Volcanic tourism attracts travelers to Guatemala

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    Volcanic tourism is emerging as another modality in Guatemala, a country that
    is one of the five that make up the Mayan world, but counts also with approximately 288 volcanoes or structures of volcanic origin, attractive natural wonders for many travelers.
    Only eight have reports of activity in historical times and three are the most active today.
    In this natural paradise there is an extraordinary landscape that makes you fall in love, not only because of the archeological richness of the Mayan temples, but also the large number of ecosystems, volcanoes, rivers, caves and forests.
    Currently the tourists who access the volcanoes in the world - more of 134 million people visit annually - do so for several educational, ecological or adventure reasons and do not respond to a profile as specific as in past centuries.
    Volcanic tourism in Guatemala is linked to Sierra Madre, in the vicinity of the Pacific Ocean, and the volcanoes in that nation are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and make their territory in one of the most densely covered areas of thesegeological phenomena in the world.
    Many tourists travel to see the volcanoes Acatenango, de Fuego, de Pacaya, Tajumulco, de Ipala, de Chicabal, and they believe it is an unparalleled experience.
    They practice the modality of volcanic tourism through trails, which represent a way of enhancing the value of geomorphological resources through those itineraries by means of tours that they organize for that purpose.
    In a country like Guatemala, where the tourism sector is the second generator of foreign exchange for the country, the modality of the volcanoes represents another route that is equally linked to other attractions, among them spas, adventure tourism, or risk sports, such as climbing.
    Along with the impressive landscapes that reveal to those who practice volcanic tourism, it is also intermingled with the legends and myths that in other times arose to justify their eruptions, because native people did not have a scientific answer.


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