I was very impressed with Guatemala when I traveled there in 2013, finding the people to be very friendly and the history to be quite rich. Guatemala is a country of real contrast between that of the low warm coastal regions and that of the temperate high central regions. It is a place that I would like to see more of in the future.

The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 100,000 people dead and had created some 1 million refugees. (CIA Factbook)    

Guatemala City 2013 

Interesting Guatemala City 2013

Antigua, Guatemala 2013

Beautiful Antigua city 2013