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Nightlife in Guatemala City

Guatemala City has a fairly lively nightlife scene with bars, clubs, and music found mostly in the Zona Viva and downtown. Here’s a selection of establishments from classic watering holes to popular expat bars.

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Guatemala’s Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge

Now is a great time to explore this area, as it’s clear tourism is still in its infancy. Activities include visits to the mangrove-lined canals of Bahía La Graciosa, Laguna Santa Isabel, and adjacent Canal Inglés for bird-watching and manatee-spotting.

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The 10-Day Best of Guatemala

If you have only 10 days, you can enjoy the best that Guatemala has to offer. This itinerary will help you see as much as you can in a short amount of time without running ragged. After all, it’s a vacation.

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The Terrain and Geography of Guatemala

Guatemala is the third-largest country in Central America. It occupies 42,042 square miles, making it about the size of Tennessee. The country shares borders with Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Within Guatemala’s relatively small area are 14 distinct ecosystems found at elevations varying from sea level to higher than 4,200 meters (14,000 feet).

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Kid-Friendly Activities and Attractions in Guatemala

Latin Americans are very family oriented and Guatemalans are no exception. There is plenty to see and do in Guatemala for families traveling with children of all ages. Here is a list of kid- and family-friendly attractions throughout the country.

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Shopping Malls in Guatemala City

Guatemala City has some excellent shopping malls carrying the most basic or most exclusive items one could need, in addition to fashionable boutiques and department stores.

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Guatemala’s Petén Department: Sights Near Flores and Santa Elena

There are a variety of attractions in and around Flores and Santa Elena that work well if you have a day or half a day while awaiting connecting flights or onward travel. ARCAS, Petencito Zoo, and Tayazal are a five-minute boat ride across the lake from Flores’s north shore, while the Parque Natural Ixpanpajul covers an area of nine square kilometers and is conveniently just off the highway toward Guatemala City.

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Environmental Issues in Guatemala

Despite conservation efforts, environmental issues can seem daunting at times. Al Argueta discusses deforestation, air quality, open-pit mining, and other issues threatening Guatemala’s natural resources.