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Situated in north-east Guatemala, Santo Tomas de Castilla lies on Amatique Bay – just off the Gulf of Honduras. With a captivating Mayon history, Santo Tomas de Castilla is a destination well worth exploring. During your time here you can get an insight into the lives of ancient civilisations by wandering the enchanting ruins at Tikal. Surrounded by a lush forest, this mystical place is the largest of all Mayan sites – you'll find over 500 excavated structures here, such as the ‘Temple of the Jaguar' and the ‘Lost World Complex'.
Another popular site is ‘Quirigua National Park'. Surrounded by banana plantations, this is where you can marvel at an array of 8th century monuments. Santo Tomas de Castilla also provides easy access to a number of beautiful beaches.
If you're after finding that special souvenir or gift, head to the city's shopping village – there are plenty of unique items on offer here. Also worth a visit is Zone 1 or the Old City's Zone for items such as textiles, hand-crafted wares, artworks made by the local people. And be sure to check out ‘Chichicastenango' – it's one of the most famous markets in the city.
The local currency is Santo Tomas de Castilla the Quetzal (GTQ). Santo Tomas de Castilla is 7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -7).
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