It is one of the far reaches of the Caribbean Basin — Guatemala, the heart of the Mayan world.
That’s because it has a small but robust Caribbean coastline, making it a rich part of the wider Caribbean.
And the country’s undisputed jewel is Antigua, the colonial city perched at the feet of volcanoes that is one of the most fascinating places in the region. It is a collection of oases — of place, of time, of culture.
It is a wonderful fixed point in a world that never stops changing.
Here is what it’s like: