Over the years Guatemala has become a popular destination offering visitors beautiful architecture and history, as well as exciting activities and scenery. The area of Guatemala was once home to the nucleus of the Maya Civilization, and much of that history remains ingrained in the country; this is one of the traits that makes it such a unique place to spend your next vacation.
Guatemala is a country in Central America, and stands as the most populated state in the country with over an estimated 15.8 million residents. One of the traits that makes Guatemala so special is the Mayan history found throughout the grounds. Tikal is one of the largest and most well-preserved pre-columbian Mayan urban sites, and its located right in Guatemala’s National Park. Tikal has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hails as one of the most popular sites to see in Guatemala. The architecture was constructed from local limestone, and structures that reach as high as 230 feet still stand today. An array of structures, from palaces to pyramids, to inscribed stone monuments can be found throughout the grounds; the residential area alone of Tikal covers an estimated 23 square miles!
Within Guatemala you will find many volcanoes, which are also quite popular to visit among locals and visitors alike. Pacaya is an active volcano complex, rising to an elevation of 8,373 feet and after laying dormant for a century, it erupted in 1965; Pacaya has since erupted regularly since then, and stands as a member of the Central American Volcanic Arc. For more outdoor adventure in Guatemala, make sure to stop by Semuc Champey. A national monument found in the department of Alta Verapez, Guatemala, Semuc Champey is a limestone bridge spanning over 900 feet. Underneath it you will find the flow of the Cahabón River. Though Semuc Champey is a bit of a trek to access it is absolutely worth it, for atop the bridge is a collection of beautiful turquoise pools, a popular swimming attraction among the area.
Although Guatemala has a lot of natural and cultural beauty and wonder, you can take a walk on the wild side and check out Xetulul Theme Park, located in the southwest of the country. Fun for the whole family, this amusement park receives over 1 million visitors per year which makes it the most popular tourist attraction in the country. At Xetulul Theme Park you can ride, Avalancha: one of only six operating coasters in the world with eight or more inversions. If it is an exceptionally hot day, take a visit to Xocomil, the waterpark sister of Xetulul located in the same area. Both the largest and most visited water park in the country, Xocomil is modeled after the Mayan ruins that make Guatemala so important.
This October, Travel Show Marketing Group will be holding the Miami 2017 Travel Agent Forum, a conference designed with the travel agent specifically in mind. A commercial destination seminar will be held highlighting Guatemala, and all of the country’s Mayan traditions, language, and culture in modern times. Learn about the eternal spring weather and hear details on the richness and diversity found in Guatemala, perfect for any leisure or business travel event. For more information on the Miami 2017 Travel Agent Forum and the Guatemala seminar, visit miami.travelsmg.com