Guatemala City Vacations & Travel Packages!
Locally known as Guatemala or Guate, Guatemala City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala. It is also the most populous city in Central America. Located in the central part of the country, the city is nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita. This beautiful city with imposing hills forming lovely setting is a great place to visit for nature lovers. The city is also the capital of the Municipality of Guatemala and of the Guatemala Department.
Places of Interest in Guatemala City
Antigua is one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. In Antigua, the cobbled streets are lined with beautiful old colonial buildings among which few show evidence of the earthquakes that have given contribution to the history of the city. In the old city center, there are grand convents and churches everywhere.
Lake Atitlan is considered as one of the most beautiful lakes around the world. The lake sits at 1538 meters above the sea level and is enclosed by volcanoes and hills. Lake Atitlan was formed in a volcanic crater. There are few immaculate villages found along the shore of this beautiful lake.
Locally known as Chichi, Chichicastenango is an isolated large town enclosed by mountains and valleys. This town is located in proximity to the Guatemala City. The sleepy cobblestone streets of Chichicastenango come alive on Thursdays and Sundays as it hosts Chichicastenango Market, one of the largest and most hectic markets in the country. In this market are sold regular everyday goods, tourist oriented trinkets, vegetables, and distinctive textiles. This market is highly popular for the unique textile on sale here. Vendors from far away come to this market and thus it becomes a great place to meet people from different cultures.
Rising more than 2550 meters above the sea level, Pacaya Volcano offer tourists opportunities to witness volcanic activities first hand. This volcano has been active since the year 1975. The lava explosions constantly alter its appearance. At Pacaya Volcano, organized tours offer guided hikes on the volcano. Tourists have to remember that as Pacaya Volcano is an active volcano, hiking it includes some risks.