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Guatemala, a megadiverse paradise in Central America

By Camila Domínguez

Guatemala is a megadiverse paradise in Central America, as indicated at the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. Globally, only 20 countries are recognized as ‘megadiverse.’

This country boasts territories with the highest indices of biological and cultural diversity. Guatemala is not only home to hundreds of animal and plant species but also a plurilingual nation, represented by 22 languages (including those of Maya, Xinca, and Garifuna origin), diverse indigenous populations, and local communities that safeguard traditional knowledge associated with the sustainable use of biological diversity.

Guatemala, a megadiverse country
The name ‘Guatemala’ comes from Nahuatl ‘Guauhtemallan,’ which means Land of Trees. True to its name, the country is home to hundreds of trees, flora, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish, fungi, and many more species. In addition to its rich flora and fauna, Guatemala features rivers, lakes, volcanoes, and other natural wonders.
A significant portion of the national territory is in protected areas, with a total of over 320 protected areas, including Tikal National Park, Acatenango Volcano, Lachuá Lagoon, and many more.
This diverse ecosystem in Guatemala allows for various types of tourism, such as sports, nature, cultural, adventure, and more. Choose the one you like the most! Just remember to explore this beautiful country in a sustainable manner.
If you plan to visit Guatemala, organize your trip with tour operators and travel agencies that practice best sustainable tourism, such as: Transter Tours, Trasviajes, Grupo Sostavisa, Agetur, All Tours Guatemala, Guatemala Expedition, Grupo Mesoamérica, STP Guatemala.

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