Guatemala is mountainous and lush with greenery, making the country a paradise for hikers, though only those in great physical shape. Hiking up the side of an active volcano is not for the fainthearted. The ruins of ancient Incan communities are open for explorers, and Lake Atitlan, the deepest in Central America, is nearby.
Coffee plantations, avocado orchards, and strawberry farms surround the lake, all welcoming visitors. Aldous Huxley compared Lake Atitlan with Italy’s Lake Como, with the former receiving higher praise. Guatemala offers hotel rooms for less than $100 per night, sometimes much less, and affordable food from restaurants, cafes, and street vendors