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I confess, I do especially love Guatemala. In many ways, it’s the country of Central America which more than any other truly “has it all”. That includes breathtaking Mayan archaeological sites (Exhibit A: Tikal), lovely Spanish colonial architecture (Antigua), exciting Guatemala ecotourism; alluring Guatemala beaches (near Caribbean-coast Livingston, for example); modern Mayan culture (Chichicastenango, Lake Atitlán, etc.); and quite stimulating museums throughout the country.
But the country’s capital – and Central America’s largest city – often gets relatively less attention than the above, and that’s kind of a shame. On my visits I have always come away well pleased with its exciting menu of culture, historic sites, dining, and nightlife, all amid a year-round springlike climate.