Get Inspired / Central America / Guatemala Great Treasure of Guatemala Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / Guatemala Great Treasure of Guatemala story by: House of Travel Specialist It is hard to describe Guatemala in so little space, let alone convince a reader that a third world country, tainted with a history of violence and crime, is far more beautiful than that of an advanced nation! But this is how I felt when I reluctantly pried away from the Mayan land, simply because of how far they’ve come and what they’ve managed to preserve of their traditions. Start with a few nights overlooking the picturesque cobblestone streets of Antigua City and even take a walk on a ‘reasonably’ active volcano if you wish. Lake Atitlan is known as the most beautiful lake in the world, well worth stopping here for a couple of nights to inhale the mystical scenery. Just over the hill are the biggest markets in Central America, Chichicastenango. Immerse yourself in bargaining, the local cooking smells, crafts, local art, song and dance. Heading north you’ll enter the Peten Jungle, the home of Tikal amongst many other Mayan ruins, let the ancient truth unfold before your eyes! Throughout Guatemala, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the indigenous people. Give them your respect and they will let you into their hearts & lives, where’ll you learn more about life than in years of school. Accommodation can be stunning, boutique and timeless at just a fraction of the price paid elsewhere. It is evident in the everyday life of a Guatemalan, that, yes they struggle economically in comparison to the western world, their political issues still have years of mending.. But they live each day with colour, boldness, simplicity, and are contently happy with what they have, instead of the worry or stress of the 1st world wants & desires. Little do the Guatemalan population know, they have some of the world’s most beautiful and powerful scenery that would make any wealthy person respect the way they live their lives. This is a beautiful and totally underrated part of the world. By House of Travel Specialist: Katie Searle Click here for the Latest Central America Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons why Contiki's a great idea Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons to book UK & Europe now Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.