Guatemala City: Surprises are in store for
visitors to the capital, once a sleepy colonial town and now a
modern urban center with an up-to-date hotel infrastructure. Among
its major attractions are the ornate National Palace, the grand
Cathedral and museums such as the National Museum of Arts and
Popular Crafts, the Museum of Natural History and the Ixchel
Antigua: This beautifully restored colonial
city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains some of the finest
examples of Spanish colonial art and architecture, cathedrals,
convents and old mansions in the Americas.
Lake Atitlan: Guatemala's most majestic natural
wonder is a mile high and framed by three volcanoes -- Atitlan,
Toliman and San Pedro. Lake excursions include visits to
picturesque Indian villages and markets.
Chichicastenango: This market town of the
Quiche Indians is also a colonial outpost of churches and inns.
Market days are Thursday and Sunday and the Santo Tomas festival is
held here Dec. 13 to 21.
Tikal: Located in the El Peten rain forest and
considered the greatest of Maya cities, Tikal flourished in the
Classic period from 300 to 900 A.D. and was declared a World
Heritage Monument by UNESCO.Guatemala Fast FactsCapital City: Guatemala CityArea: 50,885 square miles (approximate size of
state of Tennessee)Country population: 11 millionLanguage: SpanishEntry requirements: Valid passport, tourist
card issued on arrival ($5)Currency: QuetzalLocal time: Central Standard (Greenwich Mean
Time -6)International phone code: 502Recommended guidebook: Mexico & Central
America Handbook, Footprint HandbooksInformation: Guatemala Tourist Commission:
(888) INGUAT1; Web site: www.guatemala.travel.com.gt