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A nation short on bright lights, Guatemala has forged its path as a vacation destination thanks to its rugged, natural beauty and warm welcome of its people. Don't let the capital of Guatemala City scare you off; Guatemala's real treasures -- small Mayan-populated towns, active volcanoes and colonial architecture -- are all at least an hour or two away from the metropolis. Shop your way through Quetzaltenango's labyrinthine markets or learn Spanish in colonial Antigua, where discotheques, courtyard hotels and international restaurants cater to an international crowd of students and ex-pats. Row a canoe across Lake Atitlán to hike up a volcano or stay in a colorful lake front village. Fly to the north to see the ancient highlight of ... Read more
Guatemala, Tikal, one of the most impressive Mayan sites in the world. If you can arrive by sunrise, do, as dawn over the surrounding jungle is worth the trip to Guatemala alone.
Temperatures in most of Guatemala (with the exception of the highest regions) remain in the 70s (21°-26°C) during the day throughout most of the year, so when you go depends largely on how much you value good low-season prices versus dry weather. Most North American and European tourists choose the latter, and pour into the country during the dry season from December through April. Guatemalans take their religious holidays seriously, and these are great times to visit the country if you are able to make reservations far enough in advance. Antigua, which has world renowned Holy Week celebrations, can see hotels book up a year in advance.
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Guatemala is generally safe but travelers did "take precautions that (one would not) normally take." For example, taking "cabs at night instead of walking home alone." Also, "(using) a tour company in between cities with door to door service instead of dealing with bus stations and public transit." Notable were "Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Tikal" and women "would definitely travel solo in Guatemala again." Traveling solo, they still "watched...belongings closely and tried to stick in groups." Travelers did note to "dress conservatively in rural areas."
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London, UK

Guatemala is generally safe but travelers did “take precautions that (one would not) normally take." For example, taking "cabs at night instead of walking home alone." Also, "(using) a tour company in between cities with door to door service instead of dealing with bus stations and public transit.” Notable were “Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Tikal" and women "would definitely travel solo in Guatemala again.” Traveling solo, they still “watched...belongings closely and tried to stick in groups.” Travelers did note to “dress conservatively in rural areas.”

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Sydney, Australia

Compact, friendly and thoroughly lovely, Guatemala packs a lot into its tiny size. From the colonial charm of Antigua to the colorful markets of Chichicastenango, from village-hopping around Lake Atitlan to the volcano trekking near Quetzaltenango to some of Mesoamerica's most stunning temples at Tikal, it's an easy choice for anyone looking to dip their toes in Central America.

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Durham, North Carolina, USA

I studied Spanish in Antigua for three months a million years ago, and spent lots of time traveling around Guatemala -- up to Lake Atitlan where you can hike volcanoes, over to the beaches where I was surprised by the Caribbean coast's radically different culture, and up to small villages in the mountains and hills. Even after three months, I still much preferred traveling in Mexico, but the culture, the scenery, the artisan crafts, and the indigenous people make an amazing visit.

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Stuttgart, Germany

There is realy a lot too visit, Maya ruins, Maya natives, colonial citys, volcanos, this country should be a part of a trip in this region

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Brisbane, Australia

Guatemala is a country with a lot of social and political problems. The drug trade and gangs have made parts of the country unsafe. Poverty has led to some major environmental issues with deforestation in the north. Nevertheless, Guatemala has a long history and unique culture that is worth getting to know. Beautiful natural wonders like Lake Atitlan combine with historical sites from a vast range of eras (Antigua, and Tikal for example)

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Fort Worth, Texas
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We took a day trip into Guatemala from Belize to visit Tikal. It is a beautiful place and very wild at the same time.

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