With warm, friendly people, wild landscapes, and deep-rooted culture, Guatemala is every bit as engaging as it is unique, but despite all of that, it still remains a relative secret to the outside world, with a tourist base largely made up of backpackers.

Guatemala’s extraordinary landscapes inspired Maya legends, and they continue to make an impression on those that visit the country today. It’s not hard to see why – smoking volcanoes and serene lakes pepper the south, and the north’s thick jungle–clad lowlands contain the remains of powerful Maya cities, now only inhabited by wild troops of monkeys and a stunning array of tropical birds. You’re going to find yourself utterly captivated by Guatemala’s own brand of mystery and magic. Trust us.