My journey through Latin America began in Guatemala. I cannot think of a better country to be introduced to Latin culture than Guatemala. This country has it all: towering volcanoes, historic colonial cities, a prevalent indigenous Mayan population, ancient Mayan ruins, incredible natural resources, and more. The list goes on and on. Guatemala's greatest resource, however, is its people. Guatemalans are some of the most friendly people in the world, and will go out of their way to make your experience more enjoyable.

To really experience Latin America, I knew it would be essential to learn Spanish. After a lot of research, this is why I chose Guatemala. Guatemala is quite possibly the best place in the world to learn Spanish, for three reasons. Foremost is the abundance of Spanish schools in Guatemala. Every major city and many smaller villages contain any number of excellent schools. The second reason Guatemala is the best is the form of Spanish spoken. Guatemalans speak very clearly, and tend to speak slower and more precise than many other Latin countries. This makes it a good choice to begin studying the language. The final reason is the price. Spanish schools in Guatemala are among the most inexpensive in the world, due to the economy of Guatemala.

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