The Central Highlands is the region around Guatemala City, stretching northwards to Petén in Guatemala.
The countryside around the two main cities Antigua and Guatemala City, is a spectacular landscape of volcanoes, forests of pines, meadows, corn fields and coffee plantations with occasional villages. It is well-worth a visit. Looming over the capital is the Pacaya volcano which is one of the most active volcanoes throughout Central and South Americas.
The lush mountainous region of Alta Verapaz has an annual average temperature of 21 degrees (centigrade) with a rain fall of 178cm. Alta Verapaz is home to the Pokemchi and Kekchi mayan people groups. The capital of this area is Coban.