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People say that Guatemala is surely a very magical place. This is a country that is widely known for the Maya Villages and many other things. Located at Central America, Guatemala is one of the places in the world where you can still see and experience the heritage of their ancient people.
Antigua, one of the most popular places in Guatemala, is where students of Spanish come to visit. This town is surrounded by three volcanoes namely Acatenango, Agua and Fuego, and is home to various cultural heritages. The town is filled with ancient ruins and pastel facades which are perfect for backgrounds in your souvenir photos. Students come here to learn to speak Spanish in the comprehensive and unique language schools located in the city.
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The avocado fruit grows abundantly in Antigua, this is why the common term to the locals of Antigua is "panza verde" or green belly because people thought they eat a lot of avocados. The busiest time of the year in Antigua is during the holy week, especially on Good Friday. So planning in advance is needed and hotel rooms should be booked at least several months in advance. The climate in Antigua is generally cool so warm clothing is necessary especially during the cold months of September until March.
For travelers who want to explore the hidden Maya villages, then the Nebaj or Lago de Izabal is the perfect place to go. This very remote Maya village is located in the Cuchumatanes Mountains and not very many tourists are familiar about this place. After exploring these Maya Villages, most tourists find themselves going to the Lago de Atitlan in the Highlands, where the view is simply breath taking.
Everywhere you go in Guatemala, you can surely see the rich cultural heritage of the Maya people. The remote archeological sites in El Peten's are just some of the many other sites where archeologists find the rich treasures of the Maya people. Before the Spaniards came to this country, the ancient people of Guatemala already has their own religion and culture, and visitors can still see these traditions still being practiced until today by the locals in the town of Chichicastenango.
The cost of things in Guatemala is fairly cheap. On average, tourists can spend only $4 to $5 each for a room in the budget hotels located across the city. For only $3 you can already fill your stomach with a complete meal in the comedores or the cheap eateries along the streets. Of course there are also some hotels that offer more amenities and comfort. For only $35 per night you can already find yourself in one of the classy hotels. Traveling around the city can be done by riding the commuter buses that go around the city and to other town in Guatemala.