The impossibility of travel, thank you Coronavirus, has caused such devastation to the tourism industry of Guatemala that some wonder if a recovery is possible. A country that already has a poverty rate of almost 60% has been further decimated by the general prohibition of one of its most robust economic sectors, Guatemalan tourism.
Prior to the pandemic, Guatemalan tourism was seeing significant increases growing greater than 10% year over year for the 3 years, then in an instant, it was over. All of the growth and all of the potential. Now the industry is back to its roots and back to finding a path forward. All of that leaves us with the question of, why Guatemalan tourism needs you? The fact is, we believe, right now in particular, the better question may be, why do you need Guatemalan tourism?
If you’re like us, this pandemic has been stressful. Being unable to see friends and family, unable to leave your house and being afraid of what’s outside has been near unbearable. The stress of being forced to self-isolate away from others, away from hope and away from life, has created quite a life changing experience for most of us. Now, as we’re beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, the question becomes, are you ready to live again?
If the answer to that question is yes! And we suspect it is for most of us, why would you not embark on a journey to wild jungles and ancient ruins. A trip to Guatemala is exactly what the doctor ordered right now. You’ll get to experience a diverse culture, steeped in history, and enriched with local flair. And to top it off, many of the best activities you can do in Guatemala are outdoor activities.
Imagine yourself in a dense jungle walking through the humidity drenched air spotting monkeys in the trees, what a joy that could be. Or, if jungles aren’t your thing, imagine being on a paddle board in the middle of a beautiful lake with an ancient volcano rising in the distance, surrounded by nothing but calming, clean air, and friends and family. At this point, nothing sounds better.
On top of all of the natural beauty and the wonderful life changing experiences that you would get to have, you’d get the peace of mind that comes with giving back. While most people view vacations as a money dump, you can view your vacation or humanitarian tour to Guatemala as a way to give back to those who have less than you. By deciding to take a vacation to Guatemala not only will you be giving yourself a break, you’ll also be helping to feed someone for a day or even a week. You’ll be giving new life to a country torn apart by a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted a country due to its poverty. What a great experience!
If you’re worried about traveling during the pandemic, you should look to get some assistance. If you’re wanting to travel to Guatemala, the assistance is ready and easy. Look at Guatemalan Humanitarian Tours. We’ve set out a well-defined itinerary that is sure to get you out and about in the community. Our trips offer the best of sightseeing combined with real and personal humanitarian experiences. You can trust us to provide you with the safest system for traveling through the country.
We want you to see the best this amazing country has to offer. You’ll meet unique individuals and experience life changing, in a good way. And have moments with people who have passed through the toughest of the tough. Imagine painting with kids at an orphanage and connecting with them as the special little humans that they are. These are not the kind of experiences you can simply find on your own.
If you’ve spent the last year of your life wondering what it’s all for, stop wondering. A trip to Guatemala will provide you with the perspective you need to get back on track. By taking this trip, you’ll be an important piece of the puzzle that will help revive Guatemalan tourism. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll be able to introduce a little peace into your life, a sense of purpose, to go along with a sense of hope.
Given all of the tumult in the world around us, it’s time to rise up and be the change you want to see. The coronavirus pandemic has dared us all to live, it has challenged the way we live. So let’s take back our lives, take back our hope, and take the next step in being great. Let’s prove to ourselves and to mother nature, that we can handle it, that we are better than what the last year has given us. Rise up and change the course of history, visit Guatemala, and let’s change the narrative.