In the heart of Mayan civilization lies the intriguing nation of Guatemala. The Mayans endured here until the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. An imperialistic people, the Mayans left behind magnificent architecture, including the temples and shrines of Tikal in the country’s north. Such ruins are not only visually stunning, but they conjure up a sense of enchantment in those who explore them. Today, the indigenous peoples of Guatemala still wear their traditional embroidered clothing as they tend to fields and sell their produce in some of the world’s most lively and colourful markets. Like other countries in the “biodiversity hotspot” of Central America, Guatemala is home to a plethora of unique species, including the gentle West Indian Manatee.