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1. Posted by ppereira (Full Member, 25 posts) 27 May '07 22:55

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INFORMATION ABOUT GUATEMALA

The best time to come?
From November to April we have the dry season, so I think it's the best time to enjoy Central America, but rivers, waterfalls and nature is more beautiful during rainy season from May to October...

What to see?
Tikal- a provincial park that boasts the presence of
mayan temples, jaguars, monkeys and all sorts of small interesting creatures.

Flores- a small island town (colonial of course)plan to spend a few days here if you can. It is breathtaking and some cool bars.

Antigua- a small colonial town just outside Guatemala city, it was the original capital of guate.
In the city: the central market, the plaza, the cathedral, the palace...they are all in the same block pretty much.
just make sure you are not packing any documents and stuff. There tend to be a lot of pickpockets.

Volcanoes...lots of these. The pacaya which is the closest that i am aware of to the city has a
geolological museum and a geothermal generation plant...

There is an area in the city that is relatively new...quatro grados norte, it is a pedestrian area
that has a variety of bars, restaurants and public areas:) Also ask around about good places to eat, I
never really ate out when i go to the city...family takes care of me.
Try to spend a lot of time in Guatemala... 

Activities in Guatemala

* Spanish colonial history: explore UNESCO-listed Antigua, the former capital with a wealth of colonial archictecture. Look out for Guatemala's unique squat, Baroque-embellished churches.

  • Lakes and volcanoes : Lago de Atitlan, framed by volcanoes and dubbed 'the most beautiful lake in the world', is a must. Semuc Champey is a spectacular staircase of turquoise pools suspended on a natural limestone bridge in the Alta Verapaz. Pacaya is the most accessible of three active volcanoes. You can bathe in hot springs in Rio Dulce, or take a boat down its gorge from Lago de Izabel to to the Caribbean coast.

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  • Indigenous culture: considered the strongest in central America, especially in the central and western highlands. The vibrant weekly markets are unmissable.

* Archaeological treasures: mostly found in Peten, their sheer quantity and scale is astonishing. Most famous is Tikal, where temples and pyramids rise out of tropical forest alive with birds and monkeys. Other sites include Yaxha, Ceibal, Uaxactan, Aguateca, Copan and remote El Mirador and Nakbe, accessible only by mule or helicopter.

  • Shopping: buy a huge range of Mayan textiles, crafts, hammocks, clothes, jewellery, home furnishings, ceramics and folk art in the highlands, local handcrafts and carved woodwork in El Remate in Peten, antiques and art in Antigua. Best markets in Chichicastenango, Panajachel, Santiago, Antigua, Guatemala City. Bargaining is part of the fun.

* Wildlife: a tremendous array of animals and birds in some of Central America's best preserved rainforests: jaguar, ocelot, tapir, spider and howler monkeys, toucans, hummingbirds, parakeets and vultures, to name a few. Peten has the best of Guatemala's nature reserves.

* Adventure Activities: Go hiking, mountain biking or horse riding in the western highlands, best with a guide. Try deep sea fishing off the Pacific coast, kayaking or altitude diving in Lago de Atitlan. Take a canopy tour outside Tikal. Bathe in hot springs in Rio Dulce.

So, come to Guatemala!!!!

2. Posted by Rurre (Budding Member, 6 posts) 29 May '07 12:53

I very much enjoyed my trip to Guatemala in February.

In Antigua we stayed at the Casa Rustica - a great place to stay, comfortable, clean, safe and reasonably cheap - you can even book online.

We took the bus from Guatemala City to Flores - interesting trip.

In Flores we stayed at the Casa Azul - again, comfortable, clean, safe and reasonably cheap - and you can book online.

After Flores we bussed over to Belize for a few days to Caye Caulker.

A great holiday.

Sheila