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Travellers staying in the Guatemala hotels It quickly checks that this country, the most populated in Central America, is a place full of contrasts. The capital, Guatemala City, or Guate, as you know, It is located in a central high valley almost five hundred meters above sea level. It combines a fresh mountain climate and flat terrain that allows pleasant walks through its streets, full of fascinating historic monuments. Looking at the horizon, travelers will see a ring of jagged peaks that include four volcanoes. From time to time, these volcanoes range a little lava, to delight local guides and guests at Guatemala hotels, who will be impressed by the beautiful show of the fiery fire.

Guatemala has known horrific war and now celebrates its hard-won peace. The country suffered a brutal civil conflict of 36 years, where a series of dictators ruthlessly suppressed opposition fighters and dissenting citizens. Many of them "disappeared", so their destiny continues to be unknown. The war ended with a peaceful agreement in 1996, an achievement that commemorates every morning with a ceremony at the National Palace of Culture, in Guatemala City’s central square, where a guard removes a white rose from a sculpture of lifted hands and is given to a visitor; in your place, it is a cool rose to celebrate another day of peace.

Visit a Volcano

Guests staying at Guatemala’s resorts have a wide variety of options to visit a volcano. One of the best and most accessible is El Pacaya. A 3-kilometer hike allows you to see three volcanic peaks: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. It is also possible to marvel at the interior of the crater of Pacaya, with columns of boiling steam and, sometimes, lava. A fantastic day trip with less climbing is the Atitlán Lake, a crater full of brilliant blue water that reflects the surrounding mountains and the fields of wild flowers. Small Mayan villages abound along its shoreline, each with its own character and style. The town of Panajachel is the best loved by tourists at Guatemala's resorts. It has large shops selling locally produced textiles, ceramics, jewelry and leather goods. Watching the sun setting in the bright blue water of the lake is an unforgettable experience. Other must-see attractions are the El Tzala Waterfalls, the lookout point of La Piedra del Sape and the Nature Reserve of San Buenaventura, which is very popular with bird watching.

Step Back in Time

Anyone wanting to know what life was like that centuries ago will be rewarded by their wish when they visit Antigua Guatemala. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city boasts excellent examples of 17th and 18th century architecture in a unique style that uses stucco for the ornamentation, both inside and out of the buildings. The buildings are sturdy and low-speed, as the area is prone to earthquakes. It has enormous arches and deep niches that are especially beautiful when they are illuminated at night. Coffee plantations extend around the old quarters. Guatemala is the main producer of beans in Central America.

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