The highlands – El Altiplano – stretch from Antigua to the Mexican border; they comprise Guatemala’s most breathtaking area by some extent. Maya id is stronger right here than wherever within the nation and over a dozen distinct teams dwell throughout the area, every with its personal language and clothes. Indigenous custom blends most tantalizingly with Spanish, and it’s common to see Maya rituals going down in entrance of and inside colonial church buildings.
Most vacationers spend a spell on the dizzyingly stunning Lago de Atitlán, an azure lake dramatically ringed by volcanoes. From right here it is simple to strike out to the exuberant spectacle of the weekly market at Chichicastenango. Head west to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s laid-back second metropolis. Northward unfold the Cuchumatanes mountains, the place Maya life follows its personal rhythms amid picturesque villages and incredible mountain landscapes. For hikers, that is the promised land.