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Guatemala

Guatemala is Central America's westernmost country sharing borders with Mexiko to the north and west, Belize to the northeast and Honduras and El Salvador to the east. Its landscape is dominated by volcanos, which reach heights up to 3800m. Being the Mayan heartland Guatemala, the land of "eternal spring", offers Central America in concentrated form.
For more facts on Guatemala see The World Factbook

Tikal - one of the most spectecular relicts of the old Mayan civilisation [tikal-1.jpg]

Tikal - one of the most spectecular relicts of the old Mayan civilisation

Being one of the most spectecular relicts from the old Mayan civilisation, the monumental Mayan ceremonial center at Tikal is a must for every visit to Guatemala. ...
Antigua - the old capital [antigua-volcano-1.jpg]

Antigua - the old capital

Antigua was Guatemalas capital from 1543 until 1776. When the city of Antigua was destroyed by the great earthquake in 1773 the capital was moved 45km east to the present site of Guatemala city. ...
Coban - where the coffee comes from [coban-church.jpg]

Coban - where the coffee comes from

In the 19th century Coban was a flourishing, rich town dominated by German immigrants who founded vast coffee fincas. Still a agricultural center around Coban are fincas cultivating coffee, sugar cane and cardamom.
Photos from Chichicastenango [masks.jpg]

Photos from Chichicastenango

Despite of its isolated location surrounded by valleys, with nearby mountains looming overhead, Chichicastenango (also called Chichi) is one of the most important market towns in Guatemala. Two times a week (Thursday and Sunday) traders ...
People in Guatemala - descedants of the Maya [old-woman.jpg]

People in Guatemala - descedants of the Maya

Most of Guatemala's population is rural, though urbanization is accelerating. Guatemalas indigenous population, the Maya, has retained a distinct identity. Deeply rooted in the rural highlands of Guatemala, many indigenous people speak a ...
The nature of Guatemala: plants [flowers-1.jpg]

The nature of Guatemala: plants

Guatemala's flora includes more than 8,000 species of plants in 19 different ecosystems ranging from the mangrove forests on both coasts to the pine forests of the mountainous interior and the cloud forests at higher altitudes. ...
The nature of Guatemala: animals [glasswing-greta-oto.jpg]

The nature of Guatemala: animals

With its 19 different ecosystems Guatemala also has an abundance of animals. ...
More places [laguna-lachua-1.jpg]

More places

Many of the other places we visited during our journeys in Guatemala are not listed as own menu item. The most beautiful are collected here.
Landscape of Guatemala: Cloudforests [cloudforest-river-3.jpg]

Landscape of Guatemala: Cloudforests

Cloud forests are a type of evergreen mountain forest found in tropical areas. Usually lying at an elevation between 1000 and 2500 m the local conditions cause cloud and mist to be frequently in contact with the forest vegetation. Cloud ...
Places in Guatemala: Nebaj - Juwel high among the Cuchumatanes [nebaj-girl-2.jpg]

Places in Guatemala: Nebaj - Juwel high among the Cuchumatanes

High among the Cuchumatanes lie the Ixil Maya village of Nebaj Quiché. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, and the local people, remote from the cultural influences of modern urbanity, proudly preserve their ancient way of life. Nebaj ...
At the Carribbean [carribean-2.jpg]

At the Carribbean

The caribbean areas of Guatemala and Belize are special in many ways. The inhabitants of those regions don´t have anything in common with the Mayan people living in the highlands of Guatemala. They are blacks called Garífunas who are ...
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