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Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

The native quetzal bird is a national symbol of Guatemala, so it’s natural that Puerto Quetzal would serve as a welcoming coastal gateway to its homeland. The sleepy town is a spot for relaxing and enjoying the sea… complete with dramatic volcano views off in the distance. Venture a little further inland and find yourself in history central, starting with La Antigua, once Guatemala’s capital and today still important as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Sip deeply of vacation at a 250-acre coffee plantation open for tours… and tastes.
  • Get a safe — but up-close! — look at the active Pacaya Volcano featuring beautifully-colored volcanic sand and rock.
  • Admire the local jade, a gemstone important enough to the region that a museum was constructed to display and honor it.