10 Facts About Guatemala

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10 Facts About Guatemala

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Guatemala Facts – 10 Fun and Interesting Facts!

Guatemala is an exotic place and the birthplace of the Mayan civilisation. Many of its ancient traditions can be seen across the country. A land of extraordinary landscapes and a rich historical and cultural heritage. With a profound sense of hospitality, the locals will invite you to discover the cultural, gastronomic and natural heritage of their country. Whether you want to persue learning Spanish or just want to discover more about Guatemala for a trip abroad, we have listed Guatemala facts that are interesting and fun. Buen viaje!

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10 Guatemala Facts:

1. Spanish is the Official Language of Guatemala

The official language of Guatemala is Spanish. Yet, 21 distinct Mayan languages as well as several non-Mayan Amerindian languages are also spoken in Guatemala, particularly in the rural areas. The name Guatemala actually means ‘land of the trees’ in the Maya-Toltec language. The first on our list of Guatemala facts.

 

2. Tamajulco is the Highest Peak in Guatemala

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Tajamulco Volcano is the highest point in Guatemala, at 4,220m. Guatemala is home to 33 volcanoes spread throughout its highlands. Of this, 3 watch over the colonial town of Antigua: Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking and bird watching are popular activities on these volcanoes.

 

3. UNESCO World Heritages Sites in Guatemala

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Guatemala boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites. the beautiful town of Antigua Guatemala, the ancient Maya archaeological site of Quirigua and Tikal National Park in northern Guatamala.

 

4. The Importance of Agriculture

Agriculture contributes a quarter of Guatemala’s GDP. Coffee, bananas and sugar are its main products.

 

5. Is Chocolate from Guatemala?

Chocolate is originally from Guatemala, so they say! It was used in Mayan culture as early as the sixth century A.D. The word ‘chocolate’ comes from the Maya word ‘xocoatl’ which means bitter water. At the time, cocoa was the basis for a thick, cold, unsweetened drink. As sugar was not yet discovered, different spices were used to add flavour, including hot chilli peppers – which are used in gourmet chocolate production today.

 

6. The Division of Guatemala

Guatemala is divided into 3 main parts: the sparsely-populated northern plains, the volcanic yet largely-populated central highlands and the agricultural Pacific lowlands. It is known as ‘land of the eternal spring’ as it boasts a warm, tropical climate.

 

7. The Flag of Guatemala

The Guatemalan flag features two blue vertical stripes, representing the sea on either side of the country, with a white vertical stripe in the middle bearing the country’s coat of arms. This coat of arms includes the quetzal, Guatemala’s national bird, and a scroll that gives the date of Guatemala’s independence.

 

8. Delicious Food in Guatemala

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Eating out in Guatemala is inexpensive and delicious. Guatemala’s food and drink is influenced by its Mayan and Spanish cultures. The climate also enables them to produce abundant tropical fruit. Breakfast in Guatemala usually consists of a mix of eggs, tortillas, beans and plantains, with fruit such as papaya, bananas, mangoes and avocado. Guatemalan coffee on the side is a must! Lunch and dinner are usually then based around corn, beans, rice, cheese and tortillas, with soups (sopas) and stews (caldos). Nachos, stuffed peppers, tamales and enchiladas are also popular in Guatemala, as they are in Mexico.

 

9. Guatemala’s Independence Day

September 15th is Independence Day in Guatemala. On this day, they celebrate the country’s independence from Spain on September 15th 1821. It is a national holiday and the largest holiday fair takes place in Quetzaltenango.

 

10. The Beauty of Lake Atitlan

Visiting Lake Atitlan is a must whilst in Guatemala. Famous for its natural beauty, Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán) is the deepest lake in Central America. The lake is surrounded by three spectacular volcanoes as well as many colourful Mayan towns and villages. Maya culture is predominant in these lakeside communities. Lake Atitlan is about 50km north-west of Antigua. The last on our list of Guatemala facts!

 

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Top 5 Cities for Foodies

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Top 5 Cities for Foodies.. Across the World!

Each country and culture has its own array of gastronomic specialities, but there’s no denying that some places are just synonymous with good food. Often, it’s countries with French, Spanish and Italian influences that boast a particular gastronomic prowess. However, sometimes it’s even more specific than that…there are some cities in the world with cuisine that is quite simply on a different gastronomic level. Here’s our pick of the 5 cities for foodies (and language enthusiasts) across the world. This selection will have you salivating, enthusing… and returning home a stone heavier!

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Discover Top 5 Cities for Foodies.. Around the World:

1. Naples – Delicious Italian Pizza

Top 5 Cities for Foodies Across the World

It’s one of the most interesting cities to visit and also one of the best to eat some delicious Italian food. Naples is famous the world over for its amazing cuisine  and deservedly so. One of the tastiest and best-known dishes worldwide, Neapolitan Pizza, originates from thin Southern Italian city. In Naples most things that you eat will prove to be mouth-watering. It’s not just in the restaurants where you can find fine food though – you can join a cooking class and learn to cook some delicious delicacies yourself.

Napes is located in the region of Campania, and to be honest the region as a whole is fairly impressive in food terms. From Naples you can easily get to the stunning Amalfi Coast and discover the island of Capri. You can do all of this whilst learning Italian in Naples, so one of the best cities for foodies across the world.

Sheer heaven for any foodie…

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2. Valencia – Home to Paella

Top 5 Cities for Foodies Across the World

Located on Spain’s eastern Mediterranean coast, on the Gulf of Valencia, it’s no surprise that much of Valencia’s cuisine has seafood as its main component. In gastronomic terms, Valencia is probably best known for being the home of paella, probably Spain’s most iconic dish. Communal paella cooking and even paella competitions are common in festivals. Traditional in Valencia region and great to behold and even better to taste if you get the chance! One of the great things about eating in Valencia is that it’s really affordable. Great for the bank balance, not so great for the waistline!

Again, Valencia is home to some fantastic markets as well as restaurants. Of particular note is the central market, or Mercado Central de Valencia, which comprises 8000 square meters of market space inside the steel and glass building that is decorated with Valencian ceramic tiles. Well worth a look in itself…

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3. Lyon – Michelin Star Restaurants

Lyon may be France’s second city in terms of size, but when it comes to food it definitely takes the top spot. It’s quite an accolade when you consider the prestige associated with French food internationally. Specifically, Lyon has made a name for itself as a capital of gourmet and luxury food. There are countless Michelin-starred restaurants across the city and region. Aside from these, Lyon is also well known for its ‘bouchon’ restaurants. ‘Bouchons’ are a type of bistro, but with a fairly limited menu and a very unpretentious kind of décor. Most bouchons are family-run, and the majority of the chefs are women. They are women as the so-called ‘spiritual descendants’ of Mère Fillioux, Tante Paulette and Mère Brazier, and other female master chefs who helped Lyon achieve gastronomic glory early in the 20th century.

When you look at the vast array of local produce that is grown and made in the surrounding areas – fish from the Savoy lakes, fruits and vegetables of the Rhone valley and the wild game of the Dombes to name but a few – it’s no wonder really that Lyon is one of the top cities for foodies across the world.

One thing’s for sure…no matter how little money you have, heading to a fast food outlet in Lyon would be inexcusable!

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4. Buenos Aires – Steaks and Wine

Top 5 Cities for Foodies Across the World

Buenos Aires is a city that is famous for many things, Tango and football may be a couple. Still, ask any self-respecting foodie what they associate with the city and there can only be one answer – STEAK. Simply, what you’ll find in the restaurants of Buenos Aires is the undisputed king of steak. Cattle in Argentina graze in areas that have nutritious natural grass and lots of spacious, green pastures – as a result, the meat that is produced is free of additives and contaminants, and it does taste good.

There are hundreds of authentic and quality steakhouses to enjoy in Buenos Aires, but vegetarians need not worry. There’s plenty on offer for vegetarians and vegans too. With a strong Italian influence, the city has lots of fantastic pizza and pasta places, and recent years have seen an influx of quality Asian food places too.

There’s one more thing that you have to mention when it comes to Argentinean gastronomy, and that’s the wine…Argentina produces some of the world’s finest red wines, which you can enjoy at a bargain price in Buenos Aires.

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5. New York – Food from Everywhere

Think of a food associated with New York and you might say hot dogs, but really the city has no one signature dish or ingredient. This is hardly surprising when you think of the hugely diverse nature of the city, culturally. New York has always been a huge mix of ethnicities and nationalities, and that’s really the great appeal of its gastronomy. New York has a range of food and restaurants that you just won’t find anywhere else in the world. In New York, you could feasibly eat a different type of food each day of the year and still have some to try. Happily, the huge range of food available applies not only to tastes but to prices too…despite the high cost of living in New York, it’s still easy to find affordable eats to enjoy.

As is the case all over America, the size of the portions will make the eyes of any food lover bulge in excitement too. Remember though, you don’t have to wolf down the whole lot and give yourself indigestion! American restaurants are great advocates of the ‘doggy bag’, which you can take home and enjoy for a second time when you’re belt is back on its original notch!

The last city on our Top 5 cities for Foodies is a great place to try some food from all over the world whilst learning English!

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Are you a foodie looking go abroad and explore one of the cities on our top 5? Do you dream about learning a language and discover a new culture? Cactus offers a variety of excellent language courses for those looking to start an immersive language experience.

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Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the links to find more information about any of our Top 5 Cities for Foodies Across the World.

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9 Things to Know About Studying German

9 Things to Know About Studying German

9 Things to Know About Studying German – Your Questions Answered!

Are you interested in studying German? Are you wondering whether you could become fluent in less than a year? Do you want to get to know the German culture for real? If you replied yes to these questions, here you can find 9 things you might be want to know about studying the German language.

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10 BEST Things To Do in Lisbon

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10 BEST Things To Do in Lisbon.. whilst you learn Portuguese!

Lisbon is a beautiful city and there is always plenty to explore! The Portuguese capital is historical, charismatic and at times, chaotic. However, it is all part of its charm. You can lose yourself in Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods, eat the best pastries in the world, and catch the city’s spectacular sunsets. You can experience all of these activities in Lisbon whilst learning Portuguese.

Our list of things to do in Lisbon includes visits to amazing museums, tram rides, and exploring the oldest bookshop in the world. We have also included a list of FREE things to do in Lisbon!

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Best German Schools in Germany!

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The Best German Schools in Germany: Hamburg, Berlin and Munich

Are you interested in learning German in Germany? If your answer is Yes! and you need some inspiration, you are in the right place. Here you can read more about our best German schools in Germany.

We offer plenty great language courses nationwide and all our schools offer high quality tuition. Yet, some of these schools stood out and made it to our Top 3 of best German schools in Germany. Thanks to their popularity, location and facilities, these language schools are the best ones we offer. Go to Hamburg, Berlin and Munich and start journey into the discovery of the German language.

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