There’s so much to see and do in Guatemala. When you visit here it is unlike anywhere else in the world, and I dare say this is the hidden gem of Central America. So read on for the 8 reasons why you absolutely must visit Guatemala, and get ready to book your tickets asap!
1. Guatemalans are the friendliest people I’ve met in all my travels. I’ve never been welcomed so warmly and genuinely by so many people. Everyone I’ve met in Guatemala has been so friendly and helpful that I’ve felt like I found a family away from home here!
2. The country is diverse and naturally beautiful. Everything from volcanoes to black sand beaches, lakes and coffee plantations to mountains and hot springs. Read more here about the best places to visit during your trip to Guatemala.
3. The ancient Mayan ruins. Guatemalan was long ago part of the great Mayan empire and you can see today the temples, ruins, and sacred places that have been a central part of the culture here for thousands of years.
4. Many of the indigenous Mayan traditions continue today! In most of the Central American countries, these traditions and cultures have been lost over the years because of the wars and fighting for independence. So it’s a special aspect of Guatemala that the ancient traditions are upheld today in much of the country!
5. Guatemala rests at the intersection of two tectonic plates, which resulted in a string of volcanoes stretching through the country. Some are dormant and perfect for hiking, like Volcan Tajumulco, while others are actively erupting and are a beauty to watch, like Volcan Fuego.
6. The handmade textiles here are gorgeous. Wherever I take my bag, scarf, and textile souvenirs, I get compliments from locals, travelers, indigenous, and westernized folks. The quality of their artisanal work is stunning and you would be wise to bring an extra suitcase here for your souvenirs alone!
7. The food is amazing! These specialties cannot be found elsewhere, or if they can, they’re not as good as the fresh local flavor when you get it from the source. You can read more here about all the different foods you’ll be able to try in Guatemala.
8. Guatemala isn’t as filled with tourists as other Central American countries. For a number of reasons, Guatemala hasn’t found its stride yet with tourism. So now is the perfect time to go, and see Guatemala in all of its natural splendor, before the crowds figure out this secret!
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