Cheap Flights to Guatemala
If you're looking for an exotic but affordable place to vacation with ancient Mayan ruins, scenic wonders and friendly locals, Guatemala is worth a visit. Cheap flights to Guatemala will bring you either to La Aurora International Airport (GUA), which is 16 miles south of Guatemala City, or Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS) situated just outside of Flores.
Flights to Guatemala
Spirit Airlines and Interjet are the two biggest budget carriers offering flights to Guatemala. Both airlines fly in and out of La Aurora International Airport. La Aurora, which is the fourth-busiest airport in Central America, has two terminals, two concourses, 15 gates and a spacious parking garage. Other airlines that fly in and out of La Aurora include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Aeroméxico.
Mundo Maya International Airport is a much smaller air terminal. However, it provides a quick means of travel between Flores, Santa Elena and other cities in Guatemala's remote northern region and Guatemala City, the country's capital.
Attractions in Guatemala
Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands, approximately 100 miles west of the capital, has a reputation as one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the world. Atitlan is surrounded by coffee plantations, rain forests and active volcanoes, and its banks are home to a number of colorful Mayan villages. Shuttles to Lake Atitlan leave regularly from La Aurora International Airport.
The colonial city of Antigua was the capital of Guatemala until an earthquake in 1717 all but destroyed it. The ruins of many of the churches and plazas from that time have been left untouched and contribute to the city's eerie charm and sense of timelessness. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.
Possibly the number one reason why travelers book flights to Guatemala is to visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D., it was one of the most important centers of Mayan civilization. Today, the remains of the compound's temples, palaces and public squares are surrounded on all sides by a lush jungle that's home to jaguars, pumas and more than 300 species of birds.
Travel Tips for Guatemala
Thousands of people pour into Antigua for its week-long Easter celebration, which is one of the largest and most elaborate in the world. The festivities peak on Easter Sunday when every street in the city is blanketed with intricate floral displays called alfombras. You'll have to book cheap flights to Guatemala well in advance if you want to see this beautiful spectacle for yourself.
In Mayan villages, Catholicism has fused with local cultural traditions. The patron saint San Simon rules over shrines in Santiago Atitlán, Zunil, San Andrés Xecul, and other towns around Lake Atitlan and in the highlands. San Simon welcomes visits from travelers, but make sure to bring with you a bottle of beer or a cigar as an offering. San Simon is a rare saint who likes to drink and smoke.
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