Volcán de Fuego, an active stratovolcano in Guatemala, is on the borders of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepéquez departments. Sitting about 16 kilometres west of Antigua, the volcano is joined with Acatenango and collectively the complex is known as La Horqueta. One of Guatemala's most famous tourist destinations, Volcán de Fuego, is almost constantly active at a low level. Small gas and ash eruptions occur every 15 to 20 minutes, although larger eruptions are rare.
Guatemala is an amazing travel destination and home to many historic and natural attractions such as; volcanoes, rainforests, and ancient Mayan sites. This has led to the establishment and preservation of prominent documentation structures. Eight amazing attractions in Guatemala will be explored in this article; get ready as your bucket list might have an addiction.
1. Volcán de Fuego, , Guatemala -
2. Lake Atitlán, , Guatemala -
A beautiful body of water in a massive volcanic crater, Lake Atitlán is located in Guatemala's southwestern highlands. The volcanic lake ringed by steep, verdant hills is known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes with striking pointed cones. A popular gateway to the lake is the busy town of Panajachel, where vendors sell traditional textiles. The Atitlán nature reserve offers trails and a butterfly garden on a former coffee plantation.
3. TIKAL National Park, Tikal, Guatemala -
The ruin of an ancient city, Tikal National Park, which encompasses 575 square kilometers of jungle and thousands of ruined structures, was found in a rainforest in Guatemala. Asides from being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Archeologists have estimated that the Maya settled in the area now known as Tikal in about 900 BC. Located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now northern Guatemala, Tikal has evolved into an important ceremonial, cultural, and commercial center.
4. Semuc Champey, San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala -
Also referred to as the place where the river hides under the stones, Semuc Champey is a natural monument in Alta Verapaz's department, near the Q'eqchi' Maya town of Lanquín. Semuc Champey, which consists of a natural 300 m limestone bridge; under which the Cahabón River passes, hosts a popular swimming attraction atop the bridge; a series of stepped, turquoise pools. No doubt, the best and most popular way to see Semuc Champey unparalleled, in all its glory, is from the "El Mirador" (valley) viewpoint.
5. Acatenango, Acatenango, Guatemala -
A stratovolcano in Guatemala, close to the city of Antigua, Acatenango has two peaks which are; Pico Mayor (Highest Peak) and Yepocapa (3,880 m), which is also known as Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters). As stated earlier, Acatenango, which towers above the landscape at 13,041 ft / 3,976 m, is joined with Volcán de Fuego. Asides from providing panoramic views of the entire region, Acatenango gives hikers a spectacular view of the very active Volcán Fuego.
6. Laguna Brava, , Guatemala -
Laguna Brava (Spanish for wild or rough lake), also known as Yolnabaj, is a karstic lake in Guatemala. Close to the border with Mexico, the lake, situated in the municipality of Nentón, is fed by several streams and subterraneous watercourses. Transformed into a nature reserve, the area around Laguna Brava has been inhabited by Mayan communities of the Chuj ethnicity since the 19th century.
7. Pacaya, , Guatemala -
Another active complex volcano in Guatemala, Pacaya, first erupted about 23,000 years ago and has erupted at least 22 times since the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. Rising to an elevation of 2,552 meters (8,372 ft), much of its activity is Strombolian, but occasional Plinian eruptions also occur, sometimes showering the nearby Departments area with ash. Quite a popular tourist attraction, Pacaya, which sits inside the Escuintla Department, lies 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Guatemala City and close to Antigua.
8. Volcán San Pedro, , Guatemala -
Volcán San Pedro, a 3,020-metre stratovolcano on the shores of Lago de Atitlán, is situated in the Sololá Department of southern Guatemala. Famous for its spectacular peak and the panorama it offers, Volcán San Pedro, which the village of San Pedro La Laguna sits at its base, is indeed beautiful.