One of the most affordable places to travel in Central America is Guatemala. Guatemala travel is becoming very popular because there are amazing things to do and places to visit. With all the things to do in Guatemala, it can be overwhelming to plan a trip. To make planning your trip easier, here are five of the unmissable things to do in Guatemala.
Chichicastenango is also commonly called Chichi, which is one of the most famous markets in Guatemala. The market is held on Sundays and Thursdays and should not be missed. The market is a showcase of the country’s amazing artisans. There are great bargains on clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs. You can find just about anything in the market. You can also visit the area when the market not on. If you visit during non-market days, you should bring something to sacrifice at the shrine of Huyup Tak’ah. This could be a can of soda, a piece of fruit, or some corn.
Tikal is one of the best Mayan ruins in Guatemala and is a very important piece of Mayan architecture. Tikal is believed to be the capital of the Mayan world. It was built somewhere between AD 550 – AD 900. The ruins are spread out over 2.5 square kilometers. Visitors can explore the ruins and climb many of the pyramids. You can also see wildlife on the Guatemala tours to Tikal, which could include birds and monkeys.
- Lake Atitlan
Aldous Huxley described Lake Atitlan as the most beautiful lake in the world. The lake should be visited during the day by all tourists. The lake was formed when the lid of a volcano blew off. There are many villages in the side of the mountain, which makes the climb easier. In many of the villages, there are local artisans who create and sell their products. These products include traditional costumes, home goods, coffee, and food.
Antigua is located in the valley of three looming volcanoes, including Fuego which releases smoke daily. There are very well-preserved colonial towns in Guatemala and Central America. The city is only about an hour drive from Guatemala City and the airport. Antigua is on the small side, but there are still many cafes, shops, and bars that you can visit. Antigua is a good place to stay in Guatemala because there are hotels at all price points. It should be noted that many visitors have decided that Antigua is too lovely to leave and decided to move to the city.
Flores is a common stop on the way to Tikal and is located on a small island in Lake Peten. You can easily reach the island by a bridge from Santa Elena. The town is known for its brightly colored buildings and many amazing restaurants.
If you are not sure what you want to do, there are Guatemala tours that will show you around the area. Guatemala travel is very popular because the city is full of so many things to do and places to visit.