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Tikal, Guatemala

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Tikal, Guatemala
One of the largest Mayan sites, it is worth arriving early in Flores so you can see the sun rise over the ancient ruins. Numerous sites have been uncovered, including Central Acropolis, Jaguar Temple and the Great Plaza. You will also have a great opportunity to see spider and howler monkeys, toucans and even a jaguar if you are lucky.
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El Mirador, Guatemala
El Mirador
This ancient site of Mayan ruins is deep in the jungle and difficult to access but is well worth a visit. Take a tour by horseback and visit sights including the 55m tall pyramid of El Tigre, the Danta complex and Nakbe.
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Antigua, Guatemala
An old colonial capital, Antigua has an amazing setting, based between three volcanoes. A walking tour of this World Heritage site is a great way to see the many ruins, monuments and old colonial buildings.
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City
There is so much to see and do in the country's hectic capital city. Visit the many churches and museums or explore the surrounding areas where you can climb volcanoes or enjoy all types of water-sports at Lago de Atitlan.
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
This small highlands town is best known for the markets where it is possible to buy anything from traditional Mayan fabrics and crafts to livestock. The local indigenous population still follow Mayan religions and hold regular processions.
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Monterrico, Guatemala
This coastal town is close to the capital and is Guatemala's main beach resort. The volcanic black sand beach is amazing and there are usually decent surfing waves. Many visitors just relax on the beach but there are also mangrove swamps and wildlife centres dedicated to hatching and releasing sea turtles and caimans.
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