and overlooks Lake Atitlan magnificently.
At a few kilometres from Santa Maria Nebaj, this tiny hamlet is a great base from which to explore the region and where you can sample the delicious, local cheese.
One of the most peaceful villages at Lake Atitlan.
A great place to unwind before heading off to Semuc Champey.
On the Caribbean's doorstep!
Home to one of the most famous churches in Guatemala and not a lot else.
A town with no interest for tourists.
A great base from which to explore the region, even if the town itself is a waste of time.
Sayaxché is a stopover town, situated in Guatemala's largest department, Petén. It's crossed by the Rio de la Pasión.
An indigenous village, between Christianity and paganism, at the foot of the local volcano.
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