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What to do in Guatemala: The Country Where Money Grows on Trees?

Guatemala is a country rich in Mayan culture, where history is intertwined with the present. We begin our route in Antigua, a city that is a World Heritage Site, and from there we head to Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes and indigenous villages.

We cannot forget Tikal, one of the most fascinating Mayan archaeological sites, and Semuc Champey, a natural sequence of turquoise pools. And finally, it's time to visit the place we promised: the Moneda Forest, a place where the trees display banknotes.

The local currency is the quetzal, named after Guatemala's national bird. They speak Spanish, and we Brazilians do not need a visa to enter the country for up to 90 days.

The country's socioeconomic situation is complex. Although the economy is based on agriculture, there is a high rate of poverty. Politically, Guatemala is a democratic republic, but it faces significant corruption challenges.


Traveling to Guatemala is not expensive compared to other destinations. With planning, you can enjoy a lot without spending so much. We traveled well by car in the country and even visited several in Central America.

And now the curiosity of the title: in Floresta da Moneda, visitors attach banknotes to trees as offerings for luck and prosperity. crazy, isn't it?

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