From the slopes of the Pacaya Volcano to the sands of Monterrico

Guatemala draws travellers from far and wide due in part to its Caribbean and Pacific shorelines. Come for the beaches, but stay for the many other activities of these two beautiful regions. Along the Caribbean coast, guided tours are available to the Pacaya Volcano, or head south to the Pacific coast and the striking black sands of Monterrico.

You may want to stay in Livingston on the Caribbean coast while exploring this area. The city offers fantastic culture along with exceptional accommodation. From the boutique hotels to the local inns, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. Accommodation is less diverse along the Pacific Coast, but there are plenty of options available in nearby Antigua.

A snapshot of Mayan history

The Peten region encompasses dense tropical rainforests punctuated by ancient ruins and Mayan culture. Heritage-listed Tikal is one of the most fascinating of these archaeological sites. This expansive site offers many ancient structures with archaeologists still uncovering its ruins. The park also has a visitor's centre, canopy tour and museum.

Perhaps one of the most interesting cities of the Peten region is the island city of Flores. It is the closest city to Tikal and includes a sweep of character-filled boutique hotels. The Hotel Casa Amelia boasts beautiful views of the lake, while the Hotel Casona de la Isla provides friendly service.

Discover Antigua's old-world sophistication

Antigua is a picturesque city surrounded by three volcanoes. Historic architecture abounds and, located just north of the city, the expansive markets of Chichicastenango present a perfect opportunity to pick up a few souvenirs. Staying in Antigua is a pleasure with a huge range of hotels to choose from. Starting at 4 stars, you'll find plenty of quality options with prices to suit all budgets.

Head west to experience the full scope of beautiful scenery through the highlands. Villages sit amongst expansive fields and pine forests with hiking trails offering panoramic vistas. This region is also home to the Lago de Atitlan, a crater lake that dazzles with its incredible beauty.

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