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San Cristobal Acasaguastlan

San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán is a town in the El Progreso department of Guatemala. San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán is located on the northern bank of the Motagua River at an altitude of 250 m. It had a population of 6,129 people at the 2002 census, and covers a territory of 124 square kilometres (48 sq mi). San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán borders on San Agustín Acasaguastlán to the northwest, Usumatlán to the east, and El Jicaro to the south. It is located on the inter-ocean highway (CA-9), 101 km from Guatemala City.


El Progreso, Guatemala

Cuevas De Candelaria

Comprising a 7.3-sq-km swath of subtropical forest rising up from the lake over limestone terrain, this nature reserve offers mildly strenuous hiking and excellent wildlife watching, with paths to some brilliant lookout points. As a bonus, there's an adjacent lakeside park with diving docks for a refreshing conclusion to the tour.

The Candelaria Caves are a large natural cave system in the highland-lowland transition of Alta Verapaz in Guatemala between the municipalities of Chisec and Raxruha. The caves are famous for its peculiar karst phenomena and significance to the Mayan history.

Amongst the attractions of its huge karst caverns are speleothems like stalactites, stalagmites, stalagnates and flowstone drapes. Pit caves, caused by collapse of the ceiling, light the inside of the caves. The main gallery has a length of 22 km, of which 12.5 km follows the underground passage of the Candelaria River. The total length of the cave system, including coulisses, secondary and upper passages, is estimated to be 80 km.

The Great Western Trade Route  of the Classic Maya, which connected the Guatemalan highlands to the Petén lowlands, went through the Candelaria Caves area. Pottery artefacts evidence the use of the caves for ceremonies.  The Popol Vuh of the K'iche' people considers the Candelaria Caves an entrance to the underworld

Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Cerro Cahui

More than 20 mammal species roam the reserve, including spider and howler monkeys, white-tailed deer and the elusive Mesoamerican tapir. Bird life is rich and varied, with the opportunity to spot toucans, woodpeckers and the famous ocellated turkey, a big bird resembling a peacock. Trees include mahogany, cedar, ramón , and cohune palm, along with many types of bromeliads, ferns and orchids.

A network of loop trails ascend the hill to two lookout points, affording a view of the whole lake and of Laguna Sacpetén to the east. The trail called Los Escobos (4km long, about 2¼ hours), through secondary growth forest, is good for spotting monkeys.

The admission fee includes the right to camp or sling your hammock under small thatch shelters inside the entrance. There are toilets and showers. The reserve is 1.75km west along the north-shore road from El Remate.

Peten, Guatemala


Xetutul is a theme park in Guatemala. It is located in the Retalhuleu Department in the southwest of the country. Opening in 2002, Xetutul is the third largest amusement park in Latin America, after Beto Carrero World in Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil and Six Flags México near Mexico City, Mexico. Xetutul is associated with the nearby Xocomil waterpark, which opened in 1997, and together the two parks receive over one million visitors every year, making the parks the most popular tourist attraction in the country.

Xetulul and Xocomil are operated by the Institute for the Recreation of Guatemalan Private Industry Workers (IRTRA)—a private company that operates several other parks in Guatemala, as well as nearby hotels and restaurants.

In addition to its amusement rides, Xetulul is also known for its architecture. The park features architectural reproductions of many landmarks from across the world, including the Trevi Fountain, Moulin Rouge, and the Tikal Temple of the Great Jaguar. The park is divided into seven total plazas, which feature architecture from a total of six countries, including France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Each national architecture style is featured in its own unique plaza.

The name "Xetulul" originates from the K'iche' language, and means "under the sapotes" (from Nahuatl tzapotl is a term for a soft). There are currently plans to expand Xetulul with the addition of a golf course and a convention center.

Retahuleu, Guatemala


Located in the department of Santa Rosa, south of Guatemala, Monterrico is on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, with quiet beaches and waterways of a wonderful natural wealth, is definitely an attraction worth visiting.

The relaxed ambience throughout, with a hammock, a drink and good company will suffice to enjoy a moment of peace that will help to give a good rest to your mind.

Santa Rosa, Guatemala

Santuario De Aves - Parque De Aves

A tourist attraction in Copan Ruinas that alone justifies a trip. Bird Park and Nature Reserve Macaw Mountain awaits you with 181 birds native to Honduras and Central America, as well as some species in South America. This colorful ecological park is immersed in a small canyon formed by the Caka-guatales broken. Its crystal clear waters, lush vegetation and century-old coffee farm operating in the site contribute to give the book a unique natural air. The park includes an information center outside where you can interact with some of the birds to take pictures with them and watch them more closely. Note that Copán Ruinas is the Maya site where there are more images of birds from around the world Maya. The park area was inhabited by the Maya in the past, the mountain is located at the top of the nature trail, is known locally as Cerro Colorado, this mountain was probably of much significance for the Maya and called "Macaw Mountain ". In the main square Copan Archaeological Park will see Stela B containing hieroglyphics "Mowitz" meaning Macaw Mountain. The founder of this park is Mandy Wagner resident of Roatan, Bay Islands, because of his great love for the birds and care they professed. She moved to Copan with a large number of species and placed them successfully in this area of ​​7 blocks of 600 meters. The park has a nature trail that follows along the canyon, with a few observation sites where interested parties can view a variety of birds and small mammals such as squirrels, which abound in the park. Birds such as the guardabarranco, orioles, jays, chorchas and many others are easily seen by their walk on the trails. This coupled with the friendly attention of the guides, all very knowledgeable about the birds will stay at the park an unforgettable experience.


Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Santa Teresita Spa

Santa Teresita is an authentic thermal water Spa in Guatemala. Pools, Thermal Circuit, Steam Baths, Massages and Treatments are our premium services. You can also enjoy Fonda del Castillo, a Restaurant of national and international food. 


Amatitlan, Guatemala

San Juan Del Obispo

San Juan del Obispo, is a picturesque town of Sacatepequez, located four kilometers south of the city of Antigua, located at the base of the volcano Hunapú (Water), which serves as a sign of land memorable for its beauty and views imposing. This city is named in memory of its founder, Francisco Marroquin, educator and first bishop of Guatemala.

San Juan del Obispo is a town famous for having the first Renaissance Archbishop's Palace, which was the residence of Bishop Francisco Marroquin, who currently serves an order of Sisters of the Bethany congregation gladly let in any visitor who wants observe the relics keeping, in exchange for a donation that serves pra social work they perform.

La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

San Pedro Las Huertas

San Pedro las Huertas. Village in the municipality of Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez just 4 km. Captain Don Francisco Antonio de Fuentes y Guzmán wrote in his Memorial Florida by the last decade of the seventeenth century: "Another vicarage is San Pedro de Las Huertas, known in their temporal patterns with the pronoun of St. Peter Treasurer, by be established by the Treasurer of the Royal Box Guatemala, Pedro Becerra, who also won in parcel as something that is conferred by its own effort and work. It is founded in the wake of the volcano of water, between San Juan del Obispo and San Miguel Tzacualpa. It has three hundred tributaries seven cacchiquel nation in which it is administered by the religious of my Holy Lord on Sunday. It has good corn and a lot out of the orchards, where supply all year in the city of Goathemala, of all kinds of vegetables and healthy herbs, and good ride this town for the amusement of the gardens, being far as two miles from the city. It has excellent church and very capable, with good and expensive ornaments, bells and other good belonging to the cult, without requiring that he will supply something, that owes much to the holy zeal of his ministers. This town lacking good water and for this reason to be bad the Indians who drink all the more have goiter because only in the grooves are provided for drinking and irrigation water orchards of some shallow wells that are dammed water trasminada and they have in lower parts of the earth. They are adjacent and all as the head of the doctrine are the cacchiquel nation: the people of San Gaspar Vivar ... The other annexes to this doctrine towns are San Andrés Dean ... Santa Catalina Bobadilla ... St. Ana. "In the pastoral visit of Archbishop Pedro Cortes Larraz Doctor made his diocese between 1768 and 1770 include the parish of Our Lady of Remedies which belonged to the village called San Pedro. He had 212 families with 663 people" Annexes ... Indian villages are given fruits and cultivated land; and so these people are caught maize, there are fruits and vegetables, which are brought to Goathemala in abundance and are much discretion to the Indians. The native language of the people is the kacchiquel and necessary for the administration "Among the Reflections." In the year 1757 they were stripped regulars some doctrines, various aggregations of peoples to the parishes of the remedies were made, of Candelaria and San Sebastian. To proceed in this fairly, the diocesan gave commission to Don Sancho Beard Figueroa, priest of Remedios, adding, or influenced to be added to his parish serving well useful of that dispossession and this were added the towns of San Pedro, Santa Isabel and others. "


La Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

El Zotz

El Zotz (Spanish pronunciation: [el sots]) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization, located in the Petén Basin region around 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of the major center of Tikal and approximately 26 kilometres (16 mi) west of Uaxactun. It is so called because of the large number of bats living in caves in the nearby cliffs (the original Mayan name was Pa'Chan). The site is located within the San Miguel la Palotada National Park bordering the Tikal National Park in the present-day department of Petén, Guatemala. It is a large Classic Period site and contains many unexcavated mounds and ruins.

El Zotz shared its Emblem Glyph with the powerful city of Yaxchilan in Chiapas, Mexico, and it is likely that the Yaxchilan royal dynasty had its origin in El Zotz.

The tallest temple structure is approximately 45 m (148 ft) high and is known as "El Diablo" (the devil), allegedly because the sides of the temple are dangerously steep. Conservation work has been carried out here by the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, including the construction of a rudimentary campsite for tourists. The area has caves and swamps and is a protected biotope. It is known for the hundreds of thousands of bats that fly out from under the cliffs at sunset.

Peten, Guatemala