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For example, most Guatemala tours visit Tikal in the northeast part of the country; here you'll find magnificent Maya ruins, encompassing vast pyramidal temples, ball courts, plazas and public buildings that extend over six miles. The site features more than 3,000 structures, but many more are buried under dense jungle.
Visitors to Guatemala fly in and out of Guatemala City, the primary urban center of the country. Here, you'll find plenty of colonial buildings and opportunities to shop for Guatemalan souvenirs; browse for items to take back home in Zona Vida, a vibrant entertainment area. Nearby is Antigua, the former capital of Guatemala. A popular tourist destination, this town is a lovely place of tropical gardens, fountains and cobbled streets. Still other favorite locales on a Guatemala vacation include Chichicastenango, with its lively marketplace and 400-year-old church, and Lake Atitlan, surrounded by three volcanoes.
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