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Maximo Nivel: Guatemala - The Heart of the Mayan Culture

Published Lynne Farrugia on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Guatemala is unquestionably the heart of the Mayan world, a fascinating civilization that began more than 4000 years ago and continues today. The country has an extraordinary cultural and natural richness and with its privileged geographical location it's one of the most historically significant destinations in Central America. 

Our Máximo Nivel school is located in the picturesque and charming city of La Antigua, the main icon of the colonial Hispanic heritage, declared a UNESCO "World Heritage Site" in 1979 for its history and beauty. Located in a valley surrounded by three volcanoes and mountains with coffee plantations, it's famous for its well preserved colonial architecture and spectacular ruins, that make the city breathe romanticism on every corner. Take a breath and discover it! – Watch the video here!

 

TOP 10 reasons to choose La Antigua:

- Cultural blend: Antigua was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America and this results in a mix of baroque colonial buildings and cobblestone streets with vibrant Mayan customs.

- Weather: Antigua is called the "city of the eternal spring" for its warm and pleasant temperatures at any time of the year.

- Fascinating markets: colorful handicrafts made by local artisans fill the markets of Antigua with cloths, jewellery, paintings and sculptures.

- Delicious food: Guatemalan gastronomy merges the traditional Mayan cuisine with Spanish influences, and it's one of the most appreciated in Central America.

- Travel on a budget: Guatemala is very cheap and it's the least expensive country in the world to learn Spanish.

- Coffee: Thanks to its volcanic landscape, Antigua has the ideal climate for growing coffee, and the beans produced here are among the best in Latin America.

- Chocolate: Considered the birthplace of chocolate, Guatemala and the cacao bean have a long history, and the quality of chocolate here is exceptional.

- Volcanoes hiking: there're several active volcanoes around La Antigua; Pacaya is the easiest to climb and it's just one hour and a half from the city.

- Museums: Antigua has a lot of attractions and museums, from archeology to chocolate and tobacco, there's plenty of choice for any interest.

- ¡Study Spanish!: whether you want just a few hours of lessons to brush up on your speaking skills or are looking for an intensive course, learning Spanish at Máximo Nivel is a great way to get to know the local people and combine the great affordability of Guatemala with a high quality, professional language institute. Find more information here!

 



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