Guatemala is known for its Mayan roots and vibrant culture, which makes it a great place for adventure and language travel. Because of its shape, the country is bordered by four different countries—Mexico to the north, Belize to the northeast, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast; as well as reaching the Pacific and the Caribbean. The country's abundance of biologically unique ecosystems makes the entire MesoAmerican region a biodiversity hotspot. Timeless architecture, archeological ruins, and volcanoes loom overhead wherever you go. The Mayan ruins of Tikal are to the north, Lake Atitilan and its small Mayan pueblos are to the south, and the Pacific coast beaches are to the west. Trek up nearby volcanos Volcan Pacaya, Volcan Agua, Volcan Acatenango, or Volcan Fuego or settle back and enjoy the small town vibe in La Antigua.
Antigua, Guatemala, is a charming, colonial city just 45km from the capital, Guatemala City. It is the most popular destination in the country for both tourists and Guatemalans alike, and is famous for its well preserved colonial architecture and spectacular ruins—so much so that the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.