Central and South America

Guatemala

Guatemala
The Essential
Situated in northern Central America, Guatemala offers a combination of stunning natural landscapes, superb archaeological sites and vibrant local traditions. With its high plateaux dotted with mountains and volcanoes and its lowland areas carpeted with jungle vegetation, this small country has managed to remain wild and unspoilt, as the deep blue water of beautiful Lake Atitlán demonstrates.However, Guatemala also offers visitors an introduction to Mayan culture, with its ancient cities such as Quiriguá and Tikal, situated in the Petén jungle, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The superb archaeological museum in Guatemala, the country's lively capital, is also well worth a visit.Exploring some of the country's timeless villages or eating in one of the local restaurants will provide unforgettable memories of your visit here. If you can, take part in one of the many local festivals where Mayan customs can be observed, attend mass in Chichicastenango church, a perfect illustration of religious syncretism, or join the Holy Week processions in Antigua, an old colonial city bursting with charm. A whole host of opportunities to soak up the authentic traditions of Guatemala.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Guatemala

Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán
1:00
San Francisco El Alto Market San Francisco El Alto Market
San Francisco El Alto Market
San Francisco El Alto
1:00
Tikal Tikal
Tikal
El Remate
1:30
Convento de La Recolección Convento de La Recolección
Convento de La Recolección
Antigua
1:00
Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii
Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii
Monterrico
4:00
Yaxchilán Yaxchilán
Yaxchilán
Ocosingo
1:00

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The mysteries of Tikal unveiled

The greatest Maya city of Guatemala fascinates tourists as much as it does archaeologists. The former explore the jungle-tangled temples and acropolises jaw struck, while the latter tirelessly pursue their research into the lifestyle and reasons for the fall of the capital of this once powerful kingdom.

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Antigua Guatemala, the comeback of Jade

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic town is also renowned for its unique craft jewellery industry. After many centuries of oblivion, the Mayas’ precious stone has once again become the pride and joy of Guatemala.

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Pastores : home to Far West-style handicrafts

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