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Guatemala City

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The travel opportunities are fantastic! Mayan ruins, Lake Atitlan, dozens of volcano hikes, decent beaches (especially in El Salvador), eco lodges - all are accessible in a weekend. The weather is also a highlight; in the land of perpetual springtime it's always between 60 and 80F. Guatemala City isn't much of a travel destination but it offers good dining and access to most products from home. The Guatemalan people are very warm and welcoming and many fellow expats have commented that it's easier to get close to locals here than in many other parts of the world. - Jun 7, 2015
Lots of great traveling within the country! You can drive to Lake Atitlan (3 hours), Antigua (45 minutes), Retalhuleu (4 hours), Monterrico (3.5 hours), Rio Dulce, Semuc Champey, Copan, Tikal, etc. There are lots of Mayan ruins to see and great handicraft shopping, if you are into textiles, wood carvings, jade, or pottery. The weather is always between 60-80F degrees. - Apr 23, 2014
Despite being a small country, Guatemala packs an amazing array of beautiful places and tourist atractions, and has a fascinating cultural heritage. The people are welcoming and warm. The weather is very mild and constant throughout the year - the epithet "land of eternal spring" is not just a PR stunt. Prices are quite low comparing to my home country, so the cost of living is not a major concern. - Jan 3, 2014
There are a lot of amazing things about Guatemala. Definitely lots of beautiful places to see, such as the ruins at Tikal, Lake Atilan, and Antigua. The temperate climate is hard to beat as well. Guatemala City is a large, modern city with many things to do, plenty of amenities and a nice art scene as well too. - Nov 7, 2011
Beautiful scenery outside of the city, incredibly friendly people, nice sites within 0-3 hours by car, neat opportunities to experience Mayan culture, archaeological ruins, unbeatable weather (average daily temperature year-round 72 degrees). - May 2, 2010