B.G.T. & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Bella Guatemala Travel is committed to a sustainable approach to tourism. This means that neither the natural environment nor the socio-cultural fabric of the host communities will be impaired by our visit. On the contrary, the natural environment and local communities should benefit from tourism, both economically and culturally. Sustainable tourism also respects local people, the traveler, cultural heritage and the environment. It offers an exciting and educational travel experience that provides a positive impact on the society and economy.
Nestled between three dramatic volcanoes Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango, Antigua is magnificent and captivating. This small town is warm and quaint and makes you feel as though time has stopped 300 years ago. As you stroll through the cobblestone streets you will not only experience the splendor of ancient times, but also the kindness of its people. Stunning cathedrals, convents, and monasteries are built alongside its streets which hosts the largest celebrations for Lent and Easter.
Once the third most important colony in the Americas with more than 30 monastic orders calling it home, Antigua remains Guatemala’s original birth place and one of its most popular towns for tourists and natives alike to visit. It is a cosmopolitan city with colonial flavor, internet cafes, night clubs, international cuisine, bookstores, Spanish schools, arts and craft Maya markets, golf course, and hotels for all budgets.
Lake Atitlan is located in the central highlands of Guatemala. The lake is tucked between three imposing volcanoes: San Pedro, Atitlan, and Toliman. Lake Atitlan was formed when a volcanic caldera depleted its magma. Around the lake 12 indigenous communities are seated with ancestral cultural history.
Lago Atitlan is astonishingly beautiful, and most people find themselves captivated by the lake’s scenic excesses. There is plenty of activities from just relaxing by the pool, to hiking, cruising the lake to visit the surrounding Maya communities, each town offering a different experience. Aldous Huxley once called Lake Atitlan “the most beautiful lake in the world.”
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TIKAL NATIONAL PARK
Hidden by the dense jungle until the 19th century, Tikal is a monumental site with towering pyramids looming out of the thick jungle like stoic sentinels guarding ancient mysteries. It attracts archaeologists from around the globe, and wildlife surrounding the ruins makes it a naturalist's dream.
The Maya began building Tikal around 600 BC and completed 3000 structures. They include palaces, temples, plazas, ceremonial platforms, ball courts, terraces, avenues and steam baths.
Because of its importance and magnificent combination of nature and ancient remains, Tikal has been declared a Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Located in Alta Verapaz, Semuc Champey is arguably the most beautiful of Guatemala's natural wonders. It is located south of Lanquin, in a valley with steep walls surrounded by tropical humid forest. There is a limestone bridge, on top of which there are several naural pool of different sizes (3-12 ft. deep) filled with crystalline mountain spring water. Underneath the bridge is the Cahabon river. At the end of the bridge the water from the pools fall rejoining the river, forming a 40 ft. waterfall. The color of the water changes during the year depending on the season, sun and other natural factors, making for unique picture-taking opportunities.
It is a beautiful place, often called idyllic. You can go swimming, hiking on two interpretive trails, bird watching, or observe nature.
Magnificent among the Caribbean nations, Izabel is bathed in sun, color, the exotic magic of the Caribbean Sea and the sensual rhythm of Afro Caribbean music.
In this tropical paradise, reggae music calls to frantic dancing, the sea breeze gently rocks the palm trees and rain forests, the smell of salt and beach kiss the sun-tanned skin, and the combination of rivers, waterfalls, lakes, caves, canyons, lagoons and the Caribbean Sea simply make for an experience unlike any other.
Chichicastenango is a small white stucco town lying on the crest of a mountain top. It boasts the most colorful and largest Maya open market in Central America. Held every Thursday and Sunday, it draws vendors from all over Guatemala.
Since before the Spanish settlement, it is one of the largest trading centers in the Maya area. You will find everything from handcrafts, textiles, large and small bags, jewelry, juipiles (female blouses), masks used by traditional dancers, wood crafts, native dolls, embellishments and tablecloths – all made by native hands in Guatemala. You can also buy flowers, vegetables, fruit, flowers, live chickens and appetizing native food. You can spend an entire day shopping and bargaining with the natives. Next to the market is the 400 year Santo Tomas church, where the Maya still practice their rituals.