Tourism became one of the main drivers of the economy. Guatemala received about 2 million tourists yearly. In recent years, it has led to the visit of many cruise ships that touch important seaports in Guatemala, leading to more tourists visiting the country. In its territory there are fascinating Mayan archaeological sites (Tikal in the Peten, Quirigua in Izabal, Iximche in Tecpan Chimaltenango, and in the City of Guatemala). Destinations of natural beauty such as Lake Atitlan and Semuc Champey. As historical tourism is the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, which is recognized by UNESCO Cultural Heritage.
Tourism in Guatemala has grown gradually. It is an attractive destination because of the abundant and varied natural beauty and its long beaches of white sand and dark sand, coral reefs, abundant flora and fauna, and archaeological beauties, its colonial history, plus its entire culture expressed in their customs and traditional foods.