Guatemala is fast becoming a tourist hotspot as travellers from around the world discover its vast cultural heritage and stunning landscapes.
Bordered by Mexico, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador, the country generated more than $1.42 billion through tourism in 2012 - and increased figures are expected this year as visitors continue to spread the word of their stay.
There is plenty to discover in Guatemala, with spectacular Maya artefacts, villages and monuments on show almost everywhere you go, not to mention incredible natural landmarks such as Pacaya Volcano and Lake Atitlan.
But it's not just historical explorations that are pulling in travellers. A tourist infrastructure allows thousands of holidaymakers to experience this vibrant country in all its glory, providing authentic shopping experiences to enjoy.
So there is something for everyone, whether you want a cosmopolitan city break or a trek through the wilderness by an active volcano.
The Guatemala Highlands is without doubt one of the country's greatest attractions. Lying between the Sierra Madre de Chiapas to the south and the Peten lowlands to the north, the area is made up of a series of high valleys enclosed by mountains.
It is the perfect environment for hiking or a day trip, although try not to get lost in its incredible natural beauty!
For those who want to immerse themselves in Maya traditions, one of the largest Maya handicrafts markets in the world takes place every Thursday and Sunday in Chichicastenango, in the El Quiche region.
Handmade gifts and goods are sold to travellers and tourists alike, and those visiting can get a feel for the real traditions and conventions of those who live and work in the country.
Tourists are welcomed into Maya villages where they are taught how to weave and paint according to ancient techniques - providing a real hands-on experience that is often the highlight of any holiday to Guatemala.
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