Inguat Promotes Guatemala’s World Heritage Sites

Tak'alik Ab'aj joins this prestigious list, strengthening Guatemala's cultural richness even more.

by Astrid Luna

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- The Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat- is promoting Guatemala’s world heritage sites to attract tourism.

The Director of Inguat, Anayansy Rodriguez, stated, “During October, we will be promoting Tak’alik Ab’aj after its inscription as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization -Unesco-.”

The director stressed that Inguat maintains a strategic and strengthening plan to promote Guatemala’s four World Heritage Sites.

Previous Guatemalan sites to obtain this distinction were:

  • Tikal National Park
  • Antigua Guatemala
  • Archaeological park and ruins of Quiriguá

These names have resonated worldwide as cultural and archaeological treasures of the country. Tak’alik Ab’aj is part of this distinguished list, strengthening Guatemala’s cultural richness even more.

The last Guatemalan site to enter the list in 1981 was Quiriguá. Guatemala has a new place on the list of recognized sites after 42 years.

Intangible Heritage of Humanity

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), in a remarkable act on  February 26, 2023, made official the declaration of Holy Week in Guatemala as a new Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The event was attended by eighteen Unesco ambassadors, who endorsed Guatemala’s nomination.

As an expression and display of the traditions surrounding the Holy Week, more than eighty Catholic brotherhoods from all over the country were present in the central plaza.

The ceremony was full of colors, scents, and religious and cultural manifestations that demonstrated the value of receiving this recognition from the world.

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