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Parque Central (Antigua)
Parque Central is a rendezvous of locals as well as of travellers. It is a nice place to take a walk and on several days you will be able to find a market here, where you can buy homemade clothes, earthenware, dolls, blankets, and other forms of handicraft.
The Maya Museum, Casa Kojom (Antigua)
The Maya Indians' culture changes with time and with development. Thus Samuel Franco began to travel around and photograph their ceremonies and record their music in 1984. It took him three years and the result can be seen in Casa K'ojom. It is an impressive collection that tells a great deal about the Mayans and their history.
Volcanoes (Antigua)
It is very popular to climb the volcanoes surrounding the town and there is an impressive view of the entire area from the top. Unfortunately there have been some robberies and even murders on these tours, so it is important to be very careful and only go in groups and with armed guards.
The Market Square (Chichicastenango)
Thursday and Sunday are fair days in the village and stalls are lined up from the break of dawn. The market place is lively and chaotic throughout the day and it is possible to buy home cooked food, masks, vegetables, fruit, spices and so on. The stalls are open until late afternoon and if you have the guts, it often pays off to put off your buy until right before they close. Most people would rather sell their goods at a lower price than have to drag them all the way home again.
The Mayan Shrine of Pascual Abaj (Chichicastenango)
This Mayan shrine, which is said to be several hundreds, maybe thousands, of years old, can be found a little outside of Chichicastenago. The shrine is still used to perform offerings to the Mayan God of Earth, who makes sure that the soil remains fertile. If you visit this place, you might be lucky and sit in on an offering of, for instance, a chicken.
The Santo Tomás Church. (Chichicastenango)
This church dates back to the colonial age and was built in 1540. Despite the fact that the village is officially Catholic, it is common to see rituals performed in the church that look more Mayan than Catholic. The church has an impressive architecture and a flight of steps, which resembles the steps in the pyramids. This flight of steps should only be used by very important people and visitors should enter through a door on the other side of the church.
The Grutas Actun-Can Grottos (Flores)
The Grutas Actun-Cas Grottos are limestone grottos with impressive structures. There are guided tours of the grottos and it is a good idea to bring a flashlight. The area surrounding the grottos is very nice and has many trails for those who wish to take a walk and enjoy the landscape.
The Lake of Lago de Petén Itzá (Flores)
Sails on the lake are very popular. There is both the possibility of renting boats and of going on guided tours. There are stops at the small villages on the shores of the lake and a tour of the La Guitarra lagoon is included in the guided tours.
Plaza Mayor (Guatemala)
Plaza Mayor is situated in the middle of the city and is center for many shops. It is especially recommendable to visit the square on Sundays. Thousands of local gathers here on Sundays to relax and listen to salsa music performed by the bands that play in the square.
The Centroamérica Park (Guatemala)
The park is home of the Casa de la Cultura which houses the Museo de Historia Natural that exhibits old Mayan artefacts and tells about the liberal revolution in the politics of Central America. Outside the Casa de la Cultura, in the right hand corner, you will find a small market, which sells different kinds of handicraft and everyday supplies.

Area and city attractions

• Panajachel
• Antigua
• Chichicastenango
• Flores
• Tikal

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