Guatemala is, quite simply a magical holiday destination with its rich Mayan heritage and impressive volcanic summits. Before heading out to see the Mayan sites, tour the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City, and while in the city explore the lovely parks. There are plenty of Mayan ruins to visit, the most dramatic being Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Quirigua which boasts the tallest monumental statue in the world. See the historical buildings and lively El Mercado market in beautiful Antigua, buy hand-woven items in San Antonio Aguascalientes and traditional ponchos in Momostenango. Take to the trees and enjoy canopy tours in the rainforests and windsurf on the ancient Lake Atitlan. Explore caves and go tubing in the Semuc Champey Natural Park and white-water rafting along the El Cahabon River.
You can see Pacaya Volcano from Plaza Berlin at the end of Avenida de las Americas in Guatemala City. It is usually smoking, and sometimes at night you can see lava running down its side.
Two or three tour companies organise daily climbs to the summit from Antigua. We sign up for the group operated by "El Gran Jaguar".
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