Guatemala, Mayan city of distinctive culture
Guatemala of Central America, is a rare city with an equal mix of travel options for adventurers, culture seekers, worshippers, and travelers looking for relaxation. This city of cultural highlight extends from the colonial architectural and cobbled streets of Antigua Guatemala to the Mayan ruins of Tikal.
Mayan ruins of Tikal
Mayan ruins of Tikal is one of the greatest archeological sites of all time. The well preserved ruined city of Tikal, occupied between approximately 600 BC and AD 900, showcases more than 3,000 structures, from pyramids and temples to plazas and an acropolis. It was one of the most important urban Mayan centers for more than a thousand years and is today one of the largest Mayan archeological sites of its time period still in existence.
Antigua Guatemala usually reffered to as Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. Amidst volcanic setup, Guatemala offers a unique glimpse of this city unblemished by modern day concrete buildings and high rises. The cobbled streets are lined with lovely old colonial buildings, some of which show evidence of the earthquakes that have contributed to the city’s history. Everywhere in the old city center are grand churches and convents.
Livingston on the Caribbean Coast
This small town of Guatemala with brightly painted wooden houses sits amongst a jungle setup between coconut groves. Livingston feels more like the Caribbean than the rest of Guatemalan because of its population of Garifuna, descendants of escaped would-be slaves and the indigenous Maya. They have created a distinctive culture and language. Caribbean rhythms abound and they increase during the month of May as a Garifuna pilgrimage arrives in town. Celebrations during Easter week and on December 12 the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is a colorful event of Guatemala.
Grutas de Lanquin and Semuc Champey
The Lanquin Caves of Guatemala is a deep limestone caverns containing an underground river with various lagoons and unique rock formations. A portion of the cave is permited for visit, which has some rugged walkways and low lighting. Thousands of bats make their home here and provide an interesting spectacle as they leave in a nightly mass exodus from the cave to feed in the nearby forest.
Semuc Champey, where a limestone shelf running 300 meters creates natural pools in the river. The water here is a unique color of green or turquoise.
Box1 Museo Popol Vuh
One of the most interesting places to enjoy Guatemala is Museo Popol Vuh. This is one of the leading museums in the world of Mayan art, housing a valuable and comprehensive collection of both Mayan and colonial art. On display are a large collection of masks, pottery, gems, tools, and sculptures mostly of Mayan era.