This country has a very diverse ecosystem and culture, which makes it a huge tourist destination in South America.
Major cities, located in the southern half of Guatemala, include:
After 36 years of armed conflict from 1960-1996, Guatemala has managed to achieve some level of democracy.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Capital: Guatemala City
Climate: Guatemala enjoys very tropical weather with hot days and cool nights. Temperatures are significantly lower in the mountains.
Currency: Quetzal - Currently 1 GTQ = 0.1317 USD
Languages: Spanish and 23 distinct Mayan languages are spoken.
Power: 120 V, 60 Hz
Time Zone: Standard Time -0600 UTC
La Aurora National Zoo is a must if you are on a family vacation. Go to the Edificio de Correos Central to experience the historical center. The central market is perfect if you want to buy some souveniers. Palacio Nacional and Centro Cultural Miguel Angel Asturias-Teatro Nacional are also great attractions.
Bar El Establo is the perfect place to grab a beer and enjoy some great food. Brass Beer and Co. also serves good beer. Europa offers fine cocktails and beers. Go to Antigua, which is full of clubs and restaurants. Metropole is a gay bar where people from all ages can gather. NYX is probably the best place in Guatemala City if you are looking for a night of dancing and drinking.
While Hotel Vista Real Guatemala is far away from the city's center, it is one of the most beautiful hotels in town and it offers excellent service, food, and bedrooms. The Westin Camino Real is a fabulous hotel with equally beautiful facilities.