Guatemala is another country in which the ancient Mayan empire had a big presence. Therefore, some of the time spent in this interesting Central American country will involve exploring ruins at places such as Iximche and Tikal. As one of the most famous areas that the Mayans inhabited, Tikal is home to some of the largest and most impressive sites to have been discovered. The Mundo Perdido (Lost World) complex will be of particular interest to those keen to learn about this period of history.
Besides the Mayans, Guatemala was shaped by the volcanic activity that has left it with a number of active volcanoes. Some of these are major tourist attractions, with two in particular (Fuego and Pacaya) almost constantly billowing ash into the sky. You may well get the chance to hike up the side of some of these, admiring the views, inspecting the lava fields and even watching people toasting marshmallows over the burning ground.
Lake Atitlan is another natural wonder that was formed due to volatile nature of the land. Is it a lively area, with locals making use of the resources that the lake offers and many of the towns only being accessible via boat. As well as in the major areas like Guatemala City and Antigua, this is where you can get under the skin of the destination and see a more authentic side of Guatemala and its people. Unique experiences lie in wait, providing a wealth of stories to tell on your return home.