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Mayan culture is alive and well in Guatemala. From the spectacular archaeological sites to the Mayan communities that still exist, Guatemala travel is all about exploring the past and Guatemala holidays are the best way of uncovering the secrets of this extraordinary society.

The capital Guatemala City is a sprawling, chaotic place but is home to some good museums with stunning Mayan artefacts. The town of Flores is the access point for the Tikal National Park, which is home to the majestic and massive ruin of Tikal. A vast complex of pyramidal temples, causeways and plazas it was inhabited for a thousand years before being overrun by the jungle. It's now also a good place to see wildlife and spot tropical birds.

Aside from Mayan monuments, Guatemala's natural wonders also clamour for attention. Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America; the Tajumulco Volcano, which you can walk to the top of, is Central America's highest point and the Caribbean Coast, with its unspoilt villages and a shoreline offering sailing, fishing and scuba diving is one of the best in the region. Visit Tilapita or Monterrico to enjoy the beaches.

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Capital City Guatemala City

Size 108,890 sq km

Population 13,550,440

Time Zone GMT -6

Flying time from UK 11 hours

Currency Quetzal (Q) = 100 centavos

Language Spanish and Amerindian languages

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