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The amazing past of Guatemala, and the fusion of two cultures, Mayan and Spanish allowed that several centuries after, an entity like UNESCO, stated three Guatemalan sites as World Heritage.
Antigua Guatemala: 
“As pronounced by UNESCO”
Antigua was founded in the early 16th century.  Called, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala It served as the capital for the Spanish colonial government in Central America. Built 1,500 m above sea-level in an earthquake-prone region, it was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.  In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance,  After several earthquakes in the 18th century, the seat of government was moved to a safer place. The name


Antigua dates from this period and refers to the Old one.
In its years as capital Antigua had a population of about 80.000 people. The Catholic Church, including a large number of sects, was very powerful and wealthy. This resulted in the construction of numerous churches and monasteries, one even more beautiful than the other.

Nowadays Antigua Guatemala is a small corner of the world where past and present Mayan and Spanish shook hands and at the same time, you breathe air of a cosmopolitan city with the sober traditions of its people, in the middle of an incomparable warm weather, blue sky every day and a gentle breeze which brings sounds and scents that sets in mind forever. (UNESCO BPI)

Tikal National Park:
“As pronounced by UNESCO”
In the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation, lies one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. The ceremonial centre contains superb temples and palaces, and public squares accessed by means of ramps. Remains of dwellings are scattered throughout the surrounding countryside.
Just contemplate the Gran Jaguar Temple, a site of more than two thousand years of age in the middle of the jungle of the Maya civilization with an amazing flora and fauna, every effort to go there, worth it. (UNESCO BPI)

Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua:
“As pronounced by UNESCO”
Inhabited since the 2nd century A.D., Quirigua had become during the reign of Cauac Sky (723–84) the capital of an autonomous and prosperous state. The ruins of Quirigua contain some outstanding 8th-century monuments and an impressive series of carved steal and sculpted calendars that constitute an essential source for the study of Mayan civilization.  (UNESCO BPI)