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Guatemala, officially known as the Republic of Guatemala, is located in Central America and borders Mexico. It is a representative democracy, and it's capital city is Guatemala de la Asuncion, also known as Guatemala City. The name "Guatemala" means the "place of many trees," and it is a translation of the Mayan language.

Use Orbitz.com to plan your trip to Guatemala, where you can visit the Volcano Pacaya, an active volcano, or Tikal National Park, which is one of the first mixed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can also find tours on Orbitz.com that will let you explore the country of Guatemala.

Best time to take a trip to Guatemala

The best time to go to Guatemala depends on what you want to experience. December through March is the high season, so it is likely that more events and activities will be available. The climate has wet and dry seasons, since Guatemala is a tropical country. The rainy season is generally May through October, and the dry season normally falls between November and April. Most holidays in the area are related to the Roman Catholic Church, so the major holidays include Christmas, New Year, and Easter. The Holy Week (Easter week) is a major holiday time in Guatemala, and many offices and banks are closed during the week.

Insider tips for Guatemala travel

Iglesia de San Francisco

This beautiful church has unique statues, like Jesus Nazareno del Perdon, that make it a must-see location.

Playa Mayor de la Constitucion

This central park is a great place to visit to learn about local life. A popular gathering spot on Sundays, this location is filled with food stalls, musical performances, and more.

Mundo Petapa Irtra

This amusement park is located in Guatemala City, just 4 miles from the city center.

Metropolitan Cathedral

A Baroque church with ornate altars, statues, and more to enjoy.

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

This museum shows off the textiles and clothing of the Mayan people, the indigenous community of Guatemala.

Things to do in Guatemala

Edificio de Correos Central

For architecture, the cantaloupe-colored post office can't be beat. The old style is ideal for those looking to explore ancient style.

National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

A vast collection of Mayan artifacts are collected here, making it the perfect stop for those interested in the ancient culture.

Relief Map

A scaled map that shows the geography and features of the country. The map is located in Guatemala City.

Temple IV

In Tikal National Park, this temple is the highest structure in Tikal. The 212-foot structure is an ancient ruin.

Canopy Tours Tikal

Take a horseback ride through ancient ruins in Tikal with this touring service.

Temple II

Visit this temple to see the beautiful ruins of architecture from long ago.

Lost World

This complex includes the Great Pyramid, which is the oldest visible building at the Mayan ruins in Tikal.

Tikal Museum

The Tikal National History Museum is home to special artifacts from the surrounding Mayan Ruins.

Los Elementos Adventure Center

This is a base camp for Lake Atitlan, where you can choose to go on kayaking adventures and hiking trails.

Los Elementos Day Spa

This gorgeous spa is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

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