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Volcano trekking is one of the outdoor adventures visitors can opt for.

mangrove forests and marshes, and there is
also an important iguana-breeding program
at the site.
the Rio Dulce, which flows inland from
Livingston on the Caribbean coast, this
biotope is an 80-sq.-mile protected area
of jungle and mangrove swamps around
Lake Izabal. While the reserve-habitat
of the manatee (a.k.a. sea cow) is marked
with land trails, it is best visited by boat.

VOLCANO TREKKING Guatemala's 33 volcanoes
form one of the most spectacular chains in the
world. The most popular with climbers are

the trio of volcanoes framing Lake Atitlán:
San Pedro (9,920 ft.) is the only one that
can be done in a day; Atitlán (11,565 ft.) and
Toliman (10,340 ft.) are overnight trips for the
experienced climber. The easiest climb is an
afternoon excursion from Antigua to Pacaya
to see the lava flows, while overnight choices
include the Acatenango, with camping on
the summit, or Agua, spending the night in
the crater.
HIKING This activity can be organized in all
corners of Guatemala, but the favorite new
area is the Ixil Triangle, whose three points are:
lovely Nejab, the largest of the villages, offering
especially fine hiking (with a share of local
outfitter profits going to community projects);


EARLY PRE-CLASSIC.............2500-1200 BC
MIDDLE PRE-CLASSIC..........1200-200 BC
LATE PRE-CLASSIC.............400 BC-0
EARLY CLASSIC.................AD 200-700
LATE CLASSIC..................AD 750-900
EARLY POST-CLASSIC...........AD 900-1200
LATE POST-CLASSIC............AD 1200-1520


Cajul, whose not-to-miss village attraction
is the ornate and locally decorated Iglesia de
San Gaspar Los Reyes church; and Cotzal,
with some of Guatemala's finest weavings,
offers hikers guided tours to weavers' homes.
SPORTFISHING Guatemala is a world-class
fishing destination, and the waters off
the Pacific coast are hailed as the Sailfish
Capital of the World, holding world
records for single-day catch-and-release. A
unique pattern of currents supports a large
concentration of sailfish and marlin, along
with dorado, yellowfin tuna and wahoo.
While the fishing is good year-round, the
most active season lies between November
and May.
GOLF World-class golf came to Guatemala
in the shape of La Reunion Golf Resort,
starring the 18-hole Mayan Fire course
designed by Pete Dye. Located just outside
Antigua, the par 72, 7,298-yard course
includes a diving range, putting green,
chipping green, and practice bunker. On site
is the Club House and the resort itself is fitted
with 17 rooms and suites, plus 3-bedroom
villas. Golfers can also tee off at several good
golf courses close to Guatemala City-Mayan
Golf Club, Hacienda Nueva Country Club,
and Vista Golf & Tennis Club.
MOUNTAIN BIKING This is in greater
demand than road biking in Guatemala.
The most popular areas and the best equipped
are around Antigua and Lake Atitlán,
thanks in part to the presence of excellent
local outfitters.
WHITE-WATER RAFTING This activity at its best
on the Rio Cahabon in the Las Verapaces
region; rafting trips for one or more days
feature class III and class IV rapids. ◆


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