Places to visit in Guatemala

When you travel to Guatemala, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Guatemala, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Guatemala to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Guatemala things to do can include exploring Guatemala attractions and visiting the places of interest.

This is an old churchwherenatives were convertedtoChristians. It has been ruined by earthquakes and damp weather.

This beautiful monument used to be a prominent religious centre during the colonialperiod.

There is a large pile of stones that has stayed intact and survived numerous earthquakes in the last 250 years. As you go inside, be prepared to see the devout kneeling while worshipping the El Cristo or Black Christ. Around 15thJanuarythere is an annual festival for which pilgrims come here.

Kids can have fun visiting the children’smuseum in ZonaViva in the capital;they can visit thexocomil which is a water park; it is even fun tovisit the Mayan ruins or indulge in swimming or turtle race. There is also a zoo in the capital city.

Located in the capital, this museum has the largest exhibits of the ancient Mayan culture including a magnificent throne and anintriguingstone sculpture.

This is a large coffeeplantation and the site comprises 3 museums. You will find this just outside Jocotenango. One tells the story ofcoffeecultivation, the seconddisplaysancientmusicalinstrument of the Mayanculture and the third is a splendid display of the colorful crafts and costumes of the valley.

There are many organizedGuatemala tours that will take you on jungle hikes especially to Tikal. The trek is a six hour walk over 32 miles. On the way you will be camping at different locations for more sightseeing and wildlife watching. At the Ixpanpajul nature park, you can do horseback riding, go on night safaris etc. Kayaking can be done at the Lake Atitlan area. Climbing the Pacaya volcano can prove to be adventurous.

You can unwind on the beautiful beaches or go boating. Visit Monerrico for the black sandy beaches. There are plenty of lakeswhere you can relaxand indulge infishing. Visiting museums is also an interesting leisure activity here. Shopping for handicrafts is a great way to forget worries.

Most good restaurants are found in three major hubs of the country; Flore, Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City. The capital’s Zona 10 is the main hub of eateries with plenty of restaurants offering seafood. Jake’s, Arrin Cuan, Kacao are some popularplaces here.

A majority of the dishes are corn based just like you will find in its neighboring countries. You will also find black beans as an accompaniment at every meal which has rice as staple food. Most dishes are spicy. Many dishes are meat based but in coastal areas, you will find more of seafood. The specialties include Kaq IC, a soup; Tamales, corn dough stuffed with any kind of meat and wrapped in banana leaves.

Places like LaLitia in Guatemala City is the equivalent of a flea market with a wider variety in merchandise; there are plenty of such stores. The Chichicastenango market held twice weekly is also a great place to buy handicrafts, fabrics and food items.

Mercado Central is one of the country’s oldest places where locals go for their daily needs.

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