GUATEMALA MODERN AND COLONIAL
The country’s main entrance is the international airport La Aurora in the capital Guatemala City, also known by its official name “Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción.” It is from here that all adventure begins, upon which all visitors are welcomed by the Guatemalans with great kindness and discreet hospitality. Guatemala City, one of the most modern and international metropolis in Central America, preserves its roots while modernity merges with colonial legacy. A city in constant change, offering chic shopping centers, hospitals and state-of-the art aesthetics centers, as well as world class venues for exhibitions, conferences and meetings, theme parks and golf courses. Change is omnipresent and becomes most visible in the city center where its historical buildings, churches, museums, monuments and art galleries seem to defy the centuries.
Near the nation’s capital lies La Antigua Guatemala. It was the capital of the Guatemalan Kingdom from 1541 to 1776 until its destruction by the earthquake of Santa Marta. It seems like time stands still in La Antigua: The largely unchanged colonial cityscape with its beautiful old facades exerts an inescapable charm. Apart from the splendor of past days, a breeze of artistic freedom blows through the ancient capital at the foot of the three volcanoes that rarely escape the eye of the beholder.