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 Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport 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 to book UK & Europe now Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 5 reasons why Contiki's a great idea Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.