Guatemala is a Central American nation of contrasts. From the tropical jungles in the northern lowlands, and the pacific and Caribbean coasts, to the cool highlands, where you’ll find the most populated areas, this is a destination with a difference. Visitors can discover links with the ancient Mayan civilisation that used to call it home, explore the large colourful weekly markets, with their selection of craft vendors in Chichicastenango, or walk under a jungle canopy in Tikal. Here you can see towering temples and plazas and maybe even spot monkeys in the trees. Tourists are well catered for in many areas, but for a balance of local culture, sites and facilities in a ‘not too big’ area, head for Quetzaltenango. Attractions include an art museum, a zoological park, cathedral, and neoclassical Edificio Rivera. Guatemala is a place to awaken your senses; an experience full of visual and cultural surprises.