Xocomil and Xetulul

Xocomil and Xetulul

Xocomil and Xetulul, collectively known as IRTRA, are the twin theme parks located in the southern department of Retalhuleu. Visiting a Guatemalan amusement park may rank low on your trip priorities, but the IRTRA combo is a breath of fresh air if you’ve been wandering the remote...

Guatemalan Comedores

The Guatemalan comedor is without a doubt one of the country’s greatest assets, and something we in the developed world should strive to emulate. One of the reasons it’s so cheap to travel in Guatemala is the prevalence of the magnificent comedor, which combines the...
Tikal

Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park, located 63 kilometers from Flores, is the most famous and frequently visited of Petén’s archeological sites. The combination of its gargantuan temples, diverse wildlife, and historical significance make it a must-see for any visitor to Guatemala. The remnants...
Ixil Region

The Ixil Region of Quiché

Heading north from Santa Cruz del Quiché, the highway climbs high into the mountains before splitting at El Tronque (the trunk). Choosing the left fork of the Tronque will lead you up through the clouds and over the ridge of the Cuchumatanes into the fascinating Ixil Region of...
Yaxhá

The Ruins of Yaxhá

The ruins of Yaxhá are 69 kilometers east of Flores above the shores of the Lagunas Yaxhá and Sacnab. Meaning ‘blue-green water,’ impressive Yaxhá is the third largest archaeological site in the country after Tikal and El Mirador. For two months in 2005, international attention...
Quiriguá

The Stelae of Quiriguá

In the heart of the lower Motagua Valley, Quiriguá showcases the remains of an important ceremonial center and trading post that linked the Mayan kingdoms of Tikal and Copán (Honduras). Surrounded by rainforest and banana plantations, the site holds the country’s tallest stelae,...
Language

Languages of Guatemala

The official language of Guatemala is Spanish, and 93% of the population speaks it with varying levels of fluency. In addition to Spanish, 24 other languages are spoken, 22 of them Amerindian languages spoken by Guatemala’s indigenous Mayan peoples. The remaining two are...