Cheap Flights to Guatemala
Flights to Guatemala
Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in the Central America region, bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean and Honduras to the east, and El Salvador to the southeast. Its capital is Guatemala City. The country is the most populous state in Central America, having an estimated population of 15,806,675. In 1821, it became independent from Spain and ceased to be a part of the Federal Republic of Central America until its dissolution in 1841. Guatemala’s abundant biologically distinct ecosystems serve as a significant contribution to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot. In addition, its rich and unique culture that was a result of a longstanding combination of elements from Spain and the native Maya people. The official and most commonly spoken language in Guatemala is Spanish.
What to see & do
The Maya ruins are the most notable attractions in Guatemala, with El Mirador being the most notable, as well as Tikal. Besides these, there are a variety of places and activities that you can surely enjoy during your trip. Visit Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo, the biggest and richest monastery in Antigua. Founded in 1542 by Dominican friars, the site is now an archeological zone restored as a 'cultural route’, which includes the ruined monastery church, the adjacent cloister and the replica of the fountain, workshops for candle and pottery makers, and two underground crypts that were discovered during the church excavations. Go on a breathtaking (literally and figuratively) hiking and trekking on Guatemala’s beautiful mountains, the most prominent being Acatenango, Fuego, and Pacaya. There’s also Quiriguá, located approximated 50km from Copán. Its majestic sceneries – comprised of intricately carved stelae – are surely worth the trip.
How to get around within Guatemala
There are several ways to get around Guatemala. Although domestic flight operations are offered, regular flights only operate between Flores and Guatemala City via Avianca and TAG (Transportes Aereo Guatemaltecos). Another way is by bus, several of which are first-class (or Pullman) inter-city bus companies, with some being international companies that also serve Guatemala. There are also the colorfully decorated chicken buses, or camionetas, that ply the streets of major cities and highways of the country. Although crowded, these are less expensive than tourist vans or taxis. Central and north-western Guatemala, specifically the Ixil Triangle region and the area surrounding Coban, are being served by privately owned vans (more expensive than buses). Meanwhile, if you’re traveling to and within rural areas, private "picops" (pick-up truck) are your best bet. For secluded areas like beaches and mountains, the best option is to rent a car. Trolleys in Guatemala are green Transmetro buses that run on dedicated lanes in the capital, bypassing the parallel traffic and stopping at a limited number of stops along the road. They also operate trolley tours. There hasn’t been a train service in Guatemala since 2007.
How to get there
The main airport that serves Guatemala is La Aurora International Airport, located at the capital. Flights coming from other Central American countries and North America are the bulk of international flights that operate at the airport. Located in Flores, Mundo Maya International Airport is the secondary airport in the country. The small airport receives flights from a small number of close destinations like Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala City. Interjet flies to and from Mexico City and the US via Mexico City, while Spirit Airlines flies to and from several US destinations, normally via Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Other carriers that fly to and from Los Angeles are United, Avianca, American, Taca, Copa, and Aeromexico. Other ways of getting in are by car (via the Pan-American Highway), by bus (from Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Mexico), and by boat (via ferries to and from Puerto Barrios and Livingston, and Punta Gorda, Belize).
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