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  • Lake Atitlan is considered by many to be the most beautiful lake in the world. Graced by three near-symmetrical volcanoes, the massive crater lake is a tranquil place to spend a few days, weeks or months. width:640;;height:412
  • UNESCO World Heritage City, historic Antigua, is deservedly one of the country's most visited destinations. width:635;;height:480
  • Templo I at Tikal Mayan ruins towers gracefully over the ancient city's main plaza. width:363;;height:480
  • Rainforest surroundinig Tikal is home to Toucans and  many other tropical birds, mammals and reptiles. width:617;;height:480
  • Descendents of the original Mayansl live throughout Guatemala. A majority still wear their colorful traditional hand-woven clothing, like these girls awaiting a boat on Lake Atitlan. width:514;;height:480
  • Mayans from villages near Antigua set up markets on weekends at the base of these majestic ruins, a result of the 1776 earthquake that devastated Antiqua. width:614;;height:402
  • Guatemala's small slice of Caribbean coast offers palm trees, thatched pavilions, wooden fishing piers and a slew of visiting sailboats between Livingston and Rio Dulce. width:640;;height:423
  • Chichicastentenango, in the highlands north of Lake Antigua, is famed for it's multi-hewed cemetery. width:634;;height:480
  • Guatemala's public buses always add a splash of vibrant color to roads, villages and cities. width:640;;height:476
  • Road signs in Antigua are placed on building corners rather than hanging on poles. width:311;;height:400
  • Majestic Mt. Agua towers over Antigua' main square. The stunning volcano, visiible from most points in the city, is so prominent that it's used as the main directional landmark. width:635;;height:480
  • Graceful El Merced Cathedral is Antigua's most majestic church. Built by the Spanish in the mid 1700s, El Merced is still a functioning Catholic church today. width:635;;height:480
  • Antigua's cobblestone streets are lined by restored Spanish buildings, full of beautiful architectural detailing and painted in warm vibrant colors. width:632;;height:480
  • The city is full of gorgeous doors and entryways. One morning at sunrise I came across this local man returning home from an errand. width:637;;height:480
  • Equally stunning windows grace Antigua's charming homes, shops, restaurants and hotels. width:362;;height:480
  • Antigua is also an artisic enclave, with several impressive art galleries set up in beautifully-renovated historic buildings.  width:640;;height:466
  • On weekends marimba players perform on Calle 5, which is blocked off from traffic,  just north of the main plaza. width:640;;height:389
  • From rooftops in Antigua, residents and visitors alike can witness  Mt. Fuego spewing thick clouds of smoke throughout the day. width:612;;height:448
  • Volcanoes at Lake Atitlan help create the lake's spectacular sunrise and sunset landscapes. width:636;;height:480
  • Every morning starts with a unique color display over the serene lake. width:635;;height:480
  • For decades, more spiritually-inclinded westerners have recognized Lake Atitlan's magical serenity. They flock to lakeside San Marcos village for sunrise meiditations, yoga, massages and other healing arts. width:363;;height:480
  • The entryway to San Marcos village sums up its unique ambiance and lifestyle. width:601;;height:480
  • A small regional park adjacent to San Marcos provides forested walkways, lakeside platforms, swimming and stunning views. width:640;;height:421
  • Twilight at Lake Atitlan from the hillsides over Panajachel. width:640;;height:458
  • Chichicastenango is equally famed for its bi-weekly traditional Mayan market - largest in Guatemala. At dawn local vendors bustle around carrying heavy loads while flower shops crop up on the steps of Santo Tomas Church. width:640;;height:396
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  • An alley of meat shops lies just off ChiChi's main market plaza. width:635;;height:480
  • ...and its colorful cemetery stands on the hilllside overlooking town. width:635;;height:480
  • Guatemala's Pacific coast is lined by dark volcanic sand beaches, palm trees and modest resorts in all price ranges, like this one at Monterrico. width:640;;height:411
  • Visitors can grab a bit of poolside luxury during midday, when the black sand beaches are scorchingly hot. width:617;;height:480
  • In far northern Guatemala hot, steamy jungles predominate. Tikal temples have been recovered from dense vegetation that had swallowed them for centuries. width:640;;height:336
  • Tikal's main plaza. width:635;;height:480
  • Stunning views await visitors who climb to the top of Templo 6 at Tikal. Templos I, II and V pier the top of the surrounding jungle. width:640;;height:430
  • Massive trees grace the forest at Tikal. width:363;;height:480
  • ...as do colorful jungle birds like this Scarlet Macau. width:365;;height:480
  • Guatemala's second largest lake - Lago Peten Itza - lies just 50 km from Tikal. Charming Flores town is situated on a tiny island in the lake and is a popular travel destination. width:637;;height:480
  • Like Antigua, Flores is full of cobblesotone roads lined by historic European-style architecture. width:366;;height:480
  • Dawn at Livingston on Guatemala's Caribbean coast. width:635;;height:480
  • A particularly golden sunrise at Livingston. width:636;;height:480
  • ...while back at Lake Atitlan distant Volcano Pacaya spews dense smoke and lava for a few mornings at dawn in Dec, 2015. width:640;;height:439
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