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Aerial Tour of Guatemala

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Guatemala

Zaparolli

Guatemala is the largest country in Central America, with a population (estimated at over 17 million as of 2019) close to double that of Honduras, the next largest country in the region.  Guatemala shares a long border with Mexico and has coasts along both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.  Guatemala was the center of the ancient Mayan civilization which also covered much of the nearby Yucatan Peninsula.  Contributor Zaparoli used his drone to create this stunning aerial tour of this fascinating country. 

Antigua: In the Guatemalan Highlands

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Antigua Guatemala

AshevilleAerial

Contributor and pilot AshvilleAerial used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this beautiful aerial tour of Antigua, a beautiful colonial city in the Highlands of Guatemala.  The city was founded in the mid-16th century by the Spanish Conquistadoras, and was actually the third capital city of what became known as the Kingdom of Guatemala.  Devastated by several earthquakes later in the 16th century, Antigua survived and became one of the most important centers of Spanish and Jesuit culture in Central America.

Mayan Guatemala

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Lands of the Maya - Guatemala and Mexico

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The Mayan people, indigenous to the land stretching across parts of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula portion of Mexico, were known for their sophisticated perspectives on science, engineering, and the arts.  Contributor and drone pilot Dronebros spent two years traveling the Mayan lands and created this video.  His work earned nominations for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week and Drone Video of the Month, and was the Winner for the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards' People & Lifestyle category. 

Antigua's Iglesia Merced

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Iglesia de La Merced

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Amongst the most well-preserved relics of the Spanish Colonial Era in Central America is the city of Antigua in the central Guatemalan highlands.  Antigua served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, a division of the Spanish Empire that covered all of the present day countries of Central America save Panama, plus parts of what is now Southern Mexico.  This drone video captures one of the cultural treasures of this well-preserved town: the Iglesia Merced, a church which was completed in 1767.  

Guatemala City

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Guatemala City at Night

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Guatemala is the most populous nation of Central America, so it's not surprising that its capital Guatemala City is the largest city in the region, with an estimated metropolitan population of about 2.5 million as of 2018.  Guatemala City is also much younger than the other regional capitals, having only become a city after the capital was moved here following a series of earthquakes in the former capital Antigua.   Get a bird's eye view of GC in this impressive drone video from SkycamGuatemala.  

Lake Atitlán

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Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, Central America

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Contributor Sandergarcia created this beautiful drone video of one of the top natural sites of Guatemala.  It's a volcanic lake called Lake Atitlán, and it's in the Guatemalan Highlands region which sits between the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains and the Petén Basin in this Central American country.  Formed by a volcanic eruption estimated to have occurred about 84,000 years ago, the lake covers 130 square km (50 square mi.), with a maximum depth of about 340 meters or over 1.1k ft.  

Lake Atitlán, Tikal, and More

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Guatemala: the land of a blooming rainbow

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Guatemala is the largest of the seven countries of Central America and in many respects the most fascinating.  It lies in the heart of the lands of the old Mayan Empire of Pre-Columbian times, and it features a mix of natural scenery that includes coastlines on two oceans, fearsome volcanoes, stunning lakes, and lush rainforests.  Take a ride through this spectacular country in this drone video, which includes footage of Lake Atitlán (Central America's deepest lake) and the ancient ruins of Tikal.  

Alta Verapaz: Semuc Champey

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Semuc Champey - Guatemala

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Contributor and drone pilot nachobovery created this beautiful aerial video of a natural monument in Guatemala called Semuc Champey.  It's a bridge made of limestone over the Cahabón River, a waterway which runs through the eastern part of this Central American country.  It is situated in the department of Alta Verapaz Department, which covers the central part of Guatemala.  While it's not easily accessible, as you'll see from the video, it's a stunningly beautiful place in the heart of Central America. 

Top Sights of Guatemala

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Visit Guatemala 3.0

skycamguatemala

Skycamguatemala created this beautiful aerial tour of Guatemala, the most populous of the Central American countries.  The video covers many of the most popular sights in the country, including Antigua, Atitlan, and Panajachel.  At about the 1:30 mark, you'll get a look at one of the country's most well known spots: the ruins of Tikal.  The ancient Mayan city was used for establishing shots to create the fictional Planet Yavin in the original Star Wars movie, now retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).

Documentary of Guatemala

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Documentary Film of Guatemala

Zaparolli

Contributor and drone pilot Zaporolli skillfully blended aerial and ground footage from across Guatemala to create this beautiful documentary for the International Cooperation of Spain.  The video shows the beauty of this Central American land and its native people. While the Spanish conquest had a huge (and generally negative) impact on Mayan lands, the indigenous culture held up better here than it did in the Aztec lands to the north or Inca lands to the south, where very little survived the onslaught.   

Migrant Caravan on the Move

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Migrant Caravan and Immigration from Above

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Contributor and pilot Carlos Duarte used a drone to create this powerful video of a Central American "migrant caravan".  These caravans are part of a vast movement of people north from Central America into Mexico and thence to the United States.  In this particular video, you'll see these unfortunates making their way out of (or through) Honduras into Guatemala, which has a long border with Mexico.  Exposed to all manner of deprivations, these migrants hope to make their way to the United States.  

Volcán de Fuego and Acatenango

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Active Volcano Fuego and Acatenango in Guatemala Central America

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Contributor OOO Photography created this stunning drone video of two active volcanoes in the Central American nation of Guatemala.  Volcán de Fuego is the more recently active of the two.  It lies to the west of the historical city of Antigua near the center of the country.  It is almost always active and has erupted frequently.  Acatenango, the second volcano, is joined to Volcán de Fuego in the same masif.  Acatenango's only known eruptions occurred in the 20th century, most recently in 1972.  

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