Textiles and Handicrafts
The colorful textiles reflect the history and identity of the Mayan culture. The delicate embroideries and their meaning make each piece and artistic treasure. These textiles have evolved throughout the centuries, influenced by the particular culture of each group of people and the Mayan worldview. The creativity of artisans is unlimited. Especially in Guatemala and in some areas of Mexico, they use numerous techniques to work pottery, beautiful objects made of leather, silver, bronze, and natural fibers such as bamboo, and palm, as well as hand-blown glass pieces, fine jewelry, and wax candles.
Latin America is known to be the region where many species that now feed the world originated. Food such as beans, avocados, corn and chili peppers were first produced here. The cuisine of Guatemala and Central America blends Garifuna, Mayan and Spanish recipes, and the combination gives way to delicious and varied fare. Travelers can savor dishes prepared with local ingredients in each region of the country, all of which are considered to be the Heritage of the country.
Guatemala and the countries in Central America are the perfect destination for birdwatchers. It is home to more than hundreds of species (migratory and resident), out of which many are endemic to the countries to some degree. Because of the geographical location and the shape of its territory, the area is located on the route that thousands of migratory birds follow when traveling from the North of Central to South America every year, and it is one of their mandatory resting places along the way.
Guatemala is a great place to learn Spanish. Some of the most picturesque locations in the country have the best Spanish Schools. The specialized ‘one-on-one’ method gives learners the opportunity to experience a total immersion in the language and the Guatemalan culture. Guatemalan Spanish is spoken with a mostly neutral accent, and sentences are less blended, so learning is easier here. Schools offer various programs, from basic conversation courses to accelerated learning for those who have little time and need to increase their vocabulary to engage in high-level negotiations. If you are interested in getting your DELE Certificate by the Institute of Cervantes, you may be able to do so while traveling in Guatemala.
Weddings and Honeymoons
Spectacular landscapes, year-round spring weather, beautiful colonial cities, volcanic sights, tropical forests, and ceremonies held in churches dating back hundreds of years are some of the perks of choosing Guatemala as the place for a dream wedding or honeymoon. Its impressive Mayan culture, its historical heritage, and its natural beauty will ensure a unique and romantic experience.
Central America gives tourists the opportunity to do more than just travel. Volunteers can use their experience and energy to positively impact the country and help the communities. They can engage in activities that range from helping build schools, bridges and other types of basic infrastructure to participating in medical and veterinary consultations and supporting environmental-conservation projects. In addition, travelers are able to improve their Spanish.
Sustainable and Community Tourism
Guatemala is a country with incredible cultural wealth, and there are many organized rural communities that manage tourist activities to show visitors their cultural and natural heritage. Travelers can experience outdoor activities, such as hikes through forests, jungles, birdwatching, tours to plantations, visits to archeological sites, and artisan activities. Community members provide visitors with unforgettable experiences, sharing their work, their lifestyles and culture with them, first hand.
Meetings and Business Travel
Central America offers the best business tourism due to its privileged geographical location and the best hotel offering in Latin America. The infrastructure of the countries and experience to house congresses, conventions, and incentive travel is excellent. There are five-star hotels run by international and local chains, convention centers, and modern facilities to accommodate important events.
The Pacific Coast is considered the sailfish capital of the world and the best place to practice sport fishing, ensuring fishermen a unique and unforgettable experience. The Pacific waters of Guatemala hold world records for conventional and fly fishing, as well as the highest number of sailfish released in a single day. The best breeding grounds for sailfish in the whole world are located in this area.