For a small country, Guatemala is bountiful to the curious traveller. Thick jungle covers the majority of its interior, concealing vast Mayan cities like the imposing Tikal, with countless ancient temples and pyramids remaining unexcavated. Journey through the country’s highlands to discover the colonial, pastel-painted city of Antigua, traditional market towns, volcano-encircled Lake Atitlan, delicious food, bona fide hospitality, and rich colours every way you turn. All of Central America’s enchanting assets can be enjoyed in this small, unassuming country that receives only a fraction of the numbers that flock to Mexico’s similarly impressive Mayan ruins and beaches.
Guatemala remains an offbeat destination and has developed slower (and perhaps more consciously) than some of its neighbours. Each region has a few small lodges or guest houses providing comfort to travellers exploring its exciting interior.