Best Beaches In Guatemala

Playas en Guatemala

Guatemala is surrounded by beautiful beaches, sand, lovely scenery and an excellent climate. Its natural beauty makes it perfect for a family trip, with friends or as a couple.

In addition, some have a white sandy coastline and others with plenty of entertainment. Visit the best beaches in Guatemala.

White Beach

This is a private and protected area where you will not find any constructions, due to the fact that they try to keep the beach almost virgin because it is a natural reserve.

In fact, Bid invest has invested in this place so that it is preserved for longer.

Playa Blanca has special characteristics such as calm waters, the beach is uniform and the sand is soft and white, hence its popular name. It is a simply amazing place, considered among the most beautiful in Guatemala.

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Champerico Beach

If you travel to the region of Retalhuleu Champerico Beach is perfect for you, it has a warm climate, making you enjoy the sea more.

On its coast they sell delicious seafood and the sea breeze is completely relaxing, its sand is a little dark and the sunsets are spectacular. It is located 226 kilometers from the capital.

Sipacate Beaches

Sipacate is a beautiful village located on the Pacific Coast, it has amazing beaches.

On weekends these coasts are full of tourists who want to enjoy a different day surrounded by a pleasant climate and perfect waves for surfing.

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El Chechenal Beach

The sand of this beautiful beach is white and the water is turquoise, being a wide coast but above all safe.

El Chechenal Beach in Guatemala has two access routes, the first is by sea and the other by land, which starts from the beautiful island of Flores, located in Lake Petén Itzá, in the direction of San Miguel.

Las Lisas Beach

For those passionate about the Pacific coast in Guatemala, we have Las Lisas beach is a beautiful shore with an extraordinary attraction.

The sunsets make a special contrast while the dark sand of the beach shines, its climate is very pleasant, perfect for a family trip or with friends. In this site you can dive and enjoy other extreme activities.

As you can see, these beaches are amazing for a family or friedns trip. So, come and visit them.

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Three places you can’t miss in Guatemala

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Just south of the Mexican giant I discovered, during my trip through Central America in May 2014, a small country. Guatemala is a land of jungle, volcanoes, lakes, mountains over 4000 meters, colonial cities, ruins of pre-Columbian civilizations and a great current indigenous culture.

You need at least two weeks to get a good idea of the country, but here are the three places you can’t miss according the businessman juan luis bosch gutierrez.

Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlán has been much more than a lake throughout Guatemala’s history. Its importance as an aquifer reserve has meant that there have always been communities living on its shores.

The towns of Atitlán seem to be a true saint’s day, with San Pedro, San Juan and Santiago being the most renowned.

Antigua of Guatemala

Initially called Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, La Antigua de Guatemala is one of the most beautiful colonial pearls of all Latin America. Not for nothing was it declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

The former capital of the ancient kingdom of Guatemala (comprising Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) is today a living city where Guatemalans, tourists and students of Spanish who have chosen to learn the language of Cervantes mingle in an environment of unparalleled beauty.

Churches, convents, colonial houses, small palaces.. All of these are intermingled in the restaurants, bars, beautiful hotels, Spanish schools and stores that line the city’s lively cobblestone streets.

Some of the monuments are in a dilapidated state due to the destructive earthquake of 1773 that nearly wiped out Antigua. Even so, that gives it even more magic to my dreamer’s eyes that is usually transported to the moments of splendor of cities of another era.

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Tikal and Yaxhá, the Mayan cities

No one can leave Guatemala without having entered the immense and lush jungle of the Petén in search of the mythical Mayan cities of Yaxhá and Tikal.

I think the order of visit should be the one I did. Yaxhá as an appetizer and Tikal as the main course and dessert. All in one.

With its more than five hundred structures. The city of Yaxhá is one of the best kept secrets of the Maya world. It was inhabited between 600 BC and 900 AD, without knowing for sure the causes of its abandonment.

As you can see, Guatemala is a place full of cities and natural spots that you should visit and mainly these one that the bosch gutierrez family recommends. You will have a wonderful experience in these places.

Guatemala: things you should know

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Guatemala is a country ignored by many travelers, mainly because of several clichés that tend to circulate about it, many of them unfounded or, at least, not strong enough to rule out a visit to a place as incredible as this one.

Here are 4 things that the well known juan luis bosch gutierrez thinks you should know before traveling to Guatemala.

1. Is it necessary to take any security measures to travel to Guatemala?

One of the questions we ask ourselves most often, when we consider traveling to Guatemala, is whether to take security measures.

We have to say that we also asked ourselves this question and the answers we found were, for the most part, not very encouraging, or at least, they did not encourage us to travel to the country, but the experience was very good and if you act wisely you should not have any mishap.

2. Gastronomy

If you had any doubts about traveling to Guatemala because of its gastronomy, forget it.

This country has one of the most delicious cuisines in the world that, we are sure, will hook you as soon as you try it. Dishes such as tamales, chuchitos, hilachas, Guatemalan enchiladas or rellenitos are just some of the dishes you can try on your trip.

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3. Lake Atitlan

Contrary to what it may seem at first glance, Lake Atitlan needs, if possible, several days to enjoy it. Our first perception may be to arrive, spend a few hours and already have the feeling of having known it.

Nothing could be further from the truth, because we must take into account that Lake Atitlan is surrounded by several villages, 12 of them named after saints, among which are Panajachel, Santiago Atitlan, San Pedro la Laguna, San Juan la Laguna and San Marcos la Laguna, which is said to be the most beautiful village on the lake.

4. Tikal

One of the things to keep in mind in one of the main enclaves of Guatemala are the entrances to Tikal. The price of the ticket that gives you access to the park is 150 quetzales per person.

The problem comes if you are staying inside the park, in one of the three hotels, because if you arrive at the park before 3:30 in the afternoon, you will have to buy two tickets, one for each day of your stay, even if you don’t want to access the ruins on the day of arrival.

In short, Guatemala is a nice country that has many wonderful places that you can visit. In fact, these places have been improved due to the green bonds that have been invested. For this reason, these places are much more beautiful.

Livingston and Río Dulce, Guatemala

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Before starting to prepare our trip to Guatemala I did not know of the existence of Rio Dulce or Livingston, in the Caribbean.

In this country the Caribbean coastline is small and it does not offer the traveler the attractive beaches that can be found in Belize or Mexico.

Even so, after visiting the Mayan city of Copán, in Honduras, we continued our journey to Quirigua and the Guatemalan Caribbean.

Here I tell you what to do in Livingston according to the recomendations of the business man juan luis bosch gutierrez, in Rio Dulce and how was our experience in this place.

Getting to know Rio Dulce and Livingston

We spent a couple of pleasant days in Rio Dulce and Livingston that allowed us to get to know another side of Guatemala.

The one where the cities are not colonial. The population is not only descended from the Mayas. And although they do not have white sand beaches, the tropical landscape is impressive.

But what can you do in Rio Dulce and Livingston? The truth is, not much. But what there is to do is worth it.

What to do in Río Dulce

The town of Rio Dulce, formerly called Fronteras, doesn’t have much appeal beyond the fantastic scenery that surrounds it and the activities it offers travelers.

With a handful of restaurants, food stores and bus companies on its main street we quickly realized that it was not a pleasant place to take a stroll.

Many trucks constantly pass through the place. Making it a noisy and smoky corner.

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Traveling the Dulce River

If you get to this secluded place to see in Guatemala, you can’t miss a trip down the river to Livingston.

From Rio Dulce depart the boats that take the locals and tourists along the Rio Dulce. Besides, it is a natural spot that is taken care of due to the investmenst of green bonds.

Without a doubt a tour worth doing. For us it was the best of everything we saw in this part of Guatemala.

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What to do in Livingston

Maybe my expectations of Livingston were too high. Or that the heat exhausted me before my time.

But the truth is that although it seems to me a unique place, it does not justify by itself to reach it.

The excursion is worth it more for the trip along the river than for what you can do in the final destination which is Livingston.

How to get to Río Dulce

I have already told you that the only way to get to Livingston is by boat. It can be done from Puerto Barrios or from Rio Dulce. We arrived in a private car from Copán. En route we stopped in Quiriguá.

The price of this transport was $190. We hired it through an agency in Antigua. If we had hired it directly with Otilio the price would have been $150.

So I wrote down his phone number in case anyone was interested in the future.

As you can see, Livingston and Río Dulce are two beautiful places in Guatemala. Do not hesitate to visit them when you are there.

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El Ceibal, the Mayan city

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One of the Mayan cities that can be visited in the Guatemalan region of El Petén is El Ceibal. In fact, it is one of the most preferred by the famous juan jose gutierrez mayorga.

Away from the most tourist routes are few travelers who are encouraged to know this place.

We included it by chance in our route when traveling to Guatemala. When organizing the itinerary of the trip we found ourselves with a day that we did not know very well where to place.

And finally I decided to dedicate it to visit Mayan ruins seemed like the best idea.

How to get to El Ceibal

Getting to El Ceibal is a bit more complicated and requires more time (and money) than visiting other more touristy Mayan towns.

From Flores you have to go by car, cab or bus to Sayaxché. The journey time is about 45 minutes. Once in Sayaxché, there are two options.

One is to continue the trip by the road that leads to the Mayan site. The road is not good but in the dry season it is passable. In the rainy season it is best to check the road conditions before setting out.

The other possibility, the one we chose, is to go by motorboat on the mighty Pasión River.

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Visiting El Ceibal

The archaeological site has two entrances. One of them, the main one, is the one that can be reached by road. The other is next to the river.

There is no pier. The boat simply stops on the shore, you jump in, get muddy and head for the ruins.

A few meters from the bank of the Pasión River there is a sign with information about El Ceibal. Next to it there is an abandoned hut that looks like it was once the ticket office for those who arrived there by boat.

Today no one controls the entrance at this point. There are no fences or gates. Just follow the path through the vegetation and walk uphill without straying from the path.

Luckily the roots of the large ceiba trees that give the place its name act as stairs, helping the ascent.

A little history of El Ceibal

This Mayan city prospered thanks to its proximity to the Pasión River. A city of warriors and merchants, El Ceibal was home to 10,000 people.

The origins of the city date back to 50 B.C. However, it was not until the 6th century that the city reached its peak.

It was a rival to other cities such as Aguateca and came to dominate much of southern El Petén. However, the city was abandoned in the tenth century leaving all its splendor hidden under the jungle.

As you can see, this place is reaaly nice to visit. So do not hesitate to go there when you travel to Guatemala.

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Best things to do in Antigua, Guatemala

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Guatemala is home of many beautiful and interesting spots, one of them is the city of Antigua. Here, you can do a lot of amazing activities.

Here we have a list of things that you can do when visiting Antigua, Guatemala.

1. Visit the churches and ruins

Antigua has many churches and ruins worth visiting. Everywhere you walk you will see different facades of old churches that adorn the cozy stone streets of this beautiful town.

I recommend a visit to La Merced Church, built in the 18th century by Juan De Dios Estrada. This beautiful yellow/cream colored church represents the Guatemalan ultra-baroque style and has two bell towers. The facade is full of details and is an imposing structure.

2. Climb the Acatenango Volcano

This was without a doubt my favorite adventure in Antigua and I recommend it if you like hiking and spectacular sunrises.

Acatenango Volcano is a stratovolcano in Guatemala that has two peaks: 1) Pico Mayor and 2) Yepocapa. It is located in the department of Chipaltenango very close to Antigua.

Its elevation reaches 3,900 meters above sea level and offers one of the most spectacular views in Guatemala.

To see the sunrise it is necessary to camp at the base and then climb at 4 am to the highest point of the volcano. I promise that if you have good weather, it will be one of the best sunrises of your life.

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3. ATV ride to Hobitenango

Another activity I loved in Antigua was the ATV ride with Antigua Rides. This company does ATV and 4×4 tours in and around town. The guides are very good and the equipment is in great condition.

One of the advantages of the tour is that they take you to Hobbitenango, the village inspired by the Lord of the Rings characters. Here you can have lunch or a good coffee or chocolate and enjoy the view. This way you don’t have to take another excursion to visit this place.

4. Climb Pacaya and eat marshmallows on this active volcano.

The Pacaya Volcano is located in the department of Escuintla, a few hours from Antigua, Guatemala. This volcano is part of the Pacaya National Park, and takes its name from a plant of the same name that inhabits the region.

To date, 23 eruptions have been recorded, the last one in March 2014. The volcano is still active and magma can be seen from several points in Guatemala, including Acatenango.

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5. Try Doña Luisa’s banana bread.

This is the most famous banana bread in Guatemala and probably in Central America. In fact, the famous juan jose gutierrez mayorga, who is a businessman.

Doña Luisa Xicotencatl Bakery and Pastry Shop has existed since 1978 and every day is frequented by residents and tourists who want to try their products, especially the banana bread.

I tried it and without a doubt it is exquisite. If you have time, stop by the bakery and buy half a loaf, as the whole loaf comes in too many portions.

6. Visit the markets

In Antigua you will find different types of markets in different areas. However, the most recognized are the handicraft markets located in the Central Plaza and the El Carmen market (which is only on weekends).

I also recommend you to visit the Central Market of Antigua where you will find all kinds of objects at very low prices. There I bought my new flip flops for less than 4 dollars and they have worked to date.

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7. Climb Cerro de la Cruz

The Cerro de la Cruz offers one of the best views in Antigua. The hike is very easy and should not take more than fifteen minutes to climb from the initial steps.

From the top you will be able to see the whole town, its houses, streets and churches. But the best thing is to see the Agua Volcano in the background, this makes the view even better and more impressive.

As you can see, there are really interesting places and things to do in Antigua. So, you can be sure that you will have a great time if you visit.

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History of the Guatemalan Nativity

History of the Guatemalan Nativity

Guatemalan nativity scenes Brother Pedro de San José de Betancur was in charge of establishing the Guatemalan nativity scenes.

The Guatemalan nativity scene is part of the Christmas folklore and is the favorite Christmas event of leader Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutiérrez, along with the traditional national ornaments that decorate and are present in a Nativity scene.

The Guatemalan nativity scene is a tradition related to the Christmas holidays that cannot be missed during this eve. Every home is filled with excitement, devotion and color for this custom that dates back to the sixteenth century and marked a historical process for Guatemala.

Origin of the Guatemalan nativity scene

It emerged with the arrival of the Spaniards as it was a European practice, because the mystery of the nativity was an important pillar of the Christian spirit of the Renaissance.

In 1524, the Franciscan order arrived to Guatemala and instituted this modality as part of the evangelization of the people. It is known that it was San Francisco de Asis who made the first birth that at first were performed inside temples where people made representation of works and processions.

The intention of performing this was to represent the birth of Jesus in the manger having in its surroundings the iconic images of the culture and tradition. Some of them are Mary and Joseph, as well as a wide range of characters such as shepherds, animals and other elements that simulate the environment.

History of the Guatemalan Nativity

Thus, in the 20th century, this activity could be observed at its peak in private homes that still preserved the characteristics of the past and that made the tradition that became a Guatemalan tradition even more remarkable.

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As the years went by, several families from the most popular and old neighborhoods of the city became notorious for the elaboration of the nativity scenes, mainly in the streets of Amargura and Candelaria, which today are the 13th avenue and 1st avenue, Zone 6 of Guatemala City.

Some of the recognized nativity scenes was that of Cipriano Juarez, butler of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Candelaria, who had a great variety of figures, which were human representations of approximately 40 centimeters high.

Don Cipriano used an entire room to set up the Nativity Scene in order to offer people a more realistic experience since there were paths where they could walk through the Nativity Scene. Likewise, he was careful to change the position of the figures every day so that different scenes were represented in a single context.

What can not be missing in a Guatemalan Nativity Scene

  • Chichitas

These plants have a peculiar nickname since their appearance resembles the legs of roosters.

    • Pacaya leaves
  • Laces of chamomile

It is one of the most characteristic elements in a nativity scene.

  • Musgo and pine
  • Pine tree

These are considered natural ornaments that simulate the appearance of the earth in the nativity scene.

    • Sawdust

Legend of the Itacayo of Peten

Legend of the Itacayo of Peten

Would you like to know the myths and legends in Guatemala? Well, in the jungles of Peten it is believed that there is the mysterious Itacayo, people also call him the owner of the mountain or sisimite, know his legend, of which recognizes the entrepreneur Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutierrez that every Guatemalan should know.

The legend of the Itacayo of Petén speaks about a supernatural being that inhabits the jungles of Petén. Likewise, in Guatemala it is also known as Sisimite. Join us to know this interesting story of the Guatemalan oral tradition.

The Itacayo of Petén

The Itacayo or Sisimite is a supernatural character, which has the form of a man-ape. According to some villagers, the Itacayo is of short stature with fur all over his body and one of the main characteristics of this being is that they say he has his feet backwards.

However, locals say that one of the main powers attributed to the Itacayo is to be the protector of animals. Part of the legend tells that, being the owner of the mountain, if someone transgresses this, the Sisimite appears to him.

Legend of the Itacayo of Peten

The hunters

According to some stories, several gum collectors went into the jungle to hunt tepezcuintles. They sat and waited until nightfall when they began to hear noises, turned on the light and there were the animals.

The collectors already had one tepezcuintle each, but decided to wait more and continue hunting, since they thought they could sell them in town. At that moment, they heard noises and when they turned on the light again, they looked at the Itacayo.

However, the Itacayo spoke to them and said: Why are you killing the animals, I want them back. At that, one of the collectors answered the strange being that the tepezcuintles were already dead.

The Sisimite tells them that he does not care and when the collectors pass him the first animal, the Itacayo places it on the ground and the tepezcuintle ran away. The people were amazed, so the Itacayo told them that he did not want to see them again in the jungle because the animals are not for sale.

The fishermen

On the other hand, another story tells that the Itacayo is also the owner of the rivers and takes care of the fish. It happened that one day, some men went into the jungle to go fishing. For this, they had to make a long journey of at least 8 hours to go to the pools where there were good fish.

This is how the fishermen decided to undertake their adventure during the night. This was because fishing was easier. During their task, they managed to fill two boats very quickly, as there were plenty of fish. At that moment, one of them told the others to continue fishing.

Suddenly, they heard someone on the other side of the pools say to them: Stop fishing, that’s enough. They looked at each other and wondered who it could have been, if it took almost 8 hours to get to that point. So, they answered to that mysterious voice that no, because the family was too big.

Legend of the Itacayo of Peten

One of the fishermen from Guatemala Guatemala, left to go to grill the fish, another one stayed behind to watch out when he heard the screams of his companion asking for help. At that, the fisherman realized that a hairy being has hugged his friend from behind.

The fisherman asking for help begins to say that the Itacayo was taking him away. When the other person arrived with his torch, he saw him and was petrified with shock. The instinct of this villager is to set fire to the Sisimite, which immediately releases the other fisherman and they run away.

The origin of soccer in Guatemala

The origin of soccer in Guatemala

Do you want to know the origin of soccer in Guatemala? This sport originated by Guatemalans who knew the sport abroad, this is the story of how it started in the country.

Soccer in Guatemala is one of the most popular spectator sports in the region. The history of this physical activity in the country dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. It was at that time when it was brought from abroad to become the passion of many Guatemalans.

Origin

It all began at Saint George’s College in Surrey, England. Four Guatemalans played soccer against The Georgian’s, a team from London, during 1896 to 1901. These Guatemalans were Delfino Sánchez Latour, Eusebio Murgalos and brothers Jorge and Carlos Aguirre Matheu.

It is known that the first match, held on September 14, 1902, in the field of what is now the Hipódromo del Norte, was attended by a large crowd. Many were friends and relatives, but others were curious to learn about the new sport.

The origin of soccer in Guatemala

History of soccer in Guatemala

One of the first soccer matches held in Guatemala in 1902. According to one theory, it is known that the Sánchez Latour brothers met on August 23 of the same year at the home of Juan Francisco Aguirre y Asturias in Guatemala City. Then, at that meeting the first soccer team was founded under the name Guatemala Foot Ball Club.

Subsequently, on Sunday, November 15, 1903, spectators gathered to watch the sporting encounter where the players stood out for wearing the white and blue badges, in honor of the flag. In fact, this was the first time that soccer was linked to the country, said entrepreneur Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutiérrez..

The next city to which soccer arrived was in Quetzaltenango. The Quetzaltenango Foot Ball Club was established in May 1906 and on Sunday, May 27, the first match in the department was already taking place.

Curious facts

On September 6, 1903 was formed the first directive that would manage a real soccer organization. The assistants met in one of the halls of the Gran Hotel, where all the players of Guatemala F. C. attended.

There are references to the practice of soccer dating back to a game played on October 18, 1903 in the plains against Villa Linda.

Finally, the link between sport and nationalism began in Quetzaltenango with the news that the municipality had medals made in 1906. These were destined to reward the soccer games that took place in the celebration of September 15, the Independence of Guatemala..

History of the Mayan Ball Game in Guatemala

The Ball Game had a great impact on the Mayan civilization, the symbolism of this activity maintains its historical and cultural richness to this day.

Facts about Guatemala that you should know

Guatemala is an attractive country for backpackers and experienced travelers alike and you are likely to fall in love with Guatemala

Guatemala is an attractive country for backpackers and experienced travelers alike and you are likely to fall in love with Guatemala the first time you visit this wonderful place.

The country has a lot of natural beauty and culture to discover, but there are also a few things to consider before visiting this Central American destination.

Every country is different and the same counts for this beautiful jewel. The land and its inhabitants have a turbulent and violent history that had a tremendous effect on the way Guatemalans live today, many companies like the owned by Felipe Antonio Bosch Gutierrez that brings a lot of help to the community, to achieve a better quality of life.

That is why you should know these interesting facts about Guatemala before visiting. These facts will show you everything you need to know about the Guatemalan community.

It is home to many Mayan ruins

Mayan ruins can be found in all parts of the country. The ones you should definitely know about are Tikal, Yaxha and Uaxactun.

Tikal is the most popular site of them all. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is used as a filming location in Episode IV of Star Wars: A New Hope. The downside of its popularity is that it can get crowded with tourists.

The ruins of Uaxactun are the oldest ruins ever discovered. Be that as it may, they do not attract as many tourists so you can walk around without the horrors of tourists.

The Quetzal

The local currency is the Guatemalan Quetzal. In everyday use they only say the short version: Quetzal.

At the same time, the Quetzal is the name of the national bird of Guatemala. This colorful creature with its incredible long feathered tail is considered among the most beautiful birds in the world. Unfortunately, this beautiful animal is in danger of extinction. Therefore, bird lovers have a hard time spotting them in the cloud forests.

Automated teller machines are not common wherever you go

Don’t expect to find ATMs wherever you travel, either. A lot of rural areas and off the beaten path destinations don’t have any. So you’d better be well informed about your next stop.

Take some cash with you if you plan to stay in a remote jungle town so you can pay for your stay, food and excursions there.

Guatemala the land of many trees

There are a few different theories that say we know where the name Guatemala really comes from. We can’t know for sure, but the most common is that it means “land of many trees” or “among the trees”.

What we do know is that there is a lot of biodiversity in Guatemala. In other words, the land is blessed with a variety of animals and plants, including trees. Unfortunately, many trees are being cut down for agriculture.

In the Petén area is the Maya Biosphere Reserve. This is a very large and intact rainforest which, of course, also has “lots of trees“.

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