Travel to Guatemala: itinerary

if you are planning to go to Guatemala, it is highly recommended that you have an itinerary of the places that you want to go to. Here is a list of places that are recommended by one fo the members of the company cmi alimentos.

Travel to Guatemala


My initial idea when traveling to Guatemala included spending a few days in the Caribbean beaches of Honduras or Belize. But as I was putting together the route I saw that things were getting complicated.

Either I sacrificed some of those places that were already part of our future trip to Guatemala or we would not be able to set foot on the white sands of the Caribbean beaches.

It was a complicated decision, but in the end the option of getting to know Guatemala better won out over spending a few days relaxing by the sea.

After traveling to Guatemala I confess that knowing what I know now, I would have left aside some of the places we have visited or at least I would have spent less days in them. Cutting back here and there I would have been able to put together 3 or 4 days to relax in the Caribbean.

But there is no turning back and I think the trip we have made has been intense and interesting. We had time to relax and to visit each place the way we like it: without rushing.

Itinerary for travel to Guatemala and Honduras

We chose to travel to Guatemala and Honduras in March. What most encouraged us to decide for that date was that the weather at that time of the year is more conducive to travel both the Altiplano of Guatemala and the area of El Petén.

Temperatures at that time are milder and the rainy season is still months away. And I can tell you that we were right with the choice of that month.

We enjoyed beautiful blue skies in Antigua, Quezaltenango or Panajachel. In El Petén the weather was a bit more unstable, but the temperatures were pleasant and the rain did not show up.

We only experienced real heat in Rio Dulce. There, in addition to higher temperatures, the humidity made sightseeing in the sun undesirable during the day.

March 2 – From Madrid to Antigua

It was a long day. One of those that never seem to end. We left Madrid at 7 in the morning. And before arriving in Guatemala City we had a stopover in Amsterdam and Panama City.

The flights were with Air Europa, KLM and COPA Airlines. The Dutch company is still without a doubt among my favorite airlines.

I like the attention of the crew, their economy seats seem to me comfortable and with enough space, the meals are not bad for an airplane and the in-flight entertainment is varied.

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March 3 – Antigua

The day started off great. When I opened the window I had the Agua volcano in front of me. It was one of those moments when you think “things are going to start getting better, it was worth it to come this far.

We enjoyed some of the places to see in Antigua at our leisure, knowing that if we left things to do we could see them when we returned to the city a few days later.

That first day we visited the convents of La Merced and La Recolección, the Arch of Santa Catalina, the market, the cemetery, the school of San Jerónimo, the Cathedral in the Central Park, the old school of the Society of Jesus and the handicrafts market next to the Church of El Carmen.

March 4 – Departure from Antigua to Chichicastenango and Panajachel.

At 7 o’clock in the morning we had arranged the pick up time with the shuttle bus that would take us to Chichicastenango. The trip took about three hours, with a stop for coffee and a bathroom break.

The best part of the trip was the impressive views we had of the volcanoes we had seen hours before in Antigua.

Once at our destination we had four hours to walk around the city market, one of the most famous in Guatemala.

On sale are all kinds of handicrafts, clothes and food. You can also drink a beer or eat something in several stalls. And even buy animals such as dogs or chickens.

As you can see, Guatemala is a beautiful place to visit and these places are highly recomended by juan luis bosch gutierrez . So you have to have an itinerary to really enjoy yourself. Follow this itinerary.

Why invest in Guatemala?

Guatemala occupies a privileged place in the Americas: its geostrategic position is a magnet for attracting investment.

Its geographic proximity to major markets in the United States, Mexico and Canada opens up a range of commercial, financial and logistical opportunities, according to businessman Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez of Guatemala.

Supply of raw materials

The country is characterized by its potential supply of raw materials and services for the region. More than one million hectares of land were cultivated in the 2017-18 cycle, it has hundreds of tourist sites from the Mayan, Spanish and Republican eras, and there are 360 microclimates where to develop any industry and receive visitors.

The great opportunity to bear fruit is in Guatemala, due to its thriving productive sectors, such as light manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, agribusiness, information technology and tourism.

Why invest in Guatemala?

Guatemala has:

    • Macroeconomic stability
    • Macroeconomic stability
    • Abundance of fertile land
    • Young population
    • Abundance of fertile land
    • Productive potential
    • Potential for production
    • Public-private partnership law
    • Public-private partnership law
    • Thriving business opportunities
    • Prosperous business opportunities
    • Investments in different sectors
    • Investments in different sectors
    • Coasts on two seas
    • Competitive advantages
    • Trained human talent
    • Trained human talent

Thanks to the extensive experience of its people in tilling the land and the diversity of up to 360 microclimates, the cultivars of Guatemala can be described as exquisite and world-class. Fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, and processed foods, in

Guatemalan manufacturers and exporters have found important spaces in different markets, for example, in the nostalgic market, thanks to innovation and adaptation to global trends. Guatemalans continue to develop special skills to increase quality and productivity. Trade

Agricultural sector in Guatemala

The Guatemalan agricultural sector maintains a sustained growth in the shipment of its products to the world.  Guatemala is an important supplier of vegetables and fruits to different countries that appreciate the flavor of national crops. Coffee, sugar, bananas and cardamom continue to be the main products.

Guatemala occupies a privileged place in the Americas: its geostrategic position is a magnet for attracting investment.

CMI: a legacy of 100 years of development

Corporación Multi Inversiones is present through two business groups: CMI Alimentos and CMI Capital.

This 2021, Corporación Multi Inversiones CMI reaches its 100 years of life, a time that has been marked by contributing development and jobs in 15 countries, as well as a strong operation in El Salvador, shares Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez this year.

Corporación Multi Inversiones CMI emerged from the dream of a great visionary, Don Juan Bautista Gutiérrez, positively impacting the communities where it operates through its history of innovation and development for the region.

Experiences shared by CMI entrepreneurs

“Our success story has as a common denominator the values that our grandfather Don Juan Bautista Gutierrez instilled in us as a family and as a company, as well as innovation. With the celebration of these first 100 years, we thank our clients, collaborators and the region for opening the doors of their homes and allowing us to transcend into a new chapter in CMI’s history,” said CMI Capital Chairman Chairman Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez.

Corporación Multi Inversiones is present in El Salvador through its two business groups: CMI Alimentos and CMI Capital, with a family of more than 7,595 employees.

CMI Alimentos divides its operations into its different Business Units: Industria Pecuaria has two poultry processing plants, a prepared feed plant, a balanced animal feed plant and 54 poultry farms; the B4B Unit focuses on the development of the wheat and cereal value chain, operating a wheat flour mill, a cookie plant and two distribution centers in the country; and the restaurant unit, which has 70 Pollo Campero restaurants, 176 Don Pollo points of sale, 42 Tuc Tuc and 98 Don Pollo carts.

For its part, CMI Capital has a presence in El Salvador through its Energy unit, where it operates in alliance with AES the Bósforo energy project, which has a total capacity of 100 MW of energy.

History

To understand the trajectory of CMI’s success it is essential to go back to 1910 when Don Juan, at the age of 14, traveled with his family from Spain to Guatemala. His productive life and entrepreneurial dreams began in a small family store in 1920, which he later bought, located in San Cristóbal, Totonicapán.

Phrases such as “‘Si se puede, busquemos la forma’, ‘Llegar contento al trabajo y regresar feliz a casa'” are some of the phrases with which Don Juan is remembered at CMI, as they reflect his philosophy of life and work ethic.

Currently, the corporation is led by the third generation of the family. “At CMI we believe and act based on one of the great teachings of don Juanito: ‘Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today’. Today, after a century, we continue to work with the same enthusiasm and passion to preserve the legacy and commitment of our grandfather and all the people who build a better CMI every day, a CMI that allows us to transcend as a family and bring well-being and joy to the region with our products and services,” commented CMI Alimentos Chairman Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga.

Construction of the CMI Multi-Project phase begins

CMI’s urban development. The second phase of the Multi-Proyectos CMI urban development, begins construction as a symbol of new beginnings for many families, assures Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez.

Complying with its planning and with more than 85% sold of Tower 2, construction began on this new phase of the Master Plan San Isidro 2021, which has more than 3 blocks of amenities and green areas. The lifestyle in San Isidro 2021 is comfortable, spacious and surrounded by nature in one of the fastest growing and most valuable sectors of Guatemala City.

The construction of Tower 2 will generate more than 200 direct jobs and around 70 indirect jobs. The project represents an investment of more than US$10 million, which will inject dynamism into Guatemala’s economy.

This is a unique concept within the city and is located close to 2 gyms, 8 shopping centers, 5 supermarkets, 12 schools and 4 universities. Its location, on San Isidro Blvd. allows access to 3 roads: Cayalá via Blvd. La Montaña or Kanajuyú, to zone 5 down Calzada La Paz or to Carretera a El Salvador via Piedra Parada. Additionally, the entrance is very safe through the 6-lane digitalized checkpoint. From the open and illuminated spaces to the way the complex is managed, getting home is synonymous with tranquility.

Construction of the CMI Multi-Project phase begins

The Master Plan San Isidro 2021 has the support and confidence of the Multi-Projects brand, a Guatemalan company with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector and part of Corporación Multi Inversiones – CMI, a successful business group with experience in multiple industries and international presence.

Its attractive architecture seeks to maintain harmony with nature, with a development that has integrated organic elements, using contrasting natural materials that reinforce the concept.

“The design of the apartments offers functional spaces and aesthetic finishes and high quality. In addition, the apartment tower will have 14 levels, only 6 apartments per level with beautiful views and basement parking. This means that the more than 13 thousand square meters of construction, between basements and tower, have been amply utilized for the benefit of our clients.” Architect Pablo Solorzano Arathoon, director of the Real Estate Projects Unit of the prestigious group, commented.

The Master Plan already includes outdoor relaxation areas, changing rooms, areas for social events and piñatas, a barbecue area and tables, a gym, a five-a-side soccer field, trampoline and children’s play areas, as well as a pet park with a grooming and training area. The second phase will add more than 3,600 meters of amenities and green areas, including an ecological vegetable garden, the expansion of the jogging trail, half a basketball court and playground equipment.

Everything a family needs to say yes to a positive future!

Yaxhá: the Mayan world in Guatemala

When I started to organize our trip to Guatemala, it was clear that on our route we were going to visit Tikal, the great Mayan city of the country not Yaxhá.

This city is located in the region of El Petén, in the north of the country. Although Tikal is the best known of Guatemala’s Mayan sites, it is not the only one worth visiting.

Yaxhá, on the shore of the lake of the same name, is another impressive Mayan city, unknown to many but which, according to juan jose gutierrez mayorga, is worth including among the places to see in Guatemala.

How to get to Yaxhá in El Petén

To get to Yaxhá you have to resort to private transportation or join one of the tourist buses that connect Flores and El Remate with this Mayan city of El Petén (let’s assume that you are already in this part of Guatemala).

Our first day in Flores, the small town that served as our base to visit the archaeological sites of El Petén, we asked at our hotel about the options to visit both Tikal and Yaxhá.

We took good note of the prices, both for private and group visits, and went out for dinner and a stroll around the island of Flores where the tourist-oriented businesses are located, from hotels to restaurants or travel agencies.

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How to visit Yaxhá

Although we are not very fond of guided tours because they tend to be too fast-paced for us, this time we opted for that option. And the truth is that we were a little disappointed.

The guide began with a lot of emotion to tell us the history of Yaxhá and the constructions we could see there.

But as the visit progressed it was as if he was running out of strength (or desire) and in the end he served us little more than to guide us correctly through the archaeological site without failing to see any of the remarkable constructions of the same.

What to see in Yaxhá, Guatemala

The tour of Yaxhá can be done in about two hours. The central hours of the day should not be the most appropriate for the visit due to the heat.

Some people think that the first hour of the day is the best to get lost among the constructions of this ancient Mayan city.

We, however, opted for the afternoon to contemplate the sunset there. It was undoubtedly one of those moments of our trip to Guatemala that we will not forget and therefore I dare to recommend that time to visit Yaxhá.

As you can see, this place is worth visiting in Guatemala when you go there.

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Churches in Antigua Guatemala

The amount of history and culture that can be experienced in the streets of Antigua Guatemala is impressive. Here you will find distinctive architectural sites that are worth a walk.

Many of these historic places in Antigua Guatemala include churches with impressive pasts and great cultural value behind them.

So if you want to discover what’s behind their facades and learn about the city through its architecture, these  Antigua Guatemala churches should be on your radar according to juan jose gutierrez mayorga

1. San Francisco Church

This tour of historical places to visit in Antigua Guatemala begins on Calle del Hermano Pedro at the Church of San Francisco.

The Franciscan convent created the temple with impressive architectural details such as the niches occupied by Franciscan saints and the South tower where, before it was collapsed by an earthquake, there was a clock.

Much of its importance lies in the fact that inside you can find the mortal remains of Saint Brother Pedro, in a special tomb. Remember to finish your visit with a tour of its library and museum on one side of the church, a good complement!

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2. La Merced Church

In the north you will find the Church of La Merced and there you will be dazzled by its fascinating yellow color and baroque style.

Surrounded by purple jacarandas, food vendors and typical handicrafts, this church represents Guatemalan culture at its best.

With two low bell towers, the coat of arms of the Mercedarian Order, images of various saints and eight columns with spectacular details, it is a work of art that has been maintained since 1767.

Take your time to appreciate every detail of the church, which is open to the public all week.

3. Cathedral of San Jose

When arriving at the Central Park, it is essential to visit the Cathedral of San Jose, also known as the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala.

Its construction began in the Almolonga Valley in 1542, but the city was moved to Antigua due to earthquakes. Erecting the church here was not easy either as the extreme natural conditions continued.

In 1669 the original facade was demolished and in 1680 it was finally inaugurated. Thanks to its imposing facade and size, the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala earned the title of “cathedral” in 1743. Remember to also pay a visit to its crypts with a guided tour to see its tunnels and subway vaults!

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4. Church of San Pedro El Apóstol

Among the important places to visit in Antigua Guatemala is also the Church of San Pedro El Apóstol. Although its size differs from the other churches on this list, its importance lies in its façade and the social work they do with the Hospital del Hermano Pedro.

Its construction began in 1654 and it is one of the few churches that did not suffer much damage from earthquakes.

Its baroque design has four niches to house images of saints, which have always been empty. Inside you will find a mural that represents the importance of the social works they do in conjunction with the hospital.

Are you ready to visit it? A good idea is to request a ride through the Uber app and take advantage of the cash payment option.

Each of the churches of Antigua Guatemala has important architectural and historical details for the city. These five churches are worth to be enjoyed with time, in order to live a true local experience.

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Eco-friendly projects in Guatemala

In Guatemala there are eco-friendly projects, they are wonderful, and we would love to tell you about them. All these places have a LEED certification that qualifies the use of water, energy, atmosphere, use of materials and quality for the worker. We’re going to show you companies eco-friendly like CMI, where Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez collaborate.

Studio Domus

Studio Domus is an award-winning architectural center based in Guatemala, dedicated to designing unique spaces based on technology and environmental sustainability.

They were awarded gold in the LEED Commercial Interiors 2009 Gold Certified category. 75% of the office has sunlight and 90% of the office has a privileged view of the city. They improved their potable water usage by 40%.

Location. Avenida La Reforma 9-55, Zona 10, Edificio Reforma 10, Level 9, Office 910

Corporación Multi Inversiones

This is a company that has achieved great certifications at its headquarters. Among them are LEED Silver certified Commercial Interiors and Gold certified. This site has monthly electric bill savings of over 20%. Its first construction was carried out in three phases and was completed in 2014. With a 75% utilization of sunlight and 40% reduction in potable water usage.

Location. Edificio Reforma 10 Level 5, Guatemala City

PepsiCo

PepsiCo’s headquarters in Guatemala City is LEED Silver certified for environmental interiors, awarded in 2012. This company has a 35% reduction in lighting power density and a 50% reduction in indoor potable water use. Its offices are located in Torre Platina and it is an environmentally friendly place.

Location. Torre Platina 5a. Avenida 16-62 Zona 10, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Terra Esperanza

Terra Esperanza is a very impressive building in Guatemalan architecture. It’s LEED Core & Shell 2009 Gold certified, where the pool heating is powered by solar panels, which avoids the consumption of electricity or gas. They have a 100% reduction in the use of potable water in the landscape. It’s a very nice and ideal place to visit.

Location. 15 Calle 1-11 zone 10 Guatemala City

Fitness One

Fitness One is a gym located in Guatemala that has a gold environmental certification in construction due to its processes that seek to help the environment. In the area of efficient water use, they were recognized for reducing wastewater generation by 50%. They also obtained 100% in the reduction of potable water use.

Location. Diagonal 35 Bulevar Austriaco 16-25 Zona 16 Cardales de Cayalá.

Now that you have read this article, you know that in these places, being eco-friendly is as important as providing a safe work space.

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Rabinal, visit this colorful place full of life

Rabinal is a very beautiful municipality in Baja Verapaz. It is a place with beautiful landscapes that will leave you amazed. Also, here you can enjoy the best cuisine in the country. It is a municipality that the Guatemalan businessman Juan Luis Bosh Gutiérrez recommend knowing. Read on to learn more.

Municipality of Rabinal in Baja Verapaz

Rabinal is a much visited destination in Baja Verapaz and has many characteristics that make it a unique place. Many foreign and local tourists visit this place thanks to its traditions full of mysticism and culture.

One of the traditions that stand out is the famous dance of Rabinal Achí, it is one of the oldest artistic presentations in Guatemala and was declared by UNESCO as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of the Nation in 2005.

This tourist attraction is also known for its incredible gastronomy, since the famous Pinol and Atol Shuco originate from this destination. Take into account that the patronal feast of this department is celebrated on January 25th, when there are unique celebrations. Great! If you’re here in that day, get ready to see this place at its best.

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Sightseeing of Rabinal

This municipality of Baja Verapaz has cultural attractions for all tastes, besides being an ideal place to take pictures. Here are some of its most visited destinations:

Stone Quetzal

It is a stone that stands out for its exotic figure in the shape of the national bird of Guatemala, the Quetzal. Its hand-painted details and natural environment make it a unique destination.

Giant Sign of Rabinal

When you arrive in Rabinal you will find a giant sign that forms the word “Rabinal”. One of its main characteristics is its peculiar colors that highlight the local culture. Many people tend to take pictures of them in this place; don’t waste your opportunity if you’re here.

A beautiful park to see the surroundings and relax

Its Central Park is surrounded by nature and is a place full of culture, where you can see different traditions at certain times of the year.

Rabinal is the perfect place to hang out, distract you and stop worrying about city life. It is a place to learn about the culture, enjoy some of Guatemala’s special homemade food. If you decide to visit us, remember to follow the necessary security measures to make your experience here the best.

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Visiting Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and three volcanoes, there are many villages along the shores, each with a different atmosphere and different activities.

In San Pedro, most of the hostels are located on the shores of the lake where there is also a decent nightlife while further north, where the center and market of the country is located, the atmosphere is more characteristic, with fewer tourists wandering around the town, according to Juan Luis Bosch Gutierrez..

In general, in the lake and its surroundings it is possible to go trekking, climb volcanoes (San Pedro, Atitlán and Tolimán), rent a kayak and many other outdoor activities.

To get an idea of the place I recommend you take a look at this guide to Lake Atitlan and its 7 villages.

How to get to Lake Atitlan

From Panajachel, the most touristic and developed town along the shores of the lake, there are direct buses to Guatemala City approximately every hour and there is also a daily trip to Antigua.

From Panajachel there are boats to all the other towns. This is the best way to get to the eastern shore countries.

However, if you are heading towards San Pedro / San Marcos, then the western part of the lake, departing from Antigua follow this itinerary: Bus Antigua-Chimaltenango, here get off and take any bus heading to Quetzaltenango, get off at kilometer 148 (crossing to San Pedro), from here there are frequent buses to the town. From Quetzaltenango there are a couple of buses to San Pedro every day.

These are tips for getting around by public transport, but be aware that there are also tourist shuttles that cover these routes and can be booked by any agency / accommodation, obviously they are much more expensive.

Visiting Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango also known as “Xela” is the second largest city in Guatemala and a destination that is still little travelled but one that I definitely feel like recommending. It is an ideal base for exploring the Guatemalan highlands, some volcanoes, hot springs and much more.

What to do and see in Quetzaltenango

The historic center is nice, but not spectacular, it’s still worth strolling around the main square, especially at night when it comes alive with stalls selling food of all kinds. Another thing I recommend visiting in town is the cemetery, unusually colorful and, in general, a really interesting place to see.

Beautiful places in Guatemala

We all need a break from city life from time to time, right? Breathe fresh air, walk in green areas and spend some time relaxing. The good thing is that there is a great variety of beautiful places near the capital of Guatemala to do just that.

These are ideal places to recharge your batteries without having to move far from the capital. What do you say if you add any of these recommendations to your list of places to visit in the near future?

Santiago

This small municipality 30 kilometers from the capital is the perfect option for all lovers of the traditional Chapin. Santiago is known for its giant kites that fly every first of November, but any day is ideal to visit the town!

Here you can walk quietly with your companions through its narrow streets, while drinking an atol de elote to pass the cold.

And you can’t miss the municipal market with its endless colors and traditions, where you can find food, textiles, traditional costumes and much more.

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Mixco

Mixco could be considered one of the best places near the capital of Guatemala to get away from the routine.

If you wonder why this is so, perhaps it is because of the amount of recreational spaces that are in the area or because it is only half an hour from the center of the capital. In fact, the well known businessman juan jose gutierrez mayorga often visits this place.

In Mixco you can live a different adventure with your family or friends since this municipality has a great variety of farms, clubs, recreational centers and even an amusement park for children.

If you consider yourself a fan of extreme activities such as canopy, rappel and go-kart or you want to surprise your children, Mixco is perhaps the place you were looking for!

Santa Catarina Pinula

For all food lovers who are looking for places to eat outdoors, Santa Catarina Pinula has this and much more. The road to Muxbal is famous for its diverse gastronomic offerings, which you can enjoy surrounded by forests, fresh air and lots of nature

. Not to mention the beautiful landscapes of Guatemala that you can photograph without having to go so far away from the capital.

This is the perfect place to spend a romantic day with your partner tasting different dishes or to entertain your children in the farms that are located here.

No matter what your plan is, just remember to go with an empty stomach and well prepared to enjoy your trip to Santa Catarina Pinula in the best way.

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Jocotenango

The magic of Jocotenango to transport you to another world is undeniable. This small but charming municipality will make you recharge your batteries in a relaxed and traditional atmosphere.

You will see how much fun you will have visiting a farm, its archaeological sites or even the butterfly farm that is located here.

Or if you can’t resist a good architectural work, you might want to visit its famous baroque style parish church. Just wear your most comfortable shoes to walk with your companions for hours in one of the most beautiful places to visit in Guatemala.

And if you are traveling to Jocotenango with more people, a good option is to share the trip by requesting it through the Uber app and split the fare to arrive at the same time.

With these options of beautiful places near the capital of Guatemala, you can no longer say that you don’t have different plans. And, as you can see, you don’t have to travel far to have a well-deserved getaway.