Guatemala Vacations

For centuries, Guatemala was part of the center of the Mayan civilization. And it was the Mayan culture that created numerous temples, palaces and were also known for the knowledge of astronomy and mathematics. Today, over 60% of the Guatemalan population consists members of the original Mayan indigenous groups. During the 1500's when the Spaniards arrived the Mayans were defeated and the people came under the control of the Spanish. With the overthrow of the Spanish King by Napoleon in the 1800's, Guatemala took the opportunity to declare their independence in 1821. For many years the country was ravaged by civil war between the communist and military factions. Then finally in 1996 a peace treaty was signed between the government and the rebels. Guatemala is a popular tourist designation because of its numerous archaeological sites and pre-Hispanic cities.

Guatemala Vacation Rentals and Guatemala Hotels

Guatemala Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Guatemala

Experience Tikal, an abandoned Mayan city located in the rainforest of Guatemala that is believed to have been built in 200-900 AD.

Stroll through the beautiful city of Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, which was founded in the early 16th century. Today it has numerous examples of Baroque style of architecture from the 18th century that has been carefully preserved.