Newsweek - - Guatemala -

Gu­atemala may be a small coun­try but it truly has a world to of­fer: Due to its nat­u­ral di­ver­sity, it is unique as a travel des­ti­na­tion and its cul­tural trea­sures are un­matched in the world. Myr­i­ads of arche­o­log­i­cal mys­ter­ies of the Mayan civ­i­liza­tion are wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered, as well as mon­u­ments from times of colo­nial splen­dor that are un­ri­valled in artis­tic qual­ity.


Gu­atemala is lo­cated at the cen­ter of the Amer­i­cas; it is the Heart of the Mayan World and is known to be the land of ever spring due to its con­sis­tently mild cli­mate all year round. It’s ad­van­ta­geous cli­mate is also the rea­son why it has joined the ex­clu­sive club of those 19 “Mega di­ver­sity Coun­tries” that are home to over 70% of all known species on earth. The dis­tances are short in Gu­atemala, which makes it very easy to visit dif­fer­ent re­gions of the coun­try even on a tight time sched­ule. Gu­atemala is rich in nat­u­ral and cul­tural trea­sures and its vis­i­tors will find vivid, mag­i­cal, mys­ti­cal and col­or­ful tra­di­tions through­out the coun­try.

The coun­try’s trace­able his­tory dates back 4,000 years. It is from that time that we have the first known relics of the high cul­ture of the Mayan civ­i­liza­tion. To­day, Gu­atemala ex­cels at com­bin­ing past and present. The most striking first im­pres­sion for ev­ery vis­i­tor is the heart­felt warmth and hospi­tal­ity of the Guatemalan peo­ple. After the warm wel­come, no­body can es­cape the amaze­ment over the ma­jes­tic vol­ca­noes, lakes, rivers and forests with their breath­tak­ing flora and fauna. The magic of the Mayan World seems to be un­bro­ken in more than 3,000 an­cient sites, most of all the arche­o­log­i­cal jew­els and Tikal (UN­ESCO World Cul­tural & Nat­u­ral Her­itage Site), Yaxhá, Aguateca, El Mi­rador, Quiriguá (UN­ESCO World Cul­tural & Nat­u­ral Her­itage Site), and Q’uma’rkaj.

Gu­atemala’s wealth and di­ver­sity make it easy for any trav­eler to en­joy the stay - re­gard­less if for leisure or busi­ness. The coun­try is di­vided into seven tourist re­gions: Gu­atemala, Alti­plano, Petén, Iz­a­bal, Ver­a­paces, Pací­fico and Ori­ente.


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