Together with 37 volcanoes, 23 individual languages, 19 different ecosystems and countless Mayan and Colonial destroys, it is no surprise that Guatemala - a nation no bigger than Tennessee - is mentioned four times in the #1 Bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Antigua, Guatemala’s most beautiful and historical town, is like having a tiny bit of Europe, just south of the boundary, but in a fraction of the cost.
Nestled between three dramatic volcanoes in Central America, Antigua, Guatemala is among the world’s earliest and most beautiful colonial cities. This majestic, 400 year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most visited city in Central America and its popularity only continues to grow since recently underscored by its own winning”TOP City” in the Wanderlust’s 2009 Travel Awards, beating out more than 600 other popular world destinations.
In Antigua travelers investigate the ruins, museums, art galleries, art galleries, restaurants and shops that are scattered throughout the famous cobblestone streets of the former capital of Guatemala. Centrally situated, Antigua is also the ideal base from which to take short trips to other popular destinations such as Lake Atitlan, the Pacific Coast and the world famous Mayan Temples of Tikal. Called the”land of the eternal spring”, Antigua has a humidity-free average temperature of 75 degrees all year round, so there’s never a bad time to see.
So whether you prefer a leisurely horse carriage ride during this centuries old city, or a day in the outdoor market discovering incredible hand-crafted paintings, or even a heart-pounding excursion throughout the tree-tops on a zip-line… whatever could inspire and renew you’re likely to be found in Antigua…
ABOUT El Mirador heli-tour occurs when you’re gazing in the towering volcanoes disappearing into the distance as you encounter an ancient, blue coloured lake on your way to discover your next lakeside Mayan Village. Or maybe it strikes you when you are admiring the rising sun on a morning at a place so beautiful that it makes you catch your breath. Here, in this magical place, it happens - you disconnect, then reconnect to something which profoundly enhances and renews.
Considered to be one of the most gorgeous lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is a gorgeous natural wonder that’s seduced travelers for centuries. Ringed by three soaring volcanoes, the crystal blue lake of Atitlan is home to more than a dozen lakeshore villages. In lots of the villages the Mayan culture is still prevalent and the standard dress is still worn.
Complementing the standard villages are some”amazing tourist towns” like Panajachel, San Marcos and San Pedro, where travelers from around the world meet, mix and have fun. Atitlan is a really unique wonder of the Earth, or as one recent visitor described it - Lake Atitlan is similar to having too much of a fantastic thing! Just a brief distance from the lake will be the world famous open market of Chichicastenango. In Chichi, tourists get a glimpse into a different world full of Mayan rituals, rituals, processions and obviously an endless selection of magnificent and authentic Guatemalan handmade products.
The undisputed center of Ancient Mayan Society, Tikal sits at the center of Guatemala’s northern rain forest -which makes this sacred area the house of Mayan history in addition to home to hundreds of species of monkeys, toucans and parakeets.
The Tikal National Park, a protected place some 370 square km, is a shifting, mystical experience for visitors - highlighted by the magnificent pyramid ruins of the lost Mayan world. For many years visitors from all over the globe have come to Tikal to transfer their heads, spirits and bodies back in time whilst watching a new day dawn at sunrise as they’re surrounded by the ancient Temples of Tikal.
ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA - RESOURCES & ACCOMMODATIONS
* One of the most beautiful and distinctive attributes of Antigua are the spectacular 400-year-old ruins that may be found on nearly every corner of the enchanting, centuries-old city. Many of these ruins can really be leased for various private events - making any celebration, meeting, ceremony or wedding uniquely memorable.
This resort warrants serious attention from anyone planning a trip to Antigua.
* Another luxury hotel in Antigua that has opened is El Convento. This resort is best described as a boutique version of Casa Santa Domingo Hotel.