The 18th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology will be held in Antigua city at:
PORTA HOTEL ANTIGUA 4*
8a Poniente 1
Guatemala is currently the most populous country of Central America, with 15 million residents. Many of its inhabitants are direct descendants of the Mayan civilization and you can find Mayan heritage in the villages surrounding Lake Atitlan and around the central highlands. There is evidence of human settlements on Guatemala as early as 12,000 BC. The Mayas originated around 2,000 BC and built an empire that spanned much of Central America including Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. They thrived between 250 and 900 AD and built vast cities consisting of huge stone buildings, remains of which can be seen to this day, at 1,500 archeological sites.
The famed Mayan ruins and UNESCO World Heritage site at Tikal and Antigua Guatemala provides detailed information on the history of the relics that remain here.
The best-preserved remnants of colonial excess are found in the cobblestone village of Antigua. Surrounded by mountains, Antigua is as atmospheric a place as you could ever imagine. During the day, you can explore the numerous churches, convents and ruins that make this town an open-air museum.
Guatemala is known as the country of eternal spring, and in April you can find the best weather around 75°-79°F, with no rain. Antigua Guatemala is located 42 kms from Aurora International Airport. But the most important value of this country is the warmth of the people, so we hope you can put us in your schedule as your first Pediatric Pulmonology course of the year!