The Great Jaguar, Tikal

Tikal or Tik'al is one of the largest archaeological sites, located in the department of Petén, within the Maya Biosphere Reserve that covers more than 15,000 km2. The park occupies 576 km, which is 222 mi2. The ruins occupy approximately 24 km2. 80% of the ruins have not been excavated, only 30% of the ruins have not been signposted.

Meaning of tikal

Tikal means "Place of the voices" in Mayan language.

How to get

It is located 549 kms away from Guatemala City, in the department of Petén. It goes by the route of the Atlantic (CA-9) to the municipality of Morales, then follows the route from Rio Dulce to the City of Flowers (CA-13). From where is 64 km away. Once in Flores, take the CA-13 that leads to Mechor de Mencos, and at Aldea Ixlú take the detour to the left, that goes to El Remate and by this road you will arrive at the entrance to the park.

Its 5 main temples are:

  • Temple I or Temple of the Great Jaguar, with a height of 44 meters.
  • Temple II or Temple of the Masks, with 37metros.
  • Temple III or Temple of the Priest Jaguar, with 60 meters.
  • Temple IV or Temple of the Serpent of two Heads, with 70 meters.
  • Temple V with 59 meters.


Castle of San Felipe de Lara

Old building that protects the entrance by the Dulce river in Izabal. Its architectural vestiges are attractive that invite year-round tourists from all over the world.

Maritime piracy caused the need to create a guard at the exit and entry of boats in Izabal. That's how they built the Castillo de San Felipe. The year 1560 marked the beginning of the Castle, when he began to build part of it to collect taxes. Then with time the construction was expanded and became the building that we can visit today.

Over the years, the maritime activity of the area declined considerably and Rio Dulce lost much of its economic importance and now the castle remains as a memory, a witness of past times and tourist attraction.

In the interior of the tourist area, before the castle, it is possible to find young people who braid the hair of visitors, as well as shops with souvenirs of the place.

Once inside the castle, it is possible to visit each of its parts because the task of restoration has been extensive and successful. The view from the top of the tower is interesting. There are also boat rides to the surrounding area. To get to the Castle from Guatemala City you must take the Carretera al Atlántico, towards the east and head towards the department of Izabal. You will pass through El Progreso and Quirigua. If you travel from the north (Petén) you should go south towards Izabal and if you travel from Honduras or El Salvador, look for the most convenient route towards the Atlantic Road towards Izabal. From the West the most practical is to cross the country passing through the Capital (this while the Transversal del Norte is completed under construction).

Once in Izabal, having crossed the bridge of Rio Dulce, you will find the signs that indicate the way to the castle. This tourist destination is approximately 3 hours from the capital of Guatemala.

Sacatepéquez Antigua Guatemala

  • Region: Central Region
  • Distance: 27.96 miles.
  • Inhabitants: 248,019
  • Extension: 465 Kms2
  • latitude: 14 ° 33 '24
  • Length: 90 ° 44 '02
  • Height: 1.53 MSM


Its name comes from the word pipil "sacat" which means "mount or grass" and "tepec" meaning "hill", so it translates as "grassy hill". Its departmental chief, Old Guatemala, is known as the "city of perpetual roses", and was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Antigua Guatemala was founded in 1542 and was the capital of the post-captain general From Guatemala until it was destroyed by the earthquake of Santa Marta in 1773 which forced to move the city to its current location. (The capital was founded on July 25, 1524 in Iximché and was moved by problems with the natives to the Valle de Almolonga, on November 22, 1527. This capital 2a was destroyed by an avalanche of mud coming down from the Volcano Crater Of Water on September 11, 1541.) In addition to the Spanish Cakchikel is spoken. A great variety of folkloric dances appear in at least 11 of their municipalities. Its main terrestrial communication channel is the Inter-American Highway CA-1; At the height of San Lucas Sacatepéquez deviates to reach Old Guatemala, crosses Parramos and connects again with the Inter-American Highway in Chimaltenango. The other route goes from San Lucas Sacatepéquez passes through Chimaltenango and extends the other departments of the West. Another important route is the national 10, which leaves from Old Guatemala, crosses Palín and reaches Escuintla, where it connects with the CA-9 Interoceanic. Antigua Guatemala is one of the tourist destinations par excellence of this department. Tourism is the first generator of income for the Colonial City, followed by coffee - one of the best coffees in the country and the region. The great amount of traditional crafts that make here and those that are of aesthetic quality and also represents a very important item. Among oral traditions, they tell the psychic legend of the apparition and bore in pain, as the legend of the hatter, the weeping, the prayers, the chair, the headless priest. The Spanish language and the cakchiquel predominate in this department, in the speech of Antigua Guatemala.


  • Museum of Arms of Santiago
  • Museum of the Old Book
  • Museum of Colonial Art House of K'ojom (Museum of Music)
  • House Popenoe
  • House of the Old Fabric
  • Museum of Brother Pedro Ruinas
  • Archiepiscopal Cathedral and Palace
  • Santa Clara Convent
  • Church and Conventís Francisco
  • Convent of the Capuchin Church
  • Convento Merced Cloister of San Jerónimo
  • Santo Domingo Church and Convent
  • Convent of the Harvest
  • Local craft market

Solola panajachel panajachel lake atitlan

  • Region: West
  • Distances: 126 Kms.
  • Inhabitants: 307,661
  • Extension: 1,061 Kms2
  • Latitude: 14 ° 46'26
  • Length: 91 ° 11'15
  • Height: 2,114 MSM


As at present the territory of the department of Sololá was occupied by three towns, k'iche ', tz'utujil and cakchiquel. One of the most important indigenous documents is the Memorial of Sololá, also known as Memorial Tecpán Atitlán, Annals of the Cakchiqueles or Annals of the Xahil. This document was written by two members of the Xahil family, Francisco Hernández Arana and Francisco Díaz, between 1573 and 1610, as a title or test for a judicial process. This department offers two main natural attractions: volcanoes (San Pedro, Tolimán and Atitlán) and the imposing lake of Atitlán. The lake is 5,000 feet high and is 18 km long. There are two versions of the formation of the lake: first, the lake is an old dead crater and the other that the eruption of the volcanoes interrupted the course of the three rivers that come from the north, Origin to the lake. The lake has no visible water drainage. Around this geographical feature goes up around the legend of "Xocomil". The etymology of Xocomil, comes from the cakchiqueles voices Xocom, jocom = to collect; Il = sins, which is the wind that collects the sins of the inhabitants of the towns situated on the shore of the lake. Its main means of communication are the highway that crosses its territory and this is the Inter-American CA-1 that to the West takes to Quetzaltenango until arriving at the border with Mexico. It also has the National Routes 11 and 15, as well as with suitable departmental routes that join to each other to the different municipalities and with the neighboring departments. On the banks of the lake there are 12 villages, which can be visited on a boat route, called "the 12 apostles to them": - Panajachel - Laguna San Jorge - Laguna Santa Cruz - Laguna San Marcos - Laguna San Pablo Of speaking Castilian, three Maya languages ​​are also spoken, Quiché, Tzutuhil and Cakchiquel are spoken. This is one of the most important enclaves of tourism in Guatemala. Sololá offers ecotourism, climbing, ecotourism, cultural tourism, bird watching, archeology, canopy, coffee tour, etc. The beauty of Monterrico begins even before you arrive at this place, as the trip to the city is as beautiful as the places you will see upon arrival. It will begin when you arrive at La Avellana. From the bay through mangroves, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of civilization and immersed in the beauty of nature and tranquility. And that, once you have reached Monterrico, much of the hustle and bustle are still far away. The people and atmosphere of the city are of authentic life. He does not fake much here. There are only a few comfortable beach hotels, a couple of Spanish schools and a small crowd of enthusiasts like tanning people, swimmers and surfers. Of course, keep in mind that Pacific waters can be harsh and dangerous.

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