THE GUATEMALA REGION

Colonial & Modern

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GUATEMALA CITY

Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion was the name given to the capital of the city right after its transition from Valle de la Ermita, commonly known as “Antigua Guatemala” a few years after Santa Martas’ earthquake shook the ground and destroyed the old capital’s infrastructure. Despite the aftermath, the city has significantly improved over the years in terms of population surplus, growth, infrastructure, and foreign investment, positioning the city as the biggest in Central America. Nevertheless, over the past decade, it has suffered environmental degradation such as trash accumulation due to many reasons. Despite all odds, Guatemala City offers a great opportunity for new tourists to discover an excellent gastronomical experience in many different local restaurants and shares a remarkable geographic advantage to enjoy outdoor activities in many ecological parks, shop in local organic retail stores, undertake visits to museums and to the old town.

 

La Antigua

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Antigua Guatemala, originally named Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala is located approximately 25 kilometers from Guatemala City. The colonial city is considered the most visited place in the country because it still bears the architectural heritage dating back 500 years ago and is declared a cultural heritage by the UNESCO. On the other hand, the city is nourished with culture, history, and architecture yet its most important attraction is the culinary experience that visitors tend to enjoy the most. Aside from the city center, within the outskirts of the city, you may also find other attractive activities such as hiking tracks, recreation parks, and natural sightseeing spots. Due to recent events, the city has witnessed environmental threats like the new waste dump located in El Choconal mainly caused by irresponsible waste management. For this reason, we recommend always reusing, recycle and reduce waste.

UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its declared purpose is to contribute to promoting international collaboration in education, sciences, and culture in order to increase universal respect for justice.