A country of striking features and a strong indigenous culture Guatemala’s natural beauty and powerful identity stand in stark contrast to its bloody past and troubled present.

Mountainous heavily forested and dotted with Mayan ruins lakes volcanoes orchids and exotic birds Guatemala is one of the most beautiful countries in Central America.

Its indigenous population the Maya make up about half of the population. Mayan languages are spoken alongside Spanish the official tongue. Many Guatemalans are of mixed Amerindian-Hispanic origin.