Guatemala is truly a treasure of rainforest and archaeological majesty. Its famous Lake Atitlán is surrounded by three blue-misted volcanoes and mountainous escarpments surrounding its azure depths. Reserva Natural Atitlán has swing bridges, high-altitude platforms and dizzying zip-lines for waterfall and steep inclination viewing. At Reserva Natural Atitlán visit a historical coffee grove and the butterfly sanctuary. For the athletic hiker and diehard enthusiast, TBBD will book the “must-have” professional guide armed with a machete to muscle in on the Volcano San Pedro. The astounding views after this challenging exertion is a totally breathless encounter of the lake, swirling mountain mists, and an abundance of cypress, cedar and unusual plants like mano de leon, a tree with flowers the shape of a lion’s paw.
Take the trails along the black volcanic sands of Monterrico’s beaches. From August through September, you can cradle baby sea turtles and set them on their ocean sojourn. During the months of December to May, you can take a boat to see migrating Humpback and Sperm whales. The city Parque Central Quetzaltenango is known for its natural hot sulphur springs.Quetzaltenango is characterized by a blend of elegant Spanish architecture and Italian classicism such as the absolutely lovely Espiritu Santo Cathedral and the Municipal Theater. The city is also named after the gorgeous Quetzal bird which lives in the neighboring cloud forest of the Laguna Chicabal, where the sacred crater lake is located. Visit the Cahabón River in all its power and fury as it tumbles through the underground tunnels and caverns – the opposite counterpart of its rippling upper surface of the gentle Semuc Champey’s stepped waterfalls and calm pools of turquoise and emerald.
Best of all, is Tikal, “Place of Voices”, Guatemala’s most compelling ancient wonder. Tikal was once a tremendous metropolis of one of the most powerful Mayan kingdom – an engineering feat of the ancient world, rising from uninhabitable swamplands. Reservoirs and canals were created to siphon away the water. The walls tower over steep limestone embankments, forming roadways into the hub of the city and interconnecting 4 regions of imposing pyramids, massive altars, and palaces located upon terraced plazas. View the famous Temple of the Great Jaguar and the Temple of the Mask in honor of a Mayan Queen. Temple IV is the tallest pre-Columbian structure in the world, and the North Acropolis holds a double row of 70-stone slab passageways with engraved altars. The unique radial configuration of the 5D-43 Temple and the Lost World Pyramid and the fortress-like Bat Palace are amongst the archaeological riches unearthed. Surrounding Tikal is its UNESCO wildlife preserve with precious wildlife such as the spider monkey, giant anteater and dwarf anteater, the three-toed sloth, the peccaries, brown coati, kinkajou, tayra, paca, hooded skunk and rare wildcats like the puma, margay, ocelot, jaguarundi, and jaguar. Let Travel Benefits By Design lead you through this amazing journey of Guatemalan adventure.