Souvenirs from Guatemala
Guatemalan souvenirs are a lovely way to remember your tropical vacation. Fantastical picture postcards, figural fridge magnets, and cute key chains are all worthy pieces of tourist memorabilia, but you can also find authentic handicrafts for the home. Carvings of animals and local scenes, small trinket boxes and serving trays are just a few of the items that are crafted from wood, while leather jackets, belts, bags and sculptures are a good deal for the money. Hand-woven textiles, often made in the same fashion as for centuries, are turned into clothing, purses, bags, blankets and bed linens, or can be purchased in lots for personal use. Colorful jewelry, made from wooden and glass beads, and charming straw hats with ribbon bands are a lovely addition to any outfit. Bags of coffee beans would make for a practical and tasty souvenir from Guatemala, and medicinal plants for whatever ails you can be found for very reasonable prices.
Natural Species and Conservation in Guatemala
Many tourists come to experience and enjoy Guatemala's natural grandeur on guided hiking and camping tours. In fact, it is on the top five list of biodiversity spots worldwide for having 14 separate ecological areas, including cloud forests, mangroves, swamplands, littorals and scrublands. 1/3 of the country's terrain is forested, and includes a high amount of conifer trees, which are not common in tropical regions. You will also discover 8600 plus forms of vascular plants within its borders. There are over 1200 animal species in the country alone, with 72 only found in Guatemala. This range of flora and fauna has led to almost a third of the country under environmental protection, leading all of Central America in such matters. In fact, the first mixed UNESCO world heritage site was established in Tikal National Park. Such definitive action will ensure the organic patrimony of Guatemala for generations and, perhaps, encourage other nations to follow suit.