For your next escape, book a vacation rental in Guatemala. Guatemala is one of eight countries in Central America. It is bordered by Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, and Honduras, along with the Pacific Ocean to the South West and Caribbean to the East. The population is estimated at just over 13 million residents. The region is known for being full of unique ecosystems and is a hot spot for biodiversity. The capital is Guatemala City.
While it is uncertain where the name Guatemala came from, it is guessed to mean ‘the land of the high trees’ or ‘between the trees’. More than half of the population descends from the Mayan people and while the official language throughout the country is Spanish, many indigenous people do not actually speak it.
The region is filled with mountains, dispersed with deserts and hilly valleys. There are two main mountain chains which divide the country into three major regions: the highlands (of the mountains), the Pacific coast (to the south of the mountains) and the Petén region (north of the mountains). The majority of major cities are located in the former two regions, while Petén has few people residing there.
The climate and landscape varies greatly between the three regions, which makes for quite the contrast between the hot, humid tropical lowlands and colder peaks in the highlands. The region can be prone to powerful storms, flooding and mudslides that cause some concerns for travelers and locals alike.
Throughout the country, there are endless activities to embark on. From exploring the natural environment and hiking the volcanoes, to shopping the markets and experiencing the small villages, you’ll sure to be captivated. Some top places to visit include: Antigua, Lago de Izabal, Nebaj, Chichicastenango, or Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa – each with their own unique culture, rituals, and archaeological sites. If you’re looking to experience and meet with the locals in Guatemala, booking vacation rentals or condo rentals are your best bets here. Accommodations and lodging, while may be more difficult to find in smaller, less populated areas, is abundant in the bigger cities like Guatemala City.
Other tourist attracts that shouldn’t be missed in Guatemala include: exploring El Mirador and Tikal (Maya ruins), hiking Volcán de Pacaya (an active volcano at 2500m, just outside of Antigua), visiting the bustling market of Chichicastenango, or stopping by Lake Atitlan (a lake surrounded by volcanoes).
Regardless of what is on your itinerary in Guatemala, booking vacation rentals or condo rentals are the way to go for accommodations of choice. Living as with the locals will give an optimal sense of the history and customs throughout the country.
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