Astronomical Tourism, A New Opportunity for the Country

Authorities continue promoting this new tourism segment.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. The Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat- continues to promote the Strategic Plan for the Sustainable Development of Astronomical Tourism 2024–2030.

Inguat announced that this plan aims to attract more visitors by promoting the improvement of the country’s various destinations.

The director of Inguat has detailed that astronomical tourism represents a new gateway for tourists due to the potential offered by the country’s cultural and natural heritage.

Guatemala has a unique cultural and natural legacy and exceptional tourist potential in the country. The night sky, clear and free of light pollution in many areas, becomes a perfect showcase for observing stars, planets, and cosmic phenomena, the ideal scenario for practicing astronomical tourism.

Sustainable Development Plan

The Strategic Plan developed by Inguat promotes activities encouraging the observation of the sky and the experience of admiring astronomy from enigmatic spaces in the country.

This plan, therefore, seeks to establish a path towards the sustainable development of this tourism segment. The plan goes along with responsible promotion that benefits local communities, respects biodiversity, and conserves the valuable natural and cultural heritage associated with astronomy.

The methodology proposed is based on a participatory and multidisciplinary approach. In addition, its implementation is intended to establish guidelines for sustainability and responsible tourism to balance economic growth, environmental conservation, and the well-being of local communities.

Astronomical Tourism

Astronomic tourism, also known as Astro-tourism, is a tourist variant in which the natural resources of space, such as stars, planets, asteroids, and galaxies, are highlighted.

Therefore, this approach promotes astronomy by developing activities in sites without light pollution, low population, and low or no industrial activity.

In this way, visiting local communities, mainly rural areas with breathtaking destinations, is promoted.

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