The mysterious and captivating world of the Maya are alive today in Guatemala. This mighty civilization lives on in the amazing temples and enchanting ruins that dot the landscape of this lush tropical country.

The magnificent Tikal was once the center of the Mayan world, and is now one of the most important and spellbinding ruins in the region. Spectacular palaces, plazas and monuments stand today, dramatically set against the luxuriant backdrop of the thick and verdant jungle.

Much of the allure of Guatemala lies in its stunning natural beauty. Explore gleaming beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, virgin jungles, active volcanoes, lush rainforests, and Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, with three spectacular volcanoes as a natural backdrop.


Good to Know

  • Under-the-radar gay scene in Guatemala City’s Zona One and in Antigua
  • Generally more conservative of a destination
  • Discretion is advised; exercise caution
  • Current laws do not prohibit discrimination, but Guatemala’s first openly gay official was elected to its Congress in January 2016

Featured Resorts:

Barcelo Guatemala City


Enjoy a privileged setting in the heart of the city, surrounded by restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, and only minutes from La Aurora International Airport, the historical center, handcrafts market and the beautiful city of Antigua Guatemala. The hotel features 385 elegant and well-appointed guestrooms, local and international cuisine served at the buffet and a la carte restaurants, and three bars, including a sports bar, poolside bar and lobby lounge.

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