Thick jungles, bountiful birdlife, mayan ruins and cobbled colonial towns make Guatemala nearly a compulsory stop on your trip through Central America. In between dodging tarantulas and the local fireworks, you’ll constantly be kept on your toes!
Guatemala is arguably the action capital of Central America, although Costa Rica might disagree. Tikal has ruins, Semuc Champey has caving and waterfalls, Antigua has volcanos, Chichi has markets then learn Spanish in San Pedro on Lago Atitlan. All the while running the gauntlet of the ever-present chicken buses.
Stay at Casa del Mondo on Lake Atitlan, spectacular views and only really reachable by boat across the lake.
The currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal, named after the national bird, the Resplendent Quetzal. In ancient times the feathers of the Resplendant Quetzal were used as currency. Your humble Quetzal is no doubt happy the Ministry for Finance switched to banknotes!