Guatemala Custom Travel
Guatemala is one of the most exotic places you can visit that is also close to home. Just under 3 hours from Houston, Guatemala is easily accessible from the United States, but the world you discover once you land will make you feel like you are a million miles away.
The beautiful, mountainous landscape is the first thing many notice when they arrive in Guatemala. With 22 volcanoes, 7 of which are active, you are never far from a gorgeous volcano vista. Visitors can ride horseback and play golf as they admire the lava rolling down the side of an active volcano and enjoy the deep rumblings that serenade them as they tour the countryside.
Perhaps the most defining characteristic of this country is its Mayan heritage and culture. The country is dotted with many of the most famous Mayan ruins. Tikal, El Mirador, Yaxha, Uaxactun, and Quirigua are the most popular ruins for archeologists and tourists, but there are many more that can be explored. These ruins are full of amazing architecture and artifacts and their stories are captivating and exciting and full of mysteries. It is pretty incredible to stand on these sites and contemplate what life must have been like almost 1,000 years ago.
In addition to the Mayan ruins, the current-day Mayan culture and Mayan people are very prevalent in Guatemala. In fact, there are over 25 Mayan tribes in Guatemala, each speaking their own particular language. As you travel the country, you will see that Guatemala is an interesting mixture of many different Mayan tribes, all mingling together in everyday life.
Guatemala also offers fantastic shopping. As you walk through the highland markets, you will be engulfed in the vibrant colors of the local textiles, many of which are hand-made by Mayan artisans. The shopping (be it for food or goods) is phenomenal and the experience in the large, bustling markets is unforgettable.
During the colonial period, the Spanish named Guatemala the capital of their Central America territories in “New Spain”. The country is full of great historical sites that tell a fascinating and tumultuous tale of life in this part of the world from the Pre-Columbian period to the colonial period and from the country’s independence to current day. Visit Guatemala and let history come to life right before your eyes.