Guatemala

Known among its people as the "land of forests," the most populous country in Central America boasts mystical cloud-piercing mountains, cobblestoned streets, ancient temples hidden in dense jungle canopies, and the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Site: Tikal National Park. Vibrant colors explode through the doorways of the warm and friendly locals, affectionately called Chapín. From the remote ruins of El Mirador to the other-worldly shores of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala is all at once a land lost in time, the hub of the ancient Maya, and a rapidly developing country where bustling cities border unexplored terrain.