Coffee lovers aren’t the only ones who hear Guatemala calling them: this country could not be more ideal for those travelers who want an action-packed holiday, whether that be through outdoor activities like hiking – up the side of a volcano, as the case may be – or exploring remnants of an ancient culture. Guatemala was the seat of the Mayan civilization and saw the dawn of a newer one with the Spanish conquests. Visit the beautifully restored temples of Tikal, the locals around Lake Atitlan, or the coffee plantations of Antigua, and be fascinated by this country that saw first residents settle as far back as 18,000 B.C. Guatemala, a comparatively small country full of fault lines, seismic activity, and 29 volcanoes contributes a large amount of coffee and jade to the rest of the world.

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