Fishing and farming villages emerged on Guatemala's Pacific coast as early as 2000 BC. They were the forerunners of the great Maya civilization that dominated Central America for centuries. By 250 AD, great temple cities were beginning to be built in the Guatemalan lowlands. Today, Guatemala is the most populous of the Central American republics and the only one largely indigenous in language and culture. Only about two-thirds of the country is populated with still large areas of unoccupied land. Its two coastlines are along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Puerto Quetzal is the largest port on the Pacific side and was built to accommodate ships alongside its piers.
Our call to Puerto Quetzal provides you with the opportunity of visiting one of Central America's two best-known Maya ruins, Tikal and Copan National Parks, plus the old capital of the kingdom of Guatemala, Antigua.
The ship is scheduled to dock at Puerto Quetzal’s Cruise Terminal. The small town of San Jose is about a 10-minute drive from the port. Taxis are generally available at the tour boarding area of the Cruise Terminal.
There is an Artisan’s market at the Cruise Terminal offering traditional clothing and textile items made by the Maya population, as well as leather goods and silver and jade jewellery. The local currency is the Quetzal, but U.S. dollars & major credit cards are readily accepted.Cuisine
A specialty in Guatemala is chilies rellenos, chilli peppers stuffed with meat and vegetables. Churrasco, charcoal-grilled steak, is often accompanied by chirmol, a sauce of fresh chopped tomatoes, onions and mint.
All sights of interest around Puerto Quetzal are covered in the tours offered.
Private arrangements are not encouraged in this port.