Guatemala is one of the most beautiful and underestimated surfing and vacation destinations in Central America. The country is technologically advanced and has beautiful cities, wonderful people, excellent food, and some of the finest surfing areas around. And the best part about surfing in Guatemala, is you will avoid the obvious and often crowded reefs and points in the neighboring countries to Guatemala from the north and south.
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Guatemala offers any visitor an experience unlike any other. With its beautiful diverse scenery and a culture that is filled with rich traditions your trip to Guatemala is bound to be filled with plenty of adventure.
Guatemala has a long Mayan history and culture, but the Spanish influence means it remains a Roman Catholic country. For this reason, many of its annual festivals are linked to religion and in true Latin American spirit, they are a spectacle to behold, a favorite being Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Often times events are merged with indigenous and uniquely Guatemalan culture, such as Semana Santa. Or for Mayan only festivals, there is the Coban Folklore Festival or Mayan New Year.
Coffee Harvest Celebration
Guatemala is a world-famed exporter of high quality coffee, and every February the town of Frajianes celebrates the arrival of the harvest. There are many great processions through the town with food and dancing on the 2nd and 4th.
Easter holy week takes place in March or April depending on the Christian calendar, and celebrations take place all around Guatemala. During the events, you will see Mayan traditions mixed with Catholicism.
Coban Folklore Festival
This annual festival takes place every year in late July or early August, and is known locally as Rabin Ajau. The town is located in the highlands, surrounded by cloud forests and coffee plantations, and exports cardamom and other spices. It showcases the indigenous traditions through music and dance, and a Mayan beauty queen is selected from various hopefuls.
Dia de la Asuncion
This annual festival celebrates the day of assumption on August 15 in Joyabaj. You will see the palo volador which features men swinging upside down from poles.
Dia de los Muertos
Literally translating to “Day of the Dead,” this popular Latin America festival is celebrated all over Guatemala on November 2 with the flying of kites in Santiago Sacatepéquez and wild horse racing in Todos Santos Cuchumatán. Be sure to sample fiambre, a local dish which is only served on this day.
Mayan New Year
The Mayan calendar only consisted of 260 days so the date of New Years varies. During the gathering, you will celebrate Mayan life and renewal at many of the sacred sites around Guatemala.
Pacaya National Park
A system of 4 dormant volcanoes and one active cone is one of the most visited of the 37 volcanoes in Guatemala and makes for a spectacular backdrop for investment property in Guatemala.
Guatemalan Coffee Farms
Guatemala boasts some of the best coffee in the world created with traditional pride and procedures.
Zip Lining the Canyons of Guatemala
Glide over the beautiful forests and canyons in Guatemala for an aerial view of some of the most beautiful countryside in Central America.
Savor the traditional Guatemalan flavors from Pepians to Arroz con Pollo or Guatemalan Salsa, these favorite Guatemalan dishes highlight the best of this Latin cuisine.
Cultural Parks of Guatemala
Explore the rich Guatemalan Cultural History at the many parks throughout the cities of Guatemala to learn about the culture rich in ancient traditions.
Guatemalan Public Markets are brimming with hand made crafts from local artisans. Colorful paper mache animals, hand woven tapestries and embroidered clothing are the highlights of the Public Markets in Guatemala.
Glass Blowing Studios
The Glass Blowing Studios throughout Guatemala are rich in both Pre-Hispanic glass lbowing artifacts as well as modern contemporary glass collections.