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Guatemala
 

A country with natural, historical and cultural appeal, it's the birthplace and heartland of the Maya.

The temples of Tikal, surrounded by jungle, is the most impressive of all the Maya sites.

The Rio Dulce a fresh water river, surrounded by jungle is a popular hurricane hole for cruisers.
The area called "the Rio Dulce" begins at the Caribbean town of Livingston. Going upriver, one passes through a spectacular steep walled canyon lined with jungle vegetation and wildlife. The river then widens into a small lake, El Golfete, the shores of which are lined with beautiful locations, Mayan settlements and a manatee reserve. The river then narrows and passes the towns of Fronteras and El Relleno where there is an abundance of hotels, restaurants, marinas, services for boaters, communications and transportation. A little further and the river widens into 590 square kilometer Lake Izabal, the largest lake in Guatemala.

Antigua, the former capital, with an incredible legacy of colonial architecture, is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in Guatemala. Its setting, beneath three dramatic volcanoes, Agua (3766 m), Fuego (3763 m), and Acatenango (3976 m), is majestic. Fuego erupted on the 8th of August 2007, providing a spectacular light shows at night. Unbelievable at the right time to be at the right place to see this sensation.

Chichicastenango, this highland town has twice weekly an impressive colourful indigenous market for food, textile and souvenirs.

The awesome crater lake of Lago de Atitlan encircled by three volcanoes is one of the world's most beautiful lakes.

Soak away in Finca el Paraiso. The  hot spring waterfall cascades into pools cooled by a separate chilly flow of fresh river water, creating a sublime, steamy spa-like environment.

Castillo de San Felipe looks like a miniature castle and marks the entrance to Lago de Izabal. It is a tribute to the audacity of British pirates, who used to sail up the Rio Dulce to raid supplies and harass mule trains. The Spanish were so infuriated by this that they built the fortress to seal off the entrance to the lake.


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