Guatemala offers Central America in concentrated form with its most active and highest volcanoes, its most impressive Mayan ruins, its most devastating earthquakes and its history of repression decidedly world-class. Guatemala is the Mayan heartland of Central America. Despite this, indigenous Guatemalan culture is alive and well. It survives in the ancient ruins of Tikal, the Mayan/Catholic rituals of Chichicastenango and the blazing colors of everyday Mayan dress. Since the peace treaties were signed, Guatemala has been rolling out the red carpet to once-isolated and lovely villages with access to some of Central America’s wildest natural wonders.

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