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Quiriguá – Outside of the Petén, the Quiriguá ruins are the most important in Guatemala. Along the Motagua River sits around twenty stelae, or Mayan statues, on a 3 square kilometer (1.2 square mile) site. One of them is 11-meters (35-feet) tall and weighs an estimated 60,000 kilograms (130,000 pounds).

Livingston – This tiny Guatemalan town is full of Caribbean charm. Most locals are descendants of escaped slaves and natives of the Lesser Antilles. The best time to visit is during the Wanaragua Festival (around Christmas and early January), when you can expect to see native costumes and white masks.

Río Dulce – The “Sweet River,” a popular sailboat destination, begins at Lake Izabal. On its banks you will find the Río Dulce National Park, a 130 square kilometer (80 square mile) protected area.

Castillo de San Felipe – Built in 1595, this Spanish fortress was constructed to protect Izabal from Caribbean pirates. The well-preserved site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2002.

18 Aug 2010

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