Newsweek - - Guatemala -

The re­gion of Ori­ente is lo­cated in a warm cli­matic zone and is char­ac­ter­ized by the con­trasts of its dis­tricts Za­capa, Chiquim­ula, Jalapa, Ju­ti­apa and Pro­greso. The “Sierra de las Mi­nas” with its dense jun­gle, the most ex­ten­sive in Cen­tral Amer­ica, is part of the Za­capa dis­trict and is pro­tected for its great bio­di­ver­sity. More than 885 species of mam­mals, birds and rep­tiles live in this in­tact ecosys­tem. More­over, one of the re­gion’s most im­por­tant Catholic pil­grim­age des­ti­na­tions is lo­cated in the vil­lage of Esquip­u­las: The Basílica Menor of the Cristo Ne­gro.

Photo: Tikal Na­tional Park

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