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Guatemala is one of those rare destinations that rewards even the most jaded traveler - a place where indigenous culture perserveres, and where no superlatives can accurately capture the grandeur of the landscape.
In the Highlands, it seems there's always a volcano looming over your shoulder, and beautiful lakes large and small are scattered among pine, cloud and rain forests. This fabulous geography means travelers can hike, bike, dive, ride, cave, kayak and play at outdoor adventures activities ad infinitum.
GUATEMALA TOURS AND TRAVEL:
Rio Dulce Tours,
ANTIGUA Tours, Travel and Activities
Antigua is a UNESCO-protected city, a colonial jewel and one of the highlights of Guatemala. Antigua was the capital city of the Spanish kingdom in the region until 1776.
The Spanish Colonial style permeates every part of the town: from its houses and churches, to its parks and ruins.
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FLORES Tours, Travel and Activities
Flores is the capital city of Peten department of Guatemala. The population is 13,700 (2003).
The old part of the city is located on an island on Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a short causeway. On the mainland are the suburb towns of Santa Elena and San Benito.
In Pre-Columbian times, Flores was the Maya city of Tayasal.
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PANAJACHEL Tours, Travel and Activities
Panajachel is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, in the department of Sololá. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name. The altitude is 5,238 feet (1,573 mts). The population is 11,142.
The town of Panajachel is located on the shore of Lake Atitlán, and has become a centre for the tourist trade of the area as it provides a base for visitors crossing the lake to visit other towns and villages.
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RIO DULCE Tours, Travel and Activities
Rio Dulce ("Sweet River") is a river in Guatemala. It is part of a lake and river system that has become a very popular cruising sailboat destination. It is entered at the town of Livingston.
The river meanders for six miles in a spectacular gorge. The sides of the gorge rise up to 300 feet on either side and are covered with teak, mahogany and palms. Wild flowers bloom throughout the foliage and howler monkeys and toucans can be seen. Waterfalls flow over the lip of the gorge after rainfalls.
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GUATEMALA: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE
The most striking feature of Guatemala is its people. A visit to the raucous, colorful markets in towns such as Chichicastenango or Sololá will give you a feel for the palpable living culture of Guatemala's indigenous population.
You'll rarely receive a brusque reception from any Guatemalan, and with their infectiously amicable and helpful manner, it's the Guatemalans themselves who really make traveling in Guatemala special
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