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.

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

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

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

 

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.

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

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°).

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 


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Health & Wellness

Guatemala City, one of the most modern cities of Central America and a popular destination for medical tourism, has a private healthcare system which provides world-class care to its population and is always being upgraded. New hospitals and clinics, equipment, and highly trained doctors are always available.

We offer a variety of specialized medical services in our facilities mostly located in Guatemala City, with easy access and mobility within our modern city, a few minutes away from the hotel zone, shopping centers, and La Aurora International Airport.

Health and Wellness Tourism in Guatemala offers a healthy lifestyle vacation with innovative and alternative treatments, while staying in touch with nature and all of its benefits. High-quality services and a wide array of treatments, such as aesthetic, anti-aging and new relaxation techniques, detox procedures, salts and hot springs, along with the latest technology, offers visitors one of the best options in the world for Healthcare destinations.

Immerse yourself in a world of sensations at our facilities, from renowned spas, wellness and holistic centers, to clinics for aesthetic purposes, where health, well-being, and pleasure are perfectly combined to provide a natural environment while promoting restfulness and stress management with relaxing treatments such as thermal circuits and massages.

With a diversity of medical, aesthetic and thermal spas, in addition to medical centers specialized in yoga, nutrition and rehabilitation, among others, you will explore destinations that are truly beyond comparison, while taking advantage of stress-relief when traveling. Many of these facilities are known as wellbeing oasis, surrounded by an exceptional diversity of flora and fauna in the different microclimates found at a short distance from one other, which is why Guatemala offers unique options in this category.

Our country meets international standards for treatments, competitive prices, professional medical qualifications, and advanced technology.

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Here are some of the best reasons why you should choose Guatemala as your medical destination:

  1. Save up to 75% in medical procedures, compared to those performed in other countries
  2. Quality and excellence in hospital medical care, with more than 50 years of experience
  3. More than 30 medical specialties and subspecialties
  4. Exceptional location, only a couple of hours’ flight from major cities in the United States
  5. Great Medical District location, just a few minutes away from the hotel zone, shopping areas, and La Aurora International Airport
  6. Highly-qualified board of internationally certified surgeons and doctors specialized in different medical fields who have trained in the United States and Europe
  7. Immediate availability for most surgical procedures
  8. Reliable business infrastructure with an advanced telecommunications network
  9. Perfect weather for medical trips and stress-free surgical recovery
  10. Spas, yoga studios and specialized relaxation centers
  11. Unique hospitality- and service-oriented culture
  12. Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends
  13. Hot springs
  14. Several tourist destinations for relaxing outdoor activities or yoga, as well as unique sites, such as the ancient Maya city of Tikal and the Maya culture on Lake Atitlán
  15. Yoga studios
  16. Wellness activities in direct contact with nature

Service categories:

  • Hospitals: With trauma rehabilitation centers, luxury rooms, heliports, bilingual staff, high level pre- and post-operative centers, along with the latest technology and equipment.
    • Dentists/Surgery and Procedures:
    • Dental Implants
    • Root Canal Treatment
    • Dental Rehabilitation
    • Dental Aesthetics
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Orthodontic Treatment
    • Endodontic Treatment
    • Neurology/Neurosurgery:
    • Brain tumor surgery
    • Craniotomy
    • Ophthalmology/Ophthalmology Surgery:
    • Cataract Surgery
    • Intraocular Lens implant
    • Glaucoma/Laser Eye Surgery
    • Aesthetic Procedures
    • Plastic Surgeons/Procedures:
    • Tummy Tucks (Abdominoplasty)
    • Neck lift Surgery
    • Face Lift
    • Breast Implants
    • Liposuction
    • Gynecologists:
    • Fertility and Stem Cell Clinics
    • Laboratories and Diagnostic Centers:
    • Nuclear Medicine with High Resolution 4D Ultrasound
    • Automated Clinical Laboratories
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    • Coronary Artery Tomography
    • Digital X-Rays
    • 3D and Digital Mammograms
    • Electroencephalograms (EEG tests)
    • Electromyography (EMG)
    • Diagnostic Cardiology
    • Internationally accredited specialized clinics
    • Surgeons:
    • Backbone surgery: open, mini-invasive and micro-surgery
    • Gynecological Surgery
    • Hand Surgery (laparoscopic video and open surgery)
    • Proctology Surgery and Procedures
    • Radiation Therapy:
    • Linear Accelerator (LINAC) in Cancer Treatment

    Body Treatments:

  • Our Body Treatments will be an unforgettable spa experience, restoring your balance and well-being. We create truly unique treatments that deliver beautiful skin and a renewed sense of inner calm, with an exclusive selection of 100% natural aromas characteristic of Guatemala, such as cocoa, cardamom, sugar cane, and local organic plants. Among our featured treatments are:
    • Massage: weight reduction, lymph drainage, anti-cellulite, hot stones, and many more
    • Weight Reduction Treatment
    • Thermal Circuits
    • Equipment
    • Reflexology
    • Reiki
    • Anti-cellulite Treatments
    • Detox Programs
    • Chiropractors and Chiropractic Treatments
    • Acupuncture

    Facial Rejuvenation Treatments:

    Facial products are created at our Wellness Centers, infused with a unique blend of natural ingredients for a radiant and visibly-rejuvenated face. Guatemala is well-known for having one of the purest muds in the region, nature’s gift to you, so make sure you try different facials such as:

    • Rejuvenating Treatments
    • Firming Anti-Ageing Eye Care Treatments
    • Acne Treatments
    • Lifting Effect Treatments
    • Anti-Blemish Treatments
    • Jowl Reduction Treatments
    • Microdermabrasion Treatments

    Holistic and Alternative Practices:

    Truly a one-of-a-kind retreat for those who seek balance among body, soul and spirit, engaging in activities of spiritual, emotional and psychological growth in a natural, magical, and eco-friendly environment.

    Check out some of our best therapies:

    • Yoga Retreats
    • Thalassotherapy: therapeutic use of seawater, marine products like algae, seaweed and marine mud, as well as marine climate to promote health, wellness, and beauty.
    • Meditation Retreats
    • Mindfulness / Buddhist Meditations
    • Metaphysical and Meditation Courses
    • Silent Retreats
    • Foot Reflexology Walking Paths
    • Forest Bathing and Sunbathing
    • Equine Therapy
    • Emotional Kinesiology Courses
    • Sound Energy Healing
    • Naturist Health Centers
    • Hiking
    • Hot Springs
    • Thermal Circuits
    • Temazcal (traditional sweat lodges)
    • Stress Reduction Programs
    • Saunas
    • Meditation Retreats

    Aromatherapy

    • Detox
    • Medical or Aesthetic spas
    • Thermal spas
    • Nutrition
    • Specialized Yoga Centers
    • Weight Reduction Procedures with the latest health trends
    • Hot Springs
    • Complementary medicine, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic healing

     Guatemala, a business, religious and cultural activity center, is a metropolis with colonial architecture contrasting with modern buildings, important museums and historical monuments that together offer visitors a unique experience. Its infrastructure, tourist services, and modern shopping malls have made it a regional center for conferences, conventions and shopping.

    Guatemala City is the ideal destination for meetings in Central America. It is in an ideal geographical location, and has a wide range of hotels, great infrastructure and proven experience in holding conferences, conventions and incentive trips.

    Guatemala has various convention centers attached to hotels and the COPEREX fairgrounds offers up to 21,658 square meters (233,124.77 square feet) for holding events in 14 different spaces.

    La Aurora International Airport, the most modern airport in Central America, operates flights that allow broad and quick connections to major cities of the world.

    The road infrastructure gives business travelers the ability to travel swiftly from one place to another, while enjoying activities and tourist attractions such as golf courses or Antigua Guatemala, the colonial city, among others. Ports and roads offer the necessary infrastructure across the country for rapid mobilization of participants to events.

    Guatemala City offers convention participants modern shopping centers and the Historical Center with centennial buildings and churches. The Nightlife District (the Zona Viva) is in the heart of the city, near important hotels and exclusive restaurants. The weather in Guatemala is ideal for any activity or event at any time of the year.

    Guatemala has hosted very important international events. Its offering includes lounges, theaters, museums, squares, event facilities, convention centers within hotels, and international hotel chains. A wide variety of restaurants, event catering services, professional conference organizers, conventions, and incentive trips are also available, as well as ground transportation and air connectivity to major U.S. cities, Mexico, Central and South America. All these facilities and services have been tested at international events.

 


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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

It is a journey of spiritual and mystical reflection. Which represents the places where the Holy Brother Pedro of San José of Betancourt, carried out a diversity of works and activities to help abandoned and poor people. Which was the scene of his life; this can be known through the route of the Pilgrim of la Antigua Guatemala.

  • The looms of Pedro Armengol

It was the first place where Saint Brother Pedro worked. He entered to the labor of fabric and rustic cloth, performing the trade of weaver, sharing his life with the almost 400 forced that came from the prisons of the city. Here he began his evangelizing task, and by example, he started teaching with love the devotional prayers and the Holy Rosary, urging his peers to rectify their mistakes to lead a dignified life. It is currently a private property and the ruins are closed to the public.

  • Monument to Hermano Pedro and the Matasanos Bridge

The ancient arch held a bridge that helped to cross the River “Pensativo” upon entering the city. The monument recalls the site of the original bridge, demolished in the mid-twentieth century. On February 18, 1651, Saint Brother Pedro crossed the bridge and kneeling kissed the ground, saying “Here I must live and die”. At that time coincidentally, the earth grew and an earthquake ensued; he thought it was his fault, because he was an inordinate sinner that came to town. In his writings, he stated that from that hour until one o´clock in the morning there were 49 tremors. The monument recalls the site of the original bridge, demolished in the mid-twentieth century and marks the place where the narration happened.

  • Real de Santiago Hospital

Founded by the first bishop of Guatemala, Monsignor Francisco Marroquin, approximately in 1553 to serve Spaniards and mulattos under the care of the religious of “San Juan de Dios”. Here the Brother Pedro was held to recover after walking the road between Puerto Trujillo in Honduras and Santiago of Guatemala. The building was severely damaged by the earthquakes of 1773, which caused its abandonment. It is currently a private property and there is no public access.

  • Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced

It was built in the place it occupies today. The Holy Brother Pedro attended this church to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, mainly at night. The monument can be visited every day from 08:00 to 18:00 hours. The entrance to the place is paid.

Visit the Temple: Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 20:00 hours. Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Free entry.

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

In the year 1625 operated the fourth largest school with the name of San Lucas School. This institution granted academic degrees to students in Theology and Philosophy. Brother Pedro entered the school with the intention of being a priest, but difficulties with studying, learning Latin and the lack of identification documents, made him give up. Father Manuel Lobo, a Jesuit priest was a confessor, spiritual guide and executor of the testament of Brother Pedro. T

he mural painting of the Temple is considered the most extensive in the ancient Kingdom of Guatemala. The Ibero-American Training Center and the Workshop for Workers, both of the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation, currently operate here.

Open Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

  • The Main Plaza

In honor of the Holy Brother Pedro, 3 trees of Esquisúchil were planted in this place, today known as the tree of the Holy Brother Pedro.

  • Palace of the Noble City Hall

The current building was inaugurated in November of 1743, at the site where the previous buildings of the city council were. On April 7 of 1799, it became the headquarters of the municipality of La Antigua Guatemala. On the top floor of the palace is the Main Hall or Hall of the Cabildo, whose main furniture is of the chairs and table that the Municipal Corporation occupies during the ordinary sessions and protocol acts.

The chair for the Municipal Mayor has a carved backrest with a commemorative inscription to the Holy Brother Pedro who exalts his life, virtues, and works.

Hours: from 8:00 AM to 12.00 PM and from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

  • San José Cathedral

The Cathedral witnessed the expressions of fervor of Saint Brother Pedro towards the Blessed Sacrament, during the procession of the Eight of Corpus Christi, which crowned the Main Plaza, revoked his cloak tied to a pole while dancing and reciting couplets in honor of Sacred Jesus.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 hours. Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 hours. Sunday from 6:00 to 19:30 hours.

  • Street of the Steps

It runs from North to South from the “San Francisco El Grande” Church to the Hermitage of “Santo Calvario”. It houses 10 chapels that mark the Via Crucis stations established according to the Franciscan tradition. It measures 1,322 steps, the same distance that Jesus traveled with the cross on Good Friday, from the Praetorium to Calvary.

The Holy Brother Pedro had a great devotion to the Passion of Jesus, as a penance on Friday nights, he dressed as Nazarene and carrying a heavy cross on his shoulders, he made his Way of the Cross, in the Street of Bitterness. Which currently is called the Street of the Steps, where he pondered the mystery of the Redemption.

    School of Christ Church

Father Bernardino de Ovando, lived here, who was the spiritual guide of Saint Brother Pedro. When he died, many people wanted to express his veneration before his body, but since the nursing room of the House of Bethlehem was very small, Bishop Payo de Rivera determined that it was more convenient to guard it in the School of Christ Church.

The next day the procession went out through the Street of the Steps towards the Church of “San Francisco El Grande” to celebrate the Eucharist and bury it according to its will. Currently, the School of Christ is the seat of the Parish of “Nuestra Señora de los Remedios”. In its plaza, there is an Esquisúchil tree, planted in 1994.

Hours: Monday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Wednesday is closed.

    Hermitage of Santo Calvario

It was built at the southern end of the Street of the Steps by the Franciscan tertiary in the mid-seventeenth century. In addition to living there for some time, the Holy Brother Pedro actively participated, performing the duties of supervisor and promoter of the work. In 1657, Pedro de la Rosa concluded the sculpture of the Holy Christ for the hermitage; the popular tradition calls him “The Christ of Brother Pedro”. On March 19 of that same year, Saint Brother Pedro planted the Esquisúchil tree in his gardens.

Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

  • Hospital and Temple of “Nuestra Señora of Belén”

In this place, was founded the first hospital for convalescents in Latin America and the first school of first letters for poor children and adults. Site where love and care were lavished on the sick and destitute who came, searching for comfort.

At the west is located the old Plaza, where afterwards the Plaza of Peace and the monument to Saint Brother Pedro with a plaque containing a prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi were built.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM and from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

  • Beguinage of Belen

In this temple of the Beatas, settled down the Betlemite Sisters. The front of the temple has in the niche the figure of the Holy Brother Pedro in an attitude of devotion towards the birth of Jesus.

  • Temple and Convent of “San Francisco el Grande”

Inside the Temple is the sepulcher of the Holy Brother Pedro, today it is a place of pilgrimage to thank or request intervention. At the south of the Temple, you can see the Franciscan Museum of Saint Hermano Pedro. It consists of three rooms: the colonial hall, the hall of miracles and the room of Saint Hermano Pedro.

The first contains vestiges of the splendor of the Franciscan Temple; the second has the offerings that the faithful people dedicated to him and the third keeps the relics and the portrait painted by Antonio Montufar, considered the oldest and most faithful in terms of physical appearance.

Hours: Museum and colonial monument: Monday to Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Temple: Monday to Sunday from 6:15 to 18:15 hours.

  • Social Work of Hermano Pedro

Today the social works occupy the old hospital for the clergy of St. Pedro the Apostle. Here, the Holy Brother Pedro visited the clergy who were in poor health. The social works are administrated by the Order of the Franciscan friars, where medical assistance, educational-spiritual-religious-moral and social training is provided to low income people, which is why today it is the heart of evangelical inspiration of faith.

Holy Pilgrim Route

Esquipulas: Mesoamerican religious destination since the beginning of the colony, it receives a big number of group excursions and pilgrimages that have a common purpose (devotion or penance). It offers different accommodation options, places to visit, food services and handicraft sales in general. Within the traditions of pilgrimage marked for years, this pilgrimage has been recognized as the Pilgrim´s Holy Route, where the faithful devotees have made walks with songs and prayers until they meet their Lord of Esquipulas.

Holy Pilgrim Route: Very old route, it begins in the Municipality of San Agustin Acasaguastlán of the department of El Progreso, then the department of Zacapa and concludes in the Basilica of the Lord of Esquipulas in the department of Chiquimula. During this way of manifestation of faith, temples, churches and hermitages are visited; finalizing the pilgrimage in the Sanctuary of the image of the Black Christ, the Lord of Esquipulas.

With tradition of more than 400 years of Pilgrimages, they have arrived from various geographical points of Mesoamérica towards the Religious Destination of Esquipulas. Using different access routes and different means of mobilization. Being the most traditional and recognized in recent years and since the decade of 1970, the asphaltic route to the Atlantic that covers much of the old Royal Road used during the colony.

With an annual average visit of 1.2 million Pilgrims who pass in front of the Camarín of “Santo Cristo” in the Basilica and an estimated 3 million annual visitors to the city of Esquipulas in general, 32 traditional national and foreign pilgrimages are registered. An estimated of 60% of them pass through the CA-9 and CA-10 routes, considering the traditional points of their origin and arriving from various points of Guatemala, in addition to the neighboring countries of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador throughout the year.

It cannot be discarded the tourist and merchandise traffic that circulates daily to or from the borders of “El Florido”, “Agua Caliente” and “La Ermita”. As well as the one coming from various regions of Guatemala through Las Verapaces, the Guatemalan Caribbean, Petén, the rest of the East region and the capital city of Guatemala, where traffic comes from the West and South regions of the country. Holy Pilgrim Route integrates 13 municipalities linking 3 departments of the Mystical and Natural East Region, which are El Progreso, Zacapa and Chiquimula.

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

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.

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

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
54SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNACORAZON MAYASalida la finca tzantiacay (502) 7721 8160info@corazonmaya.comhttp://www.corazonmaya.com
55SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL CO-OPERATIVE OF GUATEMALAN SPANISH TEACHERS7 avenida 4-037 zona 2 (502) 7721 8214cooperativaschool@gmail.comhttp://www.cooperativeschoolsanpedro.edu.gt
56SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNAESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL ORBITA8a. Calle 4-26 zona 2 (502) 7721 8379 / 5872 7485director@orbitaspanishschool.comhttp://www.orbitaspanishschool.com
57SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNALAKE ATITLAN SPANISH SCHOOL8va calle 2-86, canton chuacante, zona 2 (502) 54661711 / 59106884lakeatitlanspanishschool@gmail.comhttp://www.lakeatitlanspanishschool.com
58SOLOLASAN PEDRO LA LAGUNASAN PEDRO7ma av 2-21 zona 2(502) 7721 8193 / 5811 6109info@sanpedrospanishschool.orghttp://www.sanpedrospanishschool.org

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES

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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Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 


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Volunteering

If you’re resolved to make a difference and gain meaningful experiences, there’s no shortage of impactful and amazing volunteer opportunities in Guatemala, including construction, wildlife and environmental conservation, health and medicine, education and childcare, as well as working with indigenous communities, among others.

Guatemalan communities offer volunteering activities in a sustainable and beneficial way for everyone involved. Immerse yourself in our rich culture, interact with our people, live our traditions and sample our delicious food, while using your free time to explore volcanoes, rainforests, temples, beaches, lakes, and much more.

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Volunteer in beautiful Guatemala, where you can::

  • Experience being part of the Maya culture.
  • Savor Guatemalan cuisine, prepared with original recipes.
  • Learn about the Maya culture in its ancient cities or venture out climbing volcanoes or enjoying water activities.
  • Explore many tourist sites in the area.

 

Other activities in Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the most modern cities in Latin America and has positioned itself in recent years as a destination for world-class health and wellness tourism services.  The wellness services offered are highly competitive and that’s why the country hosts more and more travelers in search of health sanctuaries.  This is combined with unique scenarios, providing highly qualified and trained personnel who offer a warm and personalized treatment.

You can enjoy all this surrounded by exotic landscapes of forests of millenary trees that gave rise to advanced civilizations that held strong connections with the universe.  You will also enjoy volcanic sand beaches and a privileged climate that allows to experience the scent of flowers, and the aroma of cocoa, coffee and cane to complement the unique sensory experience.  All this and more are the experiences that Guatemala’s atmosphere offers in wellbeing.

Some of the services might be:

  • Natural hot springs
  • Thermal, medical or aesthetic spas
  • Specialized yoga and meditation centers
  • Complementary medicine such as acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic
  • Detoxification
  • Weight reduction procedures with the latest health trends

 

 

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