Brief Facts About Guatemala

Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast.
Guatemala is the most populous state in Central America.
There are about 1.2 million people that travel to Guatemala every year.
Guatemala’s abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica’s designation as a biodiversity hotspot.
Despite its small size, it is home to 33 volcanoes
Tikal National Park was the world’s first mixed UNESCO World Heritage. It holds within its border the Mayan ruins of Tikal, which come alive in the evenings with Guatemala animals like the howler monkey.
Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is another prime location to visit. It is a huge lagoon surrounded by 3 conical volcanoes. Guatemalan “Atitlan” means “at the water”, and the interesting fact is that, despite being home to the three volcanoes, it is itself a caldera formed by the explosion of a single volcano 80,000 years previous.
Volcanoes have played a part in the history of Guatemala since its inception. The central highlands sit along the Motagua fault. Pacaya can be seen from the capital, and regularly erupts. Despite this, tours take visitors out onto Pacaya to witness live lava flows.
The highest mountain in Guatemala is the Tajamulco volcano it has an altitude above 4500 meters or 14000 ft.
Monterrico is a bit off the beaten path of Pacific coastal Guatemala. With beautiful black sand, volcanic beaches and far fewer faces than you’ll spot at some other beaches, it’s great for those looking for a true “escape” from reality.
Lake Atitlán was described by Aldous Huxley as the most beautiful lake in the world. Situated in the Guatemalan highlands, the lake is a stunning exhibition of natural splendor.
Chichicastenango often shortened to “Chichi”, is the shopping destination of Guatemala. Located between two and three hours southwest of Guatemala City, ChiChi may be home to the brightest and most vibrant native market in all of the Americas. With a vast array of local fabrics, textiles, clothing, masks, wood-crafted items, pottery and even fireworks, there’s no reason that anyone should leave Chichicastenango Market empty handed.

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