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Guatemala in living colour

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Guatemala in living colour

Antigua Guatemala

Looking down onto the streets of Antigua Guatemala – the country's Colonial capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The nearby Agua volcano towers over the city. READ MORE: 15 stylish passport covers

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Guatemala in living colour

The Cathedral of San José

The view from inside the Cathedral de San José, Antigua's grandest baroque church. An earthquake in 1773 destroyed much of the structure, and now, patches of blue sky replace ornate domes. READ MORE: Finding zen in China's biggest cities

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Guatemala in living colour

Pacaya palms for sale in the market

The Pacaya – one of the country's 33 volcanoes – gets its name from the flower of the palm tree. The pacaya palm is a staple of Guatemalan cuisine and can be found at marketplaces throughout the country. READ MORE: A foodie retreat in Quebec

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Guatemala in living colour

A traditional Guatemalan huipil

I nabbed this traditional woven huipil at a market near Antigua and paired it with a Céline skirt upon my return. READ MORE: 10 of the best investment luggage sets

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Guatemala in living colour

The view from El Tenedor del Cerro

The view of Antigua from the restaurant patio at El Tenedor del Cerro. It's hard to tell where the umbrellas end and the volcanoes begin. READ MORE: The most beautiful hotel room views

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Liz Guber Source: Courtesy of El Tenedor del Cerro

Guatemala in living colour

Lake Atitlán

The hippie haven of San Antonio Palopo (known for its massage centres and meditation camps) is just one of the dozen charming villages on the shores of Lake Atitlán. READ MORE: A weekend in Whistler

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Guatemala in living colour

The Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park

Guatemala's Tikal National Park is home to the ruins of one of the most important cities of the pre-Columbian Maya. The view of Tikal's Central Plaza features the Acropolis and Temple I – considered by the Ancient Mayans to be the passage to the underworld. READ MORE: Kenya's poshest private safari getaway

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Guatemala in living colour

The view from the top of Temple IV in Tikal

From the top of Tikal's Temple IV (the tallest remaining pyramid in the Mayan world) the view is endless, with only the tops of Temples I and III breaking through the green canopy. READ MORE: A culinary journey through Vietnam

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Guatemala in living colour

Spider monkeys in Tikal National Park

Tikal's resident Spider monkeys spend their days high up in the trees, keeping an eye on visitors. READ MORE: Rio de Janeiro travel guide

Image by: ELLECanada.com By: Liz Guber Source: Courtesy of Las Lagunas Hotel

Guatemala in living colour

The infinity pool at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

After a long day of temple climbing and jungle trekking, Las Lagunas Hotel's infinity pool  offers the perfect vantage point for spotting crocodiles in the surrounding Quexil lagoon. READ MORE: An insider's guide to Dubai

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