Friday, 5 July 2019

Stroll around the restored Maya temples of Tikal with Lonely Planet's new Guatemala travel guide

Central America’s most diverse country captivates travelers with its extraordinary landscapes and a civilization-spanning culture that reaches back centuries.

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Stroll around the restored Maya temples of Tikal, brush up on your Spanish in Antigua, hike along the shore of Lago de Atitlán.

Lonely Planet writer Paul Clammer describes why he loves Guatemala. "It's the smallest moments that leave the deepest impression. A friend took me to San Andrés Xecul and showed me a church built on top of an old Maya temple. Next to it, three locals stood at a blackened altar burning incense and reciting prayers in k'iche'. The offerings were to the old Maya gods, and the prayers told the conquistadors, 'we are still here'. And as they finished, crossing themselves and checking their cell phone, they reminded us how Guatemala's culture has deep roots and will always assimilate what it needs to take its people into the future."

Guatemala Top 10

1. Tikal

2. Antigua

3. Chichicastenango

4. Lago de Atitlán

5. Volcanoes

6. Sweet River

7. Quetzaltenango

8. Semue Champey

9. Handicrafts & Textiles

10. Guatemala City

Inside Lonely Planet’s Guatemala Travel Guide:

- Colour maps and images throughout

- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

- Honest review for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - Guatemala Today, History, Guatemalan Way of Life, Maya Heritage, Arts & Architecture, Landscapes & Wildlife

Coverage includes: Guatemala City, Antigua, The Highlands, The Pacific Slope, Central & Eastern Guatemala

Curator: Paul Clammer

Writers: Ray Bartlett, Celeste Brash

Get to the heart of Guatemala and begin your journey now!