PETÉN MAYA WORLD AD­VEN­TURE

Newsweek - - Guatemala -

In the north of Gu­atemala lies the Heart of the Mayan World. Four­teen mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties form the heart­land of the an­cient realm, where var­i­ous in­dige­nous lan­guages such as Itzá, La­can­dón, Mopán, Q’eqchi’ and Ixil are still spo­ken. Flores is the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter and start­ing point for dis­cov­ery trips to the numerous tourist at­trac­tions of the dis­trict. Sit­u­ated on a small is­land in the lake of Petén Itzá, the town not only fas­ci­nates its vis­i­tors by its lo­ca­tion, but also by its wind­ing al­leys, pic­turesque shops, restau­rants, ho­tels and street stands with typ­i­cal dishes of the re­gion.

Exploring tours through the rain­for­est, horse­back rid­ing or ca­noe­ing on one of the lakes and rivers are un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences. This is the ideal place to switch off, re­lax, get to know and learn from its unique ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites such as the Tikal Na­tional Park, Yaxhá, Ceibal, Aguateca, San Bar­tolo, El Mi­rador or Uax­ac­tún. The re­gion has re­mained largely un­touched so that the ru­ins that spring from the wild jun­gle un­fold their ir­re­sistible and dis­tinc­tive charm to ev­ery vis­i­tor.

Photo: Tikal Na­tional Park

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