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Entertainment

The entertainment activities you can do in Guatemala are shopping, visits to theme parks and nightlife.

  1. In Guatemala City you can enjoy the nightlife in a wide variety of bars and restaurants, you can also walk the Paseo de la Sexta and make your purchases in the following shopping centers: Paseo Cayalá, Galerías La Pradera, Pradera Concepción, Plaza Fontabella , Oakland Mall, Arkadia Shopping Mall, Majadas Eleven, Miraflores Galleries, Portales.
  2. In Antigua Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Petén and Izabal you can enjoy the nightlife, you will find bars and restaurants of different types and also specialized shops where you can make your purchases.
  3. If you like theme parks you can not miss the opportunity to visit Retalhuleu, you will find the largest amusement parks in Central America. In Guatemágica you can find the Xocomil Water Park, Xetulul Amusement Park, Dino Park and Xulik Museum.

Culture

Mayan Worldview

Guatemala is a country rich in culture and lush nature, inviting visitors to discover attractions and an ancestral, mystical and holistic legacy conducive to the enjoyment of the historical, harmonious, spiritual, natural and experience-rich components of the country’s communities.

These experiences blend well with the cheerfulness and hospitality of the people, who preserve the country’s cultural and natural heritage, traditional knowledge and customs, share their lifestyle, and work in harmony.

Guatemala invites the world to become acquainted with the wealth of its culture and its indigenous people, their vision of the Universe, as well as to enjoy its countless microclimates, landscapes, exuberant richness in its flora and fauna, and to hike trails that offer unparalleled adventures.

This is a country full of diverse, traditional, and unconventional activities that are a part of the socio-cultural dynamics of the indigenous populations in major tourist destinations, fostering a perfect relationship between visitors and the destination itself.

Guatemala displays its tourism destinations for the world to enjoy through an unforgettable adventure in this wonderful country that meets all kinds of expectations, that is surprising and unexpected. Sacred Maya ritual sites, museums, archaeological sites, Colonial architecture of the 16th Century, natural reserves, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, local communities and markets make visiting Guatemala an unforgettable experience.

 

Indigenous people

A large part of the Maya culture, one of the most important cultures in the history of Mankind, with an astounding ancestral legacy of monumental constructions, developed and flourished in Guatemala.

The Maya of the present have preserved the legacy of their ancestors, celebrate their culture and live in harmony with other cultures like the Garífuna, the Xinca and the Mestizo, rich in visions of the Universe and in tradition.
• Garífuna people: they arrived in Guatemala over two centuries ago and most of them live in Izabal. They have their own language, their own cuisine, dress and dance, all worthy of admiration.
• Xinca people: this is one of the non-Maya indigenous people from Guatemala with their own vision of the Universe, their own culture, identity and language. The Xinca people currently speak four languages and live in the departments of Jutiapa, Jalapa and Santa Rosa.
• Maya people: Over three thousand years ago, the Maya people left behind an unmatched legacy of great knowledge which is depicted in the great monuments that we see today. Knowledge in the field of textiles, natural medicine, life dynamics, culinary art, and the Universe is all here.

 

Sacred sites

Maya religious ceremonies take place in sacred sites. Whether natural or man-made, these are vital spaces where cosmic energy comes together with human beings who gather here to communicate with their creator, with the universe, and with their ancestors. Permanent linkages are thus created between human life and the environment. The most outstanding sacred sites are:

– Chicabal lagoon – San Martín Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango
– Chicoy Caverns – Purulhá, Baja Verapaz
– Kaj Juyub HIll – Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
– Takaliq A’baj Archaeological park- El Asintal Retalhuleu
– K’umarcaaj sacred site – Quiche
– Belejeb Tzi’ sacred site – Quiche
– Iximche, Tecpán – Chimaltenango
– Kaminal Juyú –Guatemala City
– Mixco Viejo Archaeological Site –Guatemala City
– Quiriguá Archaeological Park – Los Amates, Izabal
– Tikal Archaeological Park– Petén
– Archaeological Site – Ceibal, Petén
– Archaeological Site Ixlu – Petén
– Archaeological Site Ixkun – Petén
– Archaeological Site Uaxantún – Petén
– Yaxhá Archaeological Complex – Petén
– Naj Tunich Caves – Petén
– Archaeological Site – El Mirador, Petén
– Archaeological Site Nakbé – Petén
– Archaeological Site Iximche – Técpan, Chimaltenango
– El Baúl Acropolys – Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla
– Zaculeu Complex – Huehuetenango
– Quiriguá Archaeological Park– Los Amates, Izabal

Cultural destinations

Quetzaltenango is a city located 200 kilometers west of Guatemala City, at 2,333 meters above sea level. It is also known as Xela (pronounced “sheh-lah”) or Xelajú (“sheh-lah-hoo”), its original name in the k’iche’ language, and which means “under the ten ideas or concepts”. The Mexican indigenous warriors that travelled here with the Spanish conquistadors named it Quetzaltenango or Wall of the Quetzals. Of noteworthy historical importance is the fact that, between 1838 and 1840, it was the Capital of the Sixth State of the Highlands of the Federation of the United Provinces of Central America.

XELA is experienced through culture

Quetzaltenango has been known for its commitment to culture and tradition, earning the well-deserved moniker of “Cradle of Culture” at some point in its history. Proof of this is the welcome that Xela gives its visitors with an emblematic monument in each of the main entrances to the city. It was the cradle of great musicians, poets, sculptors, and other artists, who have given a great reputation to Quetzaltenango and Guatemala, such as Efrain Recinos, Rodolfo Galeotti Torres, Jesus Castillo, Rodolfo Robles, Werner Ovalle Lopez, Domingo Bethancourt Mazariegos, Wotzbelí Aguilar and Mariano Valverde among others.

The Historic Center of the city is a genuine expression of neoclassical architecture, in monumental architectural works built with stone extracted from local quarries and buildings that currently house financial, cultural, and government agencies, as well as a wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants and nightlife.

Its colonial layout, stone bridges, monumental and emblematic monuments, such as the Temple to Minerva and cobblestone streets scattered around the city surprise visitors with stories and legends of Xela. A visit to the General Cemetery, rich in architecture and history of the Guatemalan Liberal Period, adds to these stories and legends.

There are several museums and cultural centers in different parts of the city where more can be appreciated and learned about the historical, archaeological, cultural, traditional and artistic wealth of the department. An architectural jewel of the historic center is the Centennial Municipal Theater.

XELA is experienced through mysticism

Spiritual life is of great importance for the people of Quetzaltenango and its suburbs. The clearest examples of the syncretism which exists between the Christian and Maya religions are found in a large number of Maya altars in ceremonial centers near Xela and in the cult to Maya deities such as San Simón in the municipality of Zunil and San Pascual King in Olintepeque.

XELA is experienced through wellness

Quetzaltenango, with a solid network of hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment and all the advantages of an avant-garde city, awaits its visitors with access to a wide range of health services, both of conventional and alternative medicine. Wellness services such as a spa with natural saunas, thermal waters, massage and various therapeutic techniques are available in the city and very close to it.

XELA is experienced through social work

Both the city and its neighboring municipalities offer various options to visit community tourism projects through ecological, agricultural, historical and/or cultural tours. Another opportunity is to do volunteer work in organizations that support vulnerable populations to defend and promote human rights, children, women and youth, and to address issues related to education, housing, health, migration, the environment, and reforestation.

XELA is experienced through learning Spanish

The neutrality of their accent and the professionalism of Spanish language teachers is one of the best reasons to visit Quetzaltenango, in addition to the possibility of enjoying its environment and the cultural wealth that students have access to through full immersion programs. In the city and in the outskirts, there is a large number of official Spanish schools, professional local teachers specialized in medical, legal, and commercial vocabulary, among others. In Xela, two Maya languages, K’iche ‘and Mam, are also spoken and there are schools where these can be learned and practiced.

XELA is experienced through festivities

January first: Procession of the Holy Child organized by the oldest brotherhood in the city.
Movable feast: Holy Week is observed in the oldest neighborhoods of the Historic Center.
Moveable feast: La Rogativa del Agua, celebration of the Mam people that takes place in Chicabal Lagoon, forty days after Holy Thursday.
September 15: Central American Independence Day.
October: Month of the Virgin of the Rosary, Patroness of Quetzaltenango. It is celebrated every weekend of this month in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Los Altos and the main day is October 7th.
First Sunday of the month: Handicraft fair in Central America Park.

XELA is experienced through events

The tourist infrastructure of Quetzaltenango makes it a convenient destination for any type of event. Halls, gardens, hotels, and services that tailor to all the needs and demands of users for events such as weddings, parties, conferences, conventions, workshops, training, etc. make it the ideal option to hold large-scale meetings as it offers first-class halls and services, as well as accommodations to accommodate any event.

The Convention Bureau works to facilitate the planning and logistics of your event in Xela. Its purpose is to link the organizer of the event with available service options and to provide the necessary information needed to choose the best options that will ensure a pleasantly memorable event.

What to see in Xela?

Quetzaltenango is close to everything, so visitors can extend their stay and make this their home base to visit a wide range of destinations that surround the city, and enjoy community tourism or agro-tourism. To the north of the city are the dense coniferous forests of San Francisco la Union with spectacular panoramic views of the Xela Valley. A little further away is the department of San Marcos on one side and the coastal region on the other, and Mexico is just around the corner. Agro-tourism in coffee and other crop farms is available in the municipalities of the coastal regions such as Coatepeque, El Palmar, Flores, Génova and Colomba Costa Cuca, all brimming with natural and historical wealth.

Valle de Almolonga

To the south, the most colorful vegetable gardens of the Americas will whet your appetite. Hidden in a green ravine, Almolonga surprises visitors and invites them to take a bath in its thermal waters. Known as the vegetable garden of the Americas, the landscape is dense with vegetable and flower plantations lovingly nurtured by its fertile soil and hard-working inhabitants.

Cantel

Next to the city of Quetzaltenango is Cantel, a thriving municipality that houses industrial factories and crafts producers. Famous for its blown glass factory and the CHICOVIX tourist center with its natural pools, thermal waters, eco-trails and ziplining, Cantel is also the starting point for trekking to Lake Atitlán.

Colomba Costa Cuca

The lush vegetation and landscape of the coastal region is perfect for agritourist and visiting community farms such as Santa Anita and La Florida. Its economy is based on coffee plantations, trade and some handcrafts. Attractions include the Laguna de la Finca Las Mercedes and the Chukalbal lookout.

Very close to Xela, just a few kilometers away, are the towns of San Andrés Xecul, San Cristóbal Totonicapán, San Francisco El Alto and Momostenango with cultural, architectural and traditional expressions that are worth visiting.

K’umK’um Ecotourism Center

Located in the Municipal Park of Concepción Chiquirichapa, it offers ziplining, with 600-meter cables that connect two mountains for a breathtaking experience.

El Palmar

At the foot of the Santa María Volcano, this municipality offers unparalleled views, tours to community farms such as Loma Linda and Nueva Alianza where you can walk through ecological trails, do bird watching and visit coffee and macadamia plantations. Likewise, there is the Parque Vuelo Extremo (Extreme Flight Park) at the Los Chicharros Farm, located on kilometer 198 of the inter-American highway (CA1) that offers ziplining, mountain biking, trails, camping areas and a restaurant featuring Guatemalan cuisine.

Santiaguito Volcano: (2,500 m.a.s.l.)

It is one of the most accessible active volcanoes in the world; its crater is constantly growing and active, offering a wonderful show to its visitors.

Cerro Quemado: (3,197 m.a.s.l.)

With its awe-inspiring landscape, it is one of the most suitable sites for sports rock climbing in the country. Expressions of Maya mysticism is experienced here.
Santa María Volcano
About 10 kilometers south of the city is the Palajunoj Valley, the main access to Santa María and starting point of a three-hour medium-difficulty hike. Once you reach the top, enjoy the landscape of the highlands, the highest mountain range in Central America, the southern coastal plains, and views of active Santiaguito Volcano.

Chicabal Volcano and Lagoon: (2,900 m.a.s.l.)

Located in the jurisdiction of San Martín Sacatepéquez, a lagoon, named after it, formed in its crater. A very pleasant hike through trails under the shade of the cloud forest makes it easily accessible to visitors. It stands out for its natural wealth and mystical force.

Travelers just need to open their senses to the exquisite beauty of the natural resources and whimsical landscapes that surround Xela. In under an hour, the weather and landscape change, from the pleasant temperatures of the coastal area to the cozy cold of the mountains and volcanoes of the highlands.
Zunil
A K’iche’ people village that can leave a profound impression on its visitors with the imposing view of the volcanoes, its hot springs and its natural saunas, as well as its deep religious syncretism. The colonial-style Catholic Church and the brotherhood of San Simón are in the center of the town. Women wear colorful and striking self-woven and embroidered dress.

Ecological parks

Sija Hill (Cerro Sija)

Located in San Carlos Sija, this hill offers a most pleasant experience for visitors who walk or bike through its trails, in its camping area and family areas.

El Baúl Hill (Cerro El Baúl)

It is the “lung” of the city, and has always been a traditional family recreation center. Extraordinary panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed from the hill.

The Georgian Fountains (Fuentes Gregorianas)

The volcanic soils at the Fuentes Gregorianas produce pools of sulfur water that are naturally heated at different temperatures, within the mystical environment of the cloud forest of Zunil. Its proximity to the city makes it accessible by vehicle or on foot, down a highway that crosses produce fields.

Schools of Spanish

Welcome to Guatemala the land of eternal spring!

Welcome to Guatemala, the Land of Eternal Spring! For a country of only 108,889 square kilometers (42,042 square miles), we have a lot to offer. The official language is Spanish, and there are additionally 22 indigenous languages.
Do you want to learn Spanish, or improve your command of Spanish? Immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture while receiving high quality classes at one of the several Spanish schools located throughout the country. In Guatemala you find the exceptional Maya culture, Colonial and Pre-Columbian architecture, luxurious settings and friendly people ready to help you.
Studying in Guatemala is a good way to learn Spanish in a unique “one-to-one” system; one teacher to one student.

There are other activities that students can engage in during their study tour:

  • Cultural visits
  • Volunteer work
  • Living in the home of Guatemalan families
  • Travelling throughout the country
  • Choose among a broad selection of schools
  • Opportunity to practice Spanish every day

Why Guatemala?

Guatemala has a unique system to help students to learn well: one teacher for one student. This is the system used in all the Spanish language schools through the country..

  • We offer a teaching system that is endorsed by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala.
  • Prices are competitive and affordable
  • Our neutral accent is easy to understand
  • Air connectivity with two international airports: La Aurora and Mundo Maya, with more than 260 direct weekly flights from the United State (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York)
  • Direct flights from Europe (through Madrid, Spain)

Spanish language schools are scattered throughout the country, which offers you many options to choose from. You can choose among:

  • Antigua Guatemala: a historic Colonial City surrounded by volcanoes, close to Guatemala City.
  • Quetzaltenango: a city committed to culture and tradition. It is known as the “Cradle of Culture”.
  • Solola: this study tour will take you to a destination on the shores of Lake Atitlán, a natural wonder where you will live amidst the Maya culture
  • Petén: Located here is Tikal, declared Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO
  • Guatemala City: this tour will take you to the most modern and cosmopolitan City in Central America.
  • Huehuetenango: Travel to a venue with very varied topography, mountains that stand over 4,000 m.a.s.l. high, and a broad variety of flora and fauna.

 

Gallery:

Schools of Spanish:

#
Departament
City
Comercial Name
Address
Phone
E-mail
Website
1ALTA VERAPAZCOBANMUQB’ILB’E SCHOOL6 avenida 5-39 zona 3 (502) 79512459 / 3036 2492muqbilbeav@gmail.comhttp://www.sites.google.com/site/muqbilbespanishschool
2GUATEMALAGUATEMALAINSTITUTO GUATEMALTECO AMERICANORuta 1 4-05 zona 4 (502) 2422 5555ldecontreras@iga.eduhttp://www.iga.edu
3HUEHUETENANGOHUEHUETENANGOXINABAJUL4 avenida 14-14 colonia los encinos planta baja zona 5(502) 7764 6631 / 30761240spanishschoolxinabajul@gmail.comhttp://www.guatemala365.com
4PETENSAN ANDRESECO ESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL SAN ANDRES (502) 7928 8106ecoescuela@guate.net
5PETENSAN ANDRESESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL IXCALABEntre 6a. Calle de la zona 4 y la avenida ixcalab. Brrio noroeste(502) 7823 1902bequita_soza@hotmail.comhttp://www.asisat.org
6PETENSAN JOSEESCUELA ECOLOGICA DE IDIOMA ESPAÑOL BIO ITZA barrio el progreso (502) 7928 8056bioitza@yahoo.com
7QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOCASA DE ESPAÑOL XELAJUCallejon 15 diagonal 13-02 zona 1 (502) 7761 5954luciana@cx.edu.gthttp://www.casaxelaju.com
8QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOCENTRO DE ESTUDIOS LINGUISTICOS, ANTROPOLOGICOS Y SOCIALES MAYA - CELAS MAYA -6a. Calle 14-55 zona 1 (502) 7765 8204 /05celasmaya@gmail.comhttp://www.celasmaya.edu.gt
9QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOEL PORTAL SPANISH SCHOOL11 calle y noveno callejon "a" 11-49 zona 1 (502) 7761 5275 / 5844-6233spanishschoolelportal@gmail.comhttp://www.spanishschoolelportal.com
10QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL "EL MUNDO EN ESPAÑOL"8a. Avenida calle "b" a-61 zona 1 (8502) 7761 3256elmundoxela@gmail.comhttp://www.elmundoenespanol.org
11QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL JUAN SISAY15 avenida 8-38 zona 1 (502) 7765 1318mailbox@juansisay.comhttp://www.sisaispanishschool.org
12QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL KAMALBE14 avenida "a" 4-25 zona 1 (502) 4106 2539 / 4731 4926lacomunidadschool@gmail.comhttp://www.xelaspanish.org
13QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL LA DEMOCRACIA9 calle 15-05 zona 3 (502) 7767 0013info@lademocracia.nethttp://www.lademocracia.net
14QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL LA PAZ2a. Calle callejon 16 2-47 zona 1 (502) 7761-2159 / 4018-2180xela.escuelalapaz@gmail.com
15QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL MIGUEL ANGEL ASTURIAS8 calle 16-23 zona 1 (502) 7765 3707 / 4211 5037administracion@spanishschool.comhttp://www.spanishschool.com
16QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL MIGUEL DE CERVANTES12 avenida, 8-31 zona 1 (502) 7765 5554 / 5688 4694xelacervantes@gmail.comhttp://www.learntospeakspanish.com
http://www.cervantesspanishschool.com
17QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL MINERVA24 avenida 4-39 zona 3 colonia minerva(502) 7767-4427escuelaminerva@hotmail.comhttp://www.minervaspanishschool.com
18QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL PROYECTO LINGUISTICO ESPAÑOL INGLES XEQUIJEL6a. Calle 13-36 zona 1 (502) 7765-8309
19QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL SAKRIBAL6 calle 7-42 zona 1 (502) 7763-0717info@sakribal.comhttp://www.sakribal.com
20QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL SOL LATINODiagonal 12 6-58 zona 1 (502) 7766 9852 / 5861 4976sol-latino-xela@hotmail.comhttp://www.spanishschoolsollatino.com
21QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOGUATEMALENSIS SPANISH SCHOOL19 avenida 2-14 zona 1 7765-1384, 7765-1392gssxela@yahoo.comhttp://www.spanland.com
22QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOINSTITUTO CENTRAL AMERICA19 avenida 1-47 zona 1 (502) 7763 1871ica@guatemalaspanish.comhttp://www.guatemalaspanish.com
23QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOKIE BALAMDiagonal 12 4-46 zona 1 (502) 7761 1636kie_balam@hotmail.com
spanishschoolkiebalam@gmail.com
http://www.kiebalam.com
24QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOPROYECTO LINGUISTICO QUETZALTECO DE ESPAÑOL5a. Calle 2-40 zona 1 (502) 7763 1061 / 7765 2140plq@plqe.org
proyectolinguisticoquetzalteco@gmail.com
http://www.plqe.org
25QUETZALTENANGOQUETZALTENANGOPROYECTO LINGÜISTICO XELAJU1a. Calle 16-87 zona 1
26SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA ANTIGUEÑA DE ENSEÑANZA DEL IDIOMA ESPAÑOL1 calle poniente # 10 (502) 5735 4638antigueno@itelgua.com
mail@spanishcademicantigueno.com
http://www.spanishacademyantiguena.com
27SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA CIENCIA ARTE Y TECNOLOGIA5a. Calle oriente no. 1 san juan del obispo (502) 4564 7898 / 3201 4003soniasicn@gmail.comhttp://www.spanishschoolsanjuan.com
28SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL CONTINENTAL3a. Calle poniente #20-a (502) 7832 1424info@continentalacademy.com.gthttp://www.continentalacademy.com.gt
29SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL CULTURAL SPANISH TRAVELING4a. Calle poniente # 17, interior centro comercial santa maria, 2do nivel(502) 7832 800 / 7832 8954st@spanishtraveling.comhttp://www.spanishtraveling.com
30SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMÍA DE ESPAÑOL GUATEBUENAAvenida del desengaño # 20 (502) 4074 8917
31SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL IXQUIC7a. Avenida norte no. 74-a (502) 7832 2402info@ixquic.edu.gthttp://www.ixquic.edu.gt
32SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL MAYA5a. Calle poniente no. 20 (502) 7832 0656 / 7832 6027registrationclmaya@hotmail.com
Centrolinguisticomaya@gmail.com
http://www.centrolinguisticomaya.com
33SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL MUNDO1a. Calle del chajón #5 (502) 7882 4255info@mundospanishschool.comhttp://www.mundospanishschool.com
34SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAACADEMIA DON PEDRO DE ALVARADO6 avenida norte # 39 (502) 7882 4575 / 5925 2604donpedro77@hotmail.comhttp://www.donpedrospanishschool.com
35SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAALIANZA LINGUISTICA CANOAvenida el desengaño no. 10 calle principal(502) 7832 6422escuelacano@hotmail.comfacebook: spanish school cano
36SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACAMBIO SPANISH SCHOOL4a.calle oriente #28c 301(502) 77260360cambiondg@ninosdeguatemala.orghttp://www.cambiospanishschool.com
http://www.cambiolanguageschool.com
37SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACENTRO DEL LENGUAJE ESPAÑOL6a. Avenida norte 16 "a"7932-1500guatemala@maximonivel.comhttp://www.maximonivel.com
38SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACENTRO EDUCATIVO Y CULTURAL SEVILLAPrimera avenida sur no. 17 "c" (502) 7832 5101reservationsevillaschool@gmail.comhttp://www.sevillantigua.com
39SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACENTRO LINGUISTICO ATABAL1 avenida norte # 6 (502) 7832 1894 / 7832 0791clatabal@gmail.comhttp://www.atabalspanishchool.com
40SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACENTRO LINGUISTICO LA UNION1 avenida sur # 21 (502) 7832 7337 / 7832 7755info@launion.edu.gthttp://www.launion.edu.gt
41SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALACHRISTIAN SPANISH ACADEMY6a. Avenida norte no. 15 (502) 7832 3922 / 7832 3924information@learncsa.comhttp://www.learncsa.com
42SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL COOPERACION7 avenida norte no. 15 "b" (502) 5812 2482escuela_coop@yahoo.comhttp://www.antiguaspanishschoolcooperacion.com
http://www.escuelacoop.net23.net
43SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL IXCHEL9 calle oriente no. 5 entre segunda y tercera avenida7832-3440, 3400-7898office@ixchel.comhttp://www.ixchelschool.com
44SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL JIMENEZLa guardiania pirimer callejon #19(502) 7832 2725 5126 7875jimenezspanishschool@conexion.com.gthttp://www.jimenezspanish-school.com
http://www.jimenezspanish.jimdo.com
45SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL LA ENSEÑANZAAvenida del desengaño # 28 (502) 7832 1973ensenanza@intelnett.com
46SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL PROBIGUA6 avenida norte # 41 b(502) 7832 0860 / 7832 2998info@probigua.orghttp://www.probigua.com
47SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL PROYECTO LINGÜISTICO FRANCISCO MARROQUIN6 avenida norte no. 43 (502) 7832 1422info@spanishschoolplfm.comhttp://www.spanishschoolplfm.com
48SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL TECUN UMAN6 calle poniente # 34 (502) 7832 2792 / 7882-4159mariocastellanosanchez@gmail.com
learn@tecunumanschool.com
http://www.tecunuman.centroamerica.com
49SACATEPEQUEZANTIGUA GUATEMALAZAMORA ACADEMIA ELEMENTAL DE ESPAÑOL9 calle poniente no.7 (502) 7832 7670info@learnspanish-guatemala.comhttp://www.learnspanish-guatemala.com
50SOLOLAPANAJACHELESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL JARDIN DE AMERICAAvenida santander calle 14 de febrero(502) 7762 2637 / 4581 7974jardinschool_05@yahoo.comhttp://www.jardindeamerica.com
http://www.atitlanspanishschool.com
51SOLOLAPANAJACHELJABEL TINAMIT1a. Calle a 3-30 zona 1 (502) 7762 6056info@jabeltinamit.comhttp://www.jabeltinamit.com
52SOLOLASAN MARCOS LA LAGUNASAN MARCOS SPANISH SCHOOLChinimaya barrio tres5715-4604info@sanmarcosspanishschool.com
53SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNACASA ROSARIOSector xetawal conton chuacante (502) 5613 6401 / 5516 7072vicente@casarosario.comhttp://www.casarosario.com
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DESTINATION WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS

Imagine your wedding in Guatemala, Heart of the Maya World, a country full of life, color, magic, breathtaking natural beauty, and mysticism.

The wide range of locations you can choose for your wedding varies from a romantic city declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO to a magnificent garden with views of beautiful Lake Atitlan or views of majestic volcanoes.

Not only will you have a wide selection of unforgettable sites to choose from, but you will also have a variety of activities you can choose for your guests to enjoy. You can have fun with adventure activities such as ziplining, rafting, and climbing volcanoes; or relaxing activities such a golf, sport fishing, bird watching or hiking. Besides these wonderful advantages, the best part of getting married in Guatemala is the experience of having a more glamorous wedding at the best price. You will have everything taken care of, more sophistication, and plenty of unforgettable moments.

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Accessibility and convenience

Guatemala is located in Central America, with direct flights from major U.S. cities to its two international airports: La Aurora, in Guatemala City, and Mundo Maya in the Department of Petén. If your guests are already flying from other states to get to your wedding or you have planned to fly to your honeymoon destination, why not fly them to a nearby exotic country?

Another advantage is that American or European citizens do not need visa, therefore, visitors can enter the country hassle-free. In Guatemala you will find the best hotels in Central America, from international hotel chains to ecological and romantic boutique hotels.

Culture

Most of the Maya culture developed in Guatemala, making it home to one of the greatest cultures of humanity with an amazing ancestral legacy and great constructions. Present-day Maya preserve the legacy of their ancestors, celebrate their culture and coexist with others like the Garifuna, Xinca and Mestizo, rich in worldview and tradition.

The favorite wedding destinations are:

  1. Antigua Guatemala: The gem that is the charming city of Antigua Guatemala, main icon of colonial Hispanic heritage, is only forty-five minutes from Guatemala City. Its spectacular volcano views, cobblestone streets and ancestral buildings built in 1543, create a scene where cultural and religious traditions emerge.

Couples can choose between churches, gardens or colonial ruins for their wedding ceremony. Newlyweds can stay in beautiful colonial hotels full of history and romance. This city was declared World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

  1. Guatemala City: It is the ideal venue to have a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception in an elegant ballroom in one of our five-star hotels. You can also celebrate your wedding in one of many venues that have been created, usually in beautiful gardens, around the city.
  2. Lake Atitlan: Lake Atitlan was called “the most magnificent spectacle we have seen” by John L. Stephens, a 19th Century explorer/ writer. With the impressive landscape of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes and lush nature you will have the wedding or honeymoon of your dreams.
  3. Pacific Coast: Volcanic sand beaches can be the exotic setting of a non-traditional beach wedding. A romantic experience is enhanced by incredible sunsets, wildlife and water sports.

Our services

The best professionals with years of experience that provide excellent service will make your wedding unique. You can find a wide range of suppliers that specialize in wedding planning, and will give you exactly what you need:

  • Wedding planners
  • Travel agencies and tour operators
  • Food and beverage
  • Photographers
  • Decorators
  • Florists
  • Musicians
  • DJs
  • Professional make-up artists and stylists
  • Transportation specialists

Greater detail and elegance for less!

The low cost of planning your wedding in Guatemala is an advantage that will allow you to have finer details in your ceremony and enjoy more quality time with your guests, in the activities before and after the ceremony.

A honeymoon in Guatemala can also be tailored to your budget. You can enjoy boutique hotels, exquisite Guatemalan cuisine and entertainment activities without breaking the bank.

Wide Variety of Activities

During your wedding or honeymoon you can enjoy a wide variety of activities.
– Golf: There are six golf courses with incredible views of the different volcanoes in the country.
– Sport fishing: Guatemala is considered one of the world’s best sport-fishing destinations for sailfish and marlin.

– Adventure: Ziplining, rafting, surfing, bird watching and climbing volcanoes.

– Historical walks: The legends of some of the world’s most fascinating cultures originated here. Visit and enjoy captivating archaeological sites surrounded by jungle.

– Colonial tourism: You can learn about the colonial Hispanic heritage and the experiences of the Maya, Xinca, and Garifuna people.

Guatemala is the Heart of the Maya World; a living, magical, mystical, and ancestral country. Its history goes back four thousand years, when the Maya Civilization emerged, and its legacy lives on today in its traditions and culture.

  1. It has three sites declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO: Tikal National Park, the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quiriguá, and the city of Antigua Guatemala.
  2. It is a unique, unforgettable country, full of adventures between its past and present, and offers visitors a wide range of activities.
  3. The colorful crafts markets and regional dress, the hospitality of its people, the beauty of the natural landscapes framed by volcanoes, lakes, rivers, and mountains, all make Guatemala memorable to those who visit it.

Guatemala is known as the country of “eternal spring”. Lacking extreme temperatures, a warm climate is guaranteed throughout the year. Its average temperature is 22C° (70F°).


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Religious Tourism

Religious tourism in Guatemala is one of the richest experiences for foreign visitors and can be enjoyed throughout the country. In addition, its rich history envelops visitors in a unique, mystical atmosphere.

You can participate in pilgrimages for Christians, such as the pilgrimage to visit Hermano Pedro de Bethancourt who was a Religious of the days of the Colony and who was canonized in 2002.

Holy Week in Guatemala is an awe-inspiring mix of symbols, sounds and aromas. Colorful carpets made of dyed sawdust, flowers, foliage and grains, perfumed by the smell of incense in the air, mark the way of the traditional processions of the season in cities and towns. Holy Week has become one of the tourist and religious attractions that are most memorable and sought-out by tourists from around the world, many of whom come year after year to participate in the religious liturgies or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds.

Religion in Guatemala has over 400-year-old traditions and pilgrimages that follow different paths. Central Americans and Mexicans participate in many of these pilgrimages in Guatemala.

Esquipulas is an emblematic city in religion and for religious tourism. It welcomes approximately 3 million visitors yearly. Every year, a record 32 traditional national and foreign pilgrimages to Esquipulas are organized. The Basilica of Esquipulas Cathedral is home to the Black Christ of Esquipulas, a wooden image termed “black” because, over the course of 400 years of veneration, its wood has acquired a dark coloring.

Visits to basilicas or sanctuaries are popular in departments such as Chiquimula, Alta Verapaz, Quetzaltenango and Antigua Guatemala. These visits, surrounded by an aura of mysticism, offer history, architecture and colonial beauty.

Three celebrations attract foreign pilgrims particularly:

  • Novena to the Lord of Esquipulas in January, with pilgrimages from all throughout Mesoamerica.
  • Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala, one of the most solemn and largest religious events of the Christian world and which is particularly relevant in Antigua. The liturgy is further enhanced with the colorful sawdust carpets that the processions walk over, and the city offers cuisine, history, and architecture.
  • In October, the month of the Holy Rosary of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Rosary in the Church of Santo Domingo in Guatemala City, pilgrims come from different parts of the country.

Pilgrimage paths

  • Santo Hermano Pedro

This is a journey of spiritual and mystical reflection, which represents the places where Holy Hermano Pedro of San José de Betancourt worked and tended to destitute and abandoned people, to whom he dedicated his whole life. The Pilgrim’s Path in Antigua Guatemala depicts his journey. Hermano Pedro requested prayers at night in the streets of Santiago de Guatemala, in favor of the souls of purgatory, while he rang a bell and repeated the famous refrain: “Remember brethren, we have but one soul, and if we lose it … we shall not recover it “.

  • The looms of Pedro Armengol

This was the first place where Holy Hermano Pedro worked. He entered the trade of rustic cloth-and fabric-making, working as a weaver, sharing his life with almost 400 men who did forced labor from the prisons of the city. Here he began evangelizing, through example, by teaching the devotional prayers and the Holy Rosary with love, urging his fellow weavers to rectify their mistakes and lead a proper life. The looms suffered considerable damage during the earthquake of 1,773. The site is approximately 1-kilometer (0.6 mile) East of Antigua Guatemala, on National Road 10. It’s located on private property and is closed to the public.

  • Monument to Hermano Pedro and the Matasanos Bridge

The old arch supported a bridge that crossed the Río Pensativo upon entering the city. The monument recalls the site of the original bridge, which was demolished in the mid-twentieth century. On February 18, 1651, Holy Hermano Pedro crossed the bridge and, kneeling, kissed the ground and said “here I shall live and die”. At that moment the earth shook and an earthquake struck. He thought it was because of him, a great sinner coming to the city. The monument marks the place where this narrative happened. Currently this place is on the public road and there is a sculpture in his memory and a tree of esquisúchil (scientific name Bourreria huanita).

  • Real de Santiago Hospital

Founded by the first bishop of Guatemala, Monsignor Francisco Marroquín, circa 1553, to tend to Spaniards and mulattoes under the care of the religious of San Juan de Dios. Here, Hermano Pedro took shelter to recover after walking the road between Puerto Trujillo in Honduras and Santiago de Guatemala. The building was severely damaged by the earthquakes of 1773, and was later abandoned. It was here that Holy Hermano Pedro learned in the school of life to be charitable, as he saw the suffering of many who received no aid during the time he was sick in this hospital. It’s located on private property and is closed to the public.

  • Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Holy Hermano Pedro prayed in this church before the Blessed Sacrament, mainly at nighttime. It is said that the Priest in charge of the Church provided him with the key to the door to go in whenever he finished with his charity work. On Holy Thursday, Holy Hermano Pedro participated in the Procession of Penitents at midnight, dressed as a Nazarene and carrying a cross on his back. Currently, the Church of La Merced is visited by the devout faithful. Church Visits: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. Free access.

  • Church and Convent of Compañía de Jesús (Ibero-American Training Center, Spanish Cooperation)

In 1625, the fourth College ran under the name of Colegio de San Lucas, granting academic degrees in Theology and Philosophy. Hermano Pedro entered the school with the intention of becoming a priest, but dropped out as he had trouble learning Latin and was unable to obtain his identification documents.

Father Manuel Lobo, a Jesuit priest, was confessor, spiritual guide and executor of the Hermano Pedro will. The mural painting of the Church is considered the largest in the Old Kingdom of Guatemala. Currently, the Ibero-American Training Center and the Workshop School for Workers, both from the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation, operate here.

Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Plaza Mayor

Three esquisúchil trees were planted to honor Holy Hermano Pedro at the Main Plaza. This tree is commonly referred to as “Hermano Pedro’s tree”.

  • Palacio del Noble Ayuntamiento (Palace of the Noble City Council)

The current building was inaugurated in November 1743, on the same site where the previous City Hall buildings had been located. On April 7, 1799, it became the seat of the municipality of Antigua Guatemala.

The Main Hall of the Municipality is on the upper floor of the building, displaying the chairs and table used by the Municipal Corporation during regular sessions and ceremonial events. The chair used by the Mayor has a carved back with a commemorative inscription to Holy Hermano Pedro that exalts his life, virtues, and works. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • San José Cathedral

The Cathedral is witness to the expressions of fervor of Holy Hermano Pedro to the Blessed Sacrament during the procession of the Octave of Corpus Christi, which crowned the Main Plaza. His cloak hung from a flag that was tied to a pole, as he danced and recited couplets in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. Free admission to the Cathedral: Monday to Sunday from 08:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Paid entrance to the Ruins.

  • Calle de los Pasos

It runs from North to South from the San Francisco El Grande Church to the Ermita del Santo Calvario. There are 10 chapels that mark the stations of the Way of the Cross, according to the Franciscan tradition. At 1,322 steps, it is the same distance traveled by Jesus with the cross on Good Friday, from the Praetorium to Calvary.

Holy Hermano Pedro had great devotion to the Passion of Jesus. As penance on Friday nights, he dressed as a Nazarene and, carrying a heavy cross on his shoulders, performed his own Way of the Cross along Calle de la Amargura – now Calle de los Pasos – where he meditated on the Mystery of Redemption. The site is on the public road.

  • Escuela de Cristo Church

Father Bernardino de Ovando, Holy Hermano Pedro’s spiritual guide, lived here.

When Hermano Pedro died on April 25, 1,667, many people wanted to pay their respect but since the nursing room of the Casa de Belen was very small, Bishop Payo de Rivera decided it would be better to hold the wake at the Church of the School of Christ. The next day the procession went out through Calle de los Pasos to the San Francisco El Grande Church to hold mass and to bury him in accordance with his will.

At present the School of Christ is the seat of the Parish of Our Lady of the Remedies. In its square there is an esquisúchil tree that was planted there in 1994.

Hours: Daily 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Free entrance.

  • Santo Calvario Hermitage

Built at the southern end of the Calle de los Pasos by the Third Order of the Franciscans in the mid-seventeenth century. Holy Hermano Pedro live here during the most decisive stage of his life, when he discovered the real reason why God had brought him to Guatemala. He recovered his joy and his apostolic and charitable zeal. Holy Hermano Pedro participated actively, as supervisor and promoter of the Work, with good will and humility.

In 1657 Pedro de la Rosa concluded the sculpture of Christ for the Hermitage. The people call it “El Cristo del Hermano Pedro”. On March 19 of that year, Holy Hermano Pedro planted the Esquisúchil tree in its garden.

Hours: Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesday.

  • Hospital and Temple of Nuestra Señora de Belén

The first hospital for convalescents of Latin America was founded in this place, as well as the first early education school, for poor children and adults. The site where Holy Hermano Pedro lavished love and care for the sick and the destitute who came to him in search of respite.

The old Plazuela de Belén is located to the west, where the Plaza a la Paz and the monument to Holy Hermano Pedro were later built, with a plaque containing the prayer of San Francisco de Assis.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Saturday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

  • Beaterio o beatas de Belén

The Bethlemite Sisters settled in this Church of the Blessed Nuns of Bethlehem. The facade of the church boasts a sculpture of Holy Hermano Pedro in an attitude of devotion to the birth of Jesus.

  • Church and Convento of San Francisco el Grande

The tomb of Holy Hermano Pedro is inside the church. Today, it is a pilgrimage site; people come to thank him for favors received or to ask for his intervention.

South of the temple you can see the Franciscan Museum of Holy Hermano Pedro. It consists of three rooms: the colonial room, the hall of miracles and the room of the Holy Hermano Pedro. The first one contains vestiges of the splendor of the Franciscan church, the second one has the offerings that the faithful have dedicated to him, and the third one houses the relics, and the portrait painted by Antonio Montúfar, considered the oldest and the one that most resembles him.

Hours: Museum and Colonial Monument: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

An entrance fee is charged at the museum.

  • Social Work of Hermano Pedro

At present, the Social Works occupy the San Pedro Apóstol old hospital for the clergy. Here, Holy Hermano Pedro visited the clergy who were in poor health. The Social Works are managed by the Order of the Franciscan Friars. Medical assistance, educational, spiritual, religious, moral and social education for low-income patients is offered. For this reason, today it is the heart of evangelical inspiration of the faith.

Hours of service for visits:

From Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Visits by appointment only.

  • Road of Santo Peregrino

With a tradition of over 400 years, pilgrims have arrived from different geographies of Mesoamerica in the Religious Destination of Esquipulas through different routes and in various means of transportation. Since the 1970s, the most traditional and widely used are the highways to the Atlantic, specifically CA-9 and CA-10.

Annually, an average of 1.2 million pilgrims worship in the Camarín del Santo Cristo in the Basilica, and an estimated 3 million annual visitors enjoy the city of Esquipulas in general, 32 traditional national and foreign pilgrimages take place, an estimated 60% of whom use highways CA-9 and CA-10 from traditional points of origin and from different cities in Guatemala, as well as from the neighboring countries of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador throughout the year.

The daily movement of tourists, locals, and goods circulating to or from the borders of El Florido, Agua Caliente and La Ermita as well trade coming from different regions in Guatemala through the Verapaces, the Guatemalan Caribbean, Petén, the rest of the East and Guatemala City, and all the movement coming from the western and southern regions of the country makes these regions bustling centers of trade and religion, co-mingled with tradition and mysticism.

The Pilgrim’s Holy Route crosses 13 municipalities along highways CA-9 and CA-10, linking 3 departments of the Mystical and Natural Eastern Region, namely El Progreso, Zacapa and Chiquimula.

  • The Path of the Bak´tunes

Ceibal, located in the tropical rainforest south of Peten and on the banks of the Río de la Pasión, is one of the most important and largest cities in the region. Very well preserved temples and stelae are still standing at this site.

To get to the park you can take a bus or a boat trip on the La Pasión River, which is ideal for enjoying the peaceful Petén jungle. In addition, you can see fauna like crocodiles, turtles, herons and hawks. Once at the site you will find pyramids, ceremonial temples, homes and an astronomical observation complex; all of this is surrounded by the song of the birds, howler monkeys and the exuberant tropical forest.

In addition, in Ceibal there are five stelae that commemorate the end of 9 Bak’tun and the beginning of 10 Bak’tun. This is one of the main attractions at the site, the finest and best preserved from the Late Classic period. They are located in the main square of the site, in a pyramidal temple.

  • Tikal National Park

Declared Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979, Tikal National Park houses the remains of the largest and most important city in the pre-hispanic history of the Maya, as well as 550 square kilometers of exuberant tropical forest, home to a great diversity of species of flora and fauna.

The Tikal National Park is located in the north of Guatemala, in the department of Petén, 495 km from Guatemala City and only 64 km from the City of Flores, Petén.

  • Uaxactún Archaeological Park

The Uaxactun Archaeological Park is located near Tikal, in the department of Petén, and is surrounded by 47 hectares of tropical jungle in the Maya Lowlands. In addition to its unparalleled natural beauty, Uaxactún was an important center for the development of monumental art during the Pre-Classic period. The great importance of this city is reflected in its monumental art, a fact evident in the largest masks ever found in the Maya territory.

Currently, the Astronomy Observation Complex of Uaxactun continues to have great importance for the ceremonies performed by the Maya people. The equinox and solstice is still celebrated here every year during the Festival of Uaxactún.

  • Yaxhá – Nakum – Naranjo National Park

The Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park is an extensive park where four Maya cities are located: Yaxha, Nakum, Naranjo and Topoxte Island. It is also a wetland of global importance and habitat to a great variety of migratory birds.

The ancient Maya city of Yaxha is located on the banks of the Yaxha and Sacnab lagoons, and offers an incomparable landscape. This city reached the height of its development during the Early Classic Period, holding an important role in the Maya World for over 1500 years.

In Yaxha you can see architectural sets that mark the solar cycle (the solstice and equinox). There is also a complex of twin pyramids, similar to the one found in Tikal, which were used to celebrate the cycles called K’atun of the long-count Maya calendar.

The cities in this park are still of great importance and are widely visited by different Maya groups to perform religious ceremonies.

  • El Mirador

El Mirador is a spectacular site with a fabulous diversity of natural resources, and is home to the largest Maya pyramid in the world. The Maya who lived in El Mirador developed writing, astronomy, mathematics, and agriculture, systems, among others, making them a very sophisticated culture a thousand years earlier than previously thought.

Among the temples and monuments in this site is the highest pyramid of the Maya World, La Danta Pyramid. In addition, astronomical observatories and triadic groups have been discovered, which have a main pyramid and two small ones that symbolize creation, according to Maya mythology.

  • Takalik Abaj Archaeological Park

Located in the municipality of Retalhuleu, among the slopes of volcanoes and mountains in the Pacific, this site stands out as much for its natural beauty as for its archeology and history.

Tak’alik Ab’aj played a very important role in trade of the region before being dominated by the K’iche’s during the Post-Classic Period. In its monuments, representations of the Olmec culture and trends of the beginning of the Maya style traditions can be seen. The origins of the Maya calendar and its relationship with astronomy are also evident.

Tak’alik Ab’aj remains a ceremonial site of great importance for the Mam and K’iche’s, who still come to the site to perform ceremonies to bless their crops and families.

  • Iximche Archaeological Park

This archaeological park is considered sacred for the Kaqchiqueles of the Guatemalan highlands. It is known as a place of Maya pilgrimage and rituals. Iximche is located in the municipality of Tecpán, in Chimaltenango, 40 km from its capital, 56 km from Antigua Guatemala and 91 km from the capital city, Guatemala City.

  • Kaminal Juyú Archaeological Park

The archaeological site of Kaminal Juyu is located in Guatemala City. This was a very important trade center for the Mesoamerican region from the Pre-Classic to the Post Classic periods. Although much of the old K’iche’ city has been destroyed by the urbanization of modern Guatemala City, you can still find part of this site in zone 7 of the capital.

  • Quiriguá Archaeological Park

Quiriguá is not only recognized for having the largest and best conserved stelae in the Maya world, but it also houses a great diversity of species typical of the rainforest north of the Motagua River. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981 for its natural and cultural importance.

In the Quiriguá ball game plaza there is a zoomorphic piece that narrates how the city was founded under the supervision of the founder of Copán, ‘Mo’ Kinch Yaks Kruk.

Mayatrek

The Maya Trek is a journey that combines adventure, nature, culture and archeology. It takes place entirely in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the Maya Jungle – the largest protected area in Guatemala that occupies 19% of the country. This area, combined with the protected areas of southern Mexico and Belize, are the largest stretch of tropical forest in the Americas, north of the Amazon.

Mayatrek

Gastronomy Tourism

In Guatemala, Heart of the Maya World, the wonderful climate is favorable for different activities throughout the year. Its fertile land offers all the benefits for cultivating countless products such as fruits, vegetables and spices commonly used in the preparation of various dishes that are a blend of Maya, Spanish and contemporary cuisines. This makes Guatemala a destination that offers a unique wealth of food and drinks to the international market, as the country has one of the richest cuisines in the continent.

Historical data shows that, before the XV Century, the Maya made stews from legumes and venison, or rabbit and domestic birds’ meat. It is also known that they drank a hot drink in the morning and a cold one during the rest of the day. The coming of the Spaniards further enriched their gastronomy through the blend of flavors and aromas.

Why is Guatemalan gastronomy valuable?

Thinking about Guatemalan cuisine brings to mind an incredible variety of aromas, combinations, colors, textures and flavors. This wealth in diversity greatly contributes to its gastronomy. One of the greatest delights comes with starting a meal with a hot soup, which complements any of the many delectable dishes made with locally-available herbs.

Spices and fresh or dried fruits are also combined to make hot or cold drinks, as well as many spirits and some of the best rums in the world: the perfect complement to our dishes! Guatemala is also the source of one of the most delicious and globally sought-after beverages, coffee, considered to be one of the best in international markets.

Guatemala offers a variety of regional dishes, beverages and seasonings, contributing to the diversity of flavors and the stories behind them. Some dishes, such as broth or soups, stews, salads, small or large tamales, sweets and desserts, and seafood are seasonal or prepared only for certain celebrations during different times of the year.

Products and region

Guatemalans enjoy certain dishes daily, but several others are specific to certain regions. For example, the “Tapado” is a dish from Izabal; “Kak’ik” is served in several regions but originated in Alta Verapaz.

These are some of the delectable dishes enjoyed in different regions or departments:

  • Guatemala: Atol de Elote (gruel made of corn), Chipilín tamales, beef stew, rice with chicken, beans and tamales.
  • Sacatepéquez: Red tamales, Head of Pig stew or “revolcado”, hilachas (pulled beef), Pepián (a spicy meat stew), hen broth, Molletes (bread dessert in syrup), Mole (plantains in a chocolate-chili sauce) and stuffed peppers.
  • Chimaltenango: Güisquil chilaquilas and smoked ham.
  • Petén: Bollitos, Palmito de Ternera and escabeche de pescado (pickled fish).
  • Cobán, Alta Verapaz: Cobán-style tamale, chirmol (sour sauce consisting mainly of roasted tomatoes, onions and lime juice) and Kak’ik.
  • Izabal: Sweet potato and coconut bread, tapas and flour tortilla.
  • Escuintla: Seafood Broth, Stuffed Chilies, Duck Broth and Turtle Soup.
  • Quetzaltenango: Potato tamales (paches), Sweet Tamales, Chuchitos (small tamales), Fruit Broth, Chicken with Green Jocón sauce, Buñuelos (fried dough balls in syrup).

Four Guatemalan dishes have been declared Cultural Heritage of the Country, due to their four-centuries’ long history and their fusion of ingredients that originated in pre-Columbian Guatemala, mixed with Spanish-Arabic ingredients brought by Europeans to the new world. These dishes are:

  • Hen meat Jocón
  • Kaq´ík
  • Pepián
  • Plantain mole

These dishes reflect a festive national culinary tradition, where corn is a staple that has a cultural meaning inherited from the Maya Civilization. Also, each destination has a hallmark dish that uses unique spices.

GUATEMALA, MODERN AND COLONIAL

Guatemala

In this region we can see how modernity mixes with history, as Antigua Guatemala is an open-air museum and is architecturally beautiful.

Main square of the Constitution

It is the heart of the city’s historic quarter. It was remodelled following the earthquake of 1976, having built an underground park and conserving the Parque Centenario. It is currently a meeting point for families and friends, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. It is surrounded by important monuments and buildings such as: The National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Commerce Portal and the Centennial Park. A short distance away is the National Library, the newspaper archive and the General Archive of Central America.

Metropolitan Cathedral

It was built between 1779 and 1815 and houses many artistic treasures that were originally found in the Cathedral of ancient Guatemala, has suffered the onslaught of three earthquakes, 1830, 1917 and 1976.

It is important to observe the altars that are on both sides of the central nave, which still retain many of the images of saints, relics of the churches of ancient Guatemala when the city was moved. The altars contrast with the austerity of the construction in general.

On one side is the archiepiscopal palace, home to the highest hierarchy where several church offices are currently operating.

Miguel Ángel Asturias Cultural Center

This cultural complex, designed by the engineer and artist Ephraim Recinos, is located in the Civic center of the city, built on the space that once occupied the fort of San Jose.

Also known as the National Theatre. One of the attractions of the building is its shape, as it emulates a boat, which makes it stand out over the surrounding buildings. It consists of the Grand Theatre with 2.068 armchairs, chamber theatre, open-air theatre, squares, rehearsal rooms, workshops and conference rooms, as well as a museum of ancient weapons. Shows of various kinds are presented in different theatres to international conventions.

On the façade, it is said that the engineer and artist Ephraim Recinos captured different forms of animals, objects and nature of Guatemala, which has fascinated several architects and people, who say they find tenths of figures in the surroundings of the facade.

La Aurora National Zoo

It’s located two from the airport. It occupies an area of 17 blocks of green areas and rest.

In the center there is a banquet hall, known as the Tea House, which was built in the 1920s, French style, and Italian marble statues to the front.

In the area of mammals, there are original Mayan stelae. In the African Savannah, Asian and tropical forest there are about 70 species of animals (700 animals) Some in danger of extinction, in open spaces, separated from the public by a moat and with a representative design of their animal. Most are tropical species of both animals and plants. It’s a delight for photographers and nature lovers. Address: Boulevard Juan Pablo II, Zona 13. Finca Nacional La Aurora. Timetable: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs.

The zoo in addition to being a tourist attraction within the city of Guatemala, helps to the conservation and research of species, since together with the Latin American Association of Zoos and Aquariums, it has the program of the Humboldt penguins, the Which they seek to reproduce and then re-introduce them into their natural habitat in Peru and Chile.

Kaminaljuyu Archaeological Park

This site was the great metropolis of the Altiplano, located in zone 7 of Capital City, Its occupation extends from the Preclassic to the beginnings of the Postclassic.

In the past, it had more than 250 structures that survive around 30 days. The preserved area is referred to as the basin, its former Acropolis, while other mounds survive the destruction in isolation.

The occupation of the site dates from the beginning of the pre-classic and to the Middle Preclassic. The ceramics of this place were exported to almost all regions of the Altiplano and to the south.
In this area we can find the snake mound, which was an extensive high irrigation channel that reached 5 kilometers long, being the most extensive system in Mesoamerica.
In the park we can see some structures discovered and covered, however the vast majority are still buried.

La Antigua Guatemala

It is located 45 kms from Guatemala city. It was the third capital established by the Spaniards. It was named city of Santiago of the Knights of Guatemala in 1566. After plagues, earthquakes and floods, the telluric movement of 1773 ended up destroying it definitively.

Despite having been a outlawed and abandoned city to create a new capital, gradually its inhabitants returned to give life and today is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Guatemala.

It is a jewel of urbanism and colonial architecture, which retains its characteristics, as if in them time had stopped. Due to its immense historical and cultural value, it was declared “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1979.

In the heart of the city, is located the main square within this traditional grilled path so used in the Spanish urban development in the time of the colony. The central square is surrounded by different monuments such as: The Palace of the general captains, the town hall, the church of San José formerly the Cathedral of Guatemala, the archiepiscopal Palace and the Commerce Portal.

In the center of the square, you will find the iconic fountain of the Sirens. The Earl of La Gomera, built it in memory of the popular legend about a king whose daughters gave birth and did not want to breastfeed their little children, so he sent to be tied to a stick in the middle of a water eye , where they died of thirst and starvation. In the fountain, the four sirens hold their breasts in their hands, which provided water to the city. It was built in 1739 by Diego de Porres and has been constituted in one of the symbols that identify the old colonial city.

La Merced Church and Convent

The façade of this church is without doubt the best example of the Baroque style that prevailed in the antique constructions. The delicate work in ataurique (technique of relief in plaster with vegetal motifs), is a sample of the architectural quality that reached the city.

The spectacular fountain of the convent, is the largest sample of those still left in ancient Guatemala, was built during the eighteenth century and was partially restored in 1944.

Another treasure of the Iglesaia de la Merced is the venerable image of Jesus Nazareno, which is a splendid example of colonial images.

San José Cathedral

This building was built between 1543 and 1680, with a façade of elaborate baroque style, altarpiece type, where the imagery and ataurique predominate.

It was one of the most important churches in Latin America at the time, however when the city moved the new Guatemala of the assumption, lost its degree of cathedral and became a parish, but until today is still called Cathedral by tradition.

On the facade you can see high-relief sculptures representing the Twelve Apostles and four fathers of the church.

Church of San Francisco el Grande

It was built in the middle of the 16th century. Surrounded by a wall with battlements, its west façade is notable for its beautiful padded spiral columns. Once in the atrium, you can see the main façade of the temple showing 12 niches.

In the interior, which is accessed by a side door, are preserved beautiful baroque altarpieces with mixtilíneas figures, all rolled in gold, as well as the chapel that preserves the body of the Holy Brother Pedro de San José de Betancur, who enjoys the devotion of Many Catholics from Guatemala and Central America.

In the church is the Museum of the Holy Brother Peter, where are exhibited relics, clothing and objects he used.

Central Market

It is located in the back of the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the basement of the Plaza del Sanctum. There you can buy a variety of handicrafts that are produced throughout the country, such as ceramics, textiles, leather, wood, silverware, tinplate, etc., as well as producing basic consumption.
Open every day from 6:00 to 18:00 hrs. Craft shops from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Handicrafts Market

It is located on the Boulevard Juan Pablo II, which leads to the international Airport La Aurora, in zone 13 of the city of Guatemala. It has 51 commercial premises in which it is exhibited and sells a range of handicrafts elaborated in the different departments of the country as: textiles of different regions, leather, wood, ceramics, candles, paintings, antiques, jewellery in silver and jade, basketry and Clothing. The market also has artisan workshops, temporary exhibitions of handicrafts, special events, landscaped areas, public parking and security.

Water volcano

Etymology: Hunahpú, which means bouquet of flowers. Great warrior or Cervatanero. Located between the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepéquez and Guatemala. Its peak is at 3.766 M.A.S.L. located in the municipality of Santa María de Jesús, about 9 kilometers from Antigua Guatemala.

The volcano is a symmetrical cone of great beauty, covered by vegetation to its peak. This has not been active in historical times, still being the subject of discussion the currents of mud that on the night of September 1541, went down the slopes of the volcano and that joined an earthquake destroyed the second capital of Guatemala.

Ciudad Vieja

This town is nestled among volcanoes, also surrounded by hills and mountains. This locality was capital of the kingdom for 14 years, during this period it suffered havoc because of the floods coming from the water volcano.

Bordering the east with Antigua Guatemala and Santa María de Jesús Sacatepéquez; To the north with San Antonio Aguas Calientes and we have Chimaltenango; To the south with Palín and Escuintla Department of Escuintla; And to the west with San Miguel dueñas and San Juan Alotenango Sacatepéquez.
Among the recommended sites to visit are the Church of Our Lady of Concepción, Aldea San Miguel Escobar and the Museum of memory of the volcano.

Museum of Colonial Art

It is located in the building that was home to the University of San Carlos de Borromeo, founded by the royal Certificate of Charles II on January 31, 1767 and was constituted the third oldest in America. It exhibits artistic treasures from the Colonial period, including an excellent painting by Pedro de Alvarado, conqueror of Guatemala. Timetable: Every day from 9:00 to 12:00 hrs. And from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Miraflores Museum

In this museum we can find archaeology and art exhibitions of the Mayan culture, especially the ancient Mayan city of Kaminaljuyu.
It is located in the mall Miraflores where they serve from Mars to Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00 hours

Popol Vuh Museum of the UFM

In this museum we can find pre-Columbian and colonial archaeology. We can appreciate different collections of art, such as Preshispánico, colonial and folklore.
This museum is located on the Campus of the Francisco Marroquín University.

Ixchel Museum of the indigenous costume

In this museum we can find topics of anthropology and textile tradition, through collections of regional costumes of the different indigenous populations of the country. In this museum we can find sales of ceramics, handicrafts and books.
The museum is within the university campus of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

Railway Museum

Open exhibition of locomotives and wagons, main hall with exhibition of railway articles, history of the railroad and its importance in the development of Guatemala.
The museum is located in Zone 1.

Ceramic

Ceramics in ancient Guatemala can be divided into glazed majolica and painted.

The glaze was introduced in Spain by the Spanish-Moorish potters of Cordoba, Sevilla, Murcia and Mallorca. When discovering the art of Majolica, which covers the highlands of Guatemala, is introduced.

The ceramics were used by the Spaniards and Creoles but not by the ethnic groups, their colors were green, orange and blue on the white. Currently, Antigua Guatemala is the main producer of Majolica, using as material the clay of El Tejar and white sand of the place.

      


 


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Guatemala City, center of trade, religious, and cultural activities: this metropolis presents an array of contrasts between Colonial architecture interspersed with modern buildings and important museums and historical monuments that offer visitors a unique experience. Its infrastructure, tour destinations and services, and modern shopping centers have made it a regional hub for congresses, conventions and shopping.

Guatemala City is the ideal destination for meetings in Central America. It has a privileged geographic position and wide range of hotels, great infrastructure and proven experience in the organization of congresses, conventions and incentive trips.

Guatemala has various convention centers in hotels, plus the COPEREX fairground, which offers up to 21,658 square meters for events in 14 different halls.

La Aurora International Airport, the most modern in Central America, operates flights that provide broad and fast connectivity with major cities in the world.

The country’s road infrastructure gives meeting delegates the ability to move easily from one place to another and enjoy complementary activities and tourist attractions such as golf courses or the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, among others. Our sea ports are ready to welcome cruise ships from the world.

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The capital offers convention delegates modern shopping malls and the Historical Center with century’s old buildings and churches. In the heart of the city is the Zona Viva, an area with 5-star hotels and exclusive restaurants. The pleasant climate of the country favors all types of activities and events at any time of the year.

Guatemala has hosted important international events, it has meeting halls, theaters, museums, squares, event venues, convention centers in hotels, as well as international hotel chains. A broad variety of restaurants, suppliers who specialize in event services, professional Congress, conventions and incentive tour operators and language interpretation all contribute to successful meetings. Ground transportation and air connectivity to major cities in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America add to a smooth handling of Convention delegates. All these facilities and services have been tested at international events.

What are the highlights of Guatemala?

  • In efficiency in regards to ports of bulk sugar and sugar exporter in Latin America.
  • Cardamom exporter.
  • Exporter of melons, papayas and watermelons.
  • Arabica Coffee Exporter and in general Guatemala is positioned in the Top 10 of the Coffee of the World.
  • World banana exporter and #2 in platanos.
  • Chinese peas exporter.

Ron Zacapa Centennial recognized by World’s Top 100 Most Valuable Luxury Brands, and # 1 for 5 consecutive years in the ranking of # 1 The Beverage Testing Institute.

Archaeological heritage: with a total volume of 2,800,000 m³ and a height of 170 meters, La Danta is the largest pyramid in the world, even over the pyramids of Egypt, located in the Department of Petén, Guatemala.

Guatemala is the world’s capital for sport fishing for Sailfish. Record of capture and release in boat for 1 day: 124 Sailfish.

Guatemala Conventions Bureau:

Is the link between companies, associations and professional organizers of events at an international level with professionals, hotels and local providers of services specialized in meeting tourism – MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congresses and Exhibitions)

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