Natural attractions in Guatemala include some 30 beautiful national parks, forests, lakes, volcanoes, and stunning coastlines.
Tikal National Park
This park, home to the famous Mayan ruins, is also home to thousands of hectares of tropical forest, including many plant and animal species. Called by many one of the most spiritually powerful spots on the earth it is a mix of both natural and archaeological remains that have been stunning tourists for years. Among some of the fauna include the famous howler monkey, parrots, toucans and even the great jaguar on occasion.
Located in the highlands of Guatemala, Lake Atitlán is a natural wonder, whose background is filled with three towering volcanoes 10,000 feet high. The peaks of the volcanoes are covered by lush forest along with many species of endangered plant and animal life. Occupying an extinguished crater, Lake Atitlán spreads 26 kilometers (16 miles) long and 18 kilometers (11 miles) wide. Lining her shores are many old native villages where to an extent life still exists as it did more than a thousand years ago.
Lake Peten Itza
Located in the vast Mayan forests, Lake Peten Itza is roughly 48 kilometers (30 miles) long and is actually some 50 meters below sea level. Built on a small island within the lake is the town of Flores, which has been both a Mayan center and Spanish outpost. Rich with lush plant and animal life, this lake destination is a beautiful wonder of Guatemala.
Home to the famous endangered manatee, or sea-cow, Lake Izabel is the largest lake in Guatemala. Surrounded by the Sierra de las Minas and the Santa Cruz Mountain Range this spot is great for hiking and wildlife watching.
Located near Guatemala City, Lake Amatitlan is home to a great many panoramic views most notably the view of the large Pacaya Volcano. Human presence in this area has been dated back to as early as 2,000BCE, with the discovery of jade, bone, and other ancient artifacts. However, because of high population density, and overuse of the region's natural resources, degradation is occurring in the surrounding ecosystems. Conservation campaigns have began to restore and save the Lake Amatitlan region.
Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango Volcanoes
These three peaks look over the colonial town of Antigua, once the capital of the country, and are said to make up the most photographed backdrop in Guatemala. The cones of only two of the peaks are covered with forest as the Fuego peak is rumbling with activity. The area offers many biking and bird watching tours.
This very active volcano displays constant lava flow and ash clouds and is one of the most unpredictable volcanoes in Guatemala. It is located very close to Guatemala City.
Toliman, Atitlán, and San Pedro Volcanoes
These three volcanoes create the backdrop of Lake Atitlán and make for a beautiful panorama. Many call it one of the beautiful spots in the country.
Santa Maria and Santiaguito
The Santa Maria Volcano forms the backdrop of the city of Quetzaltenango is said to be the most beautiful of the volcanoes. Santiaguito is Guatemala's youngest and most active volcano.