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Guatemala in July is a trip that should not be overlooked. It is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America with colonial towns, nature, and a modern capital. Many may worry about safety issues but the situation has really become tourist friendly in recent years with improvements in every capacity.
In July it is the rainy season so like in most of Central America afternoons can get wet, but almost without fail, every morning is sunny with blue skies, so getting up with the sun can make for a fulfilled day followed by a relaxing and lazy afternoon listening to the rain.
Guatemala has some of the best preserved colonial towns and centers in all the Americas. Chief of all is Antigua which is just around an hour and a half from Guatemala City. It has perfectly preserved streets, buildings, gardens and churches all with a majestic volcanic backdrop.
The main point of entry for almost any visitor, Guatemala City is worth a visit. The neighborhoods in the sprawling valley have nice malls and restaurants while the downtown has retained its historic market, beautiful squares and awe-inspiring cathedral.
Guatemala is a treasure trove when it comes to natural panoramas and perfectly preserved Mayan ruins. One of the most scenic lakes in the world is here, from the highlands of Coban to Lake Atitlan and its beautiful azure waters with a volcano in the backdrop. For some wild swimming head to Semuc Champey with its turquoise river carved out of limestone. Rio Dulce is a wild Riviera with cabins and pure nature all around.
Peten and Tikal are both a bit of a hike to reach from the more populated parts of the country but their remoteness is what allows their Mayan past to come to life. Still there are many ways to get to these incredible places, there are good packages with flights for the day or roundtrip.