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Regions of Guatemala

In order to help you find the hotel in Guatemala you are looking for, we offer you in this section a brief description of the regions of the country. In this descriptions you will find some general details about them and also a list of some of the most important touristic attractions in each region.

Region I or Metropolitan


The Metropolitan region of Guatemala has only one department also called Guatemala. Here you can find the capital city of the country. It is possibly the most important destination for business travelers.

Region II or Northern

Semuc champey

The northern region of Guatemala has two departments: Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz. This region has a great natural beauty, highlighted by the spectacular Semuc Champey natural monument. The town of Cobán, formally known as Carlos V Imperial City, is a great starting point to visit this and other attractions nearby.

Region III or Northeastern


The northeastern region of Guatemala has four departments: El Progreso, Izabal, Zacapa and Chiquimula. The area of Río Dulce is in this region a mayor attraction, where you can do many different activities.

Region IV or Southeastern


The southeastern region of Guatemala has three departments: Santa Rosa, Jalapa y Jutiapa. This region is not very visited by tourists, but has some nice attractions, including several dark volcanic sand beaches.

Region V or Central


The central region of Guatemala has three departments: Sacatepéquez, Chimaltenango y Escuintla. It has great natural beauty and also is the home of one of the most famous colonial towns in Central America: Antigua Guatemala.

Region VI or Southwestern


The southwestern region of Guatemala has six departments: Sololá, Totonicapán, Quetzaltenango, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu and San Marcos. One of the mayor tourist destinations in this region is Atitlán lake and all the small towns around it.

Region VII or Northwestern


The northwestern region of Guatemala has two departments: Huehuetenango y Quiché. It stands out for the combination of it's mayan and colonial past. One excellent example of this is the town of Chichicastenango, famous for it's huge crafts market.

Region VIII or Petén


The Petén region has only one department with the same name and it is very well known for its Mayan past. Here you will find the most impressive Mayan ruins, including Tikal National Park.

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