Visit Archaeological sites, is our recommendation for the coming Easter Week Holidays

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Iximche, Gumarkaaj and Takalik Abaj are among the archaeological sites that AGEXPORT’s Sustainable Tourism Commission recommends to visit during the holidays.

The members of AGEXPORT’s Sustainable Tourism Commission are committed to change the traditional way of doing tourism, encouraging sustainable development through tour activities that respect nature and culture supporting social development, allowing positive experiences between local communities and visitors.
AGEXPORT’s Sustainable Tourism Commission – COMITURS, promotes that during 2012, both foreign and national tourists, visit those archaeological sites that are sacred for the Maya People and that are expecting visitors with interesting cultural activities, said Alfonso Muralles, Chairman of the Board of COMITURS.
The Director recommends destinations that range from Tecpan in Chimaltenango, where Iximche Archaeological Site, former Capital of the Maya Cackchiquel Kingdom, stay overnight in a nearby sustainable Lodge and from there visit Gumarkaaj Archaeological Site (also known as Utatlan), the former Capital of the Maya K’iche Kingdom.
Or if you want to travel further away, COMITURS members suggest visiting Takalik Abaj Archaeological Site in Retalhuleu, where a sustainable lodge offers a unique experience on horseback or in a tractor pulled chart, stay overnight and from there, about one hour away is the border with Mexico, and just 5 minutes ahead you can visit Izapa Archaeological Site.
This Holy Week foreign and local tourist can organize an itinerary that includes an overnight at San Ricardo Farm and Lodge in Tecpan, where they can do mountain biking, visit Chichicastenango on Market Days, in Holy Week these are Wednesday and Sunday, located only 30 miles away from Tecpan. Or you may look for a tropical adventure at the Takalik Maya Lodge in Retalhuleu, visiting Takalik Abaj Archaeological Site and nearby Izapa Archeological Site in the Mexican side of the border. Both ancient sites sat the basis for the further development of the Maya Culture, explained Mr. Muralles, Chairman of COMITURS.
Among other recommended sites Tikal y Yaxha in Peten are great to visit and learn about the achievements of the Ancient Maya. Visit Flores, stay at the Peten Esplendido Hotel and enjoy an adventure at nearby Ixpanpajul Park, with hanging bridges above the forest canopy level and zip lines.
And if you want to stay closer to the Capital City, there are several nearby attractions that are also operated under the principles of sustainability that guarantee high quality standards, environmental and social responsibilities, among them Santa Teresita Hot Springs and Spa in Amatitlan. You may also visit Mixco Viejo Archaeological Site and Kaminal Juyu, right in zone 7.

For 2012, the Sustainable Tourism Sector expect a growth of 23.1% over the previous year reaching sales of US$ 57 million and creating up to 5,600 new jobs.

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