Guatemala in Middle America is a mountainous country with lots of rainforest. Once upon a time the Maya people flourished here, and a large part of the population still speak Mayan languages such as K’iche’, Kaqchikel, Q’eqchi and Mam. But the most famous remnant of this culture is the city of Tikal, a very impressive citadel in the middle of the jungle.

But history is everywhere here. The northern region of El Petén is a limestone plateau that also holds remains of the Maya civilisation. The largest lake in the country is Lake Izabal, which drains into the Gulf of Honduras.

On the other side of the country is Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes. The coastline of Guatemala is also beautiful, and a tour around this country will give you a wonderful mix of nature and culture. And of course a few days of relaxing on the beach.

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