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Guatemala has some pretty complex place names, but no one even bothers trying to pronounce this one. It's ray-tahl-hoo-LAY-oo if you care to venture a try—that means "sign of hollows in the earth"—but everyone just goes with "Reu" (RAY-oo) for short. This friendly, one-time cacao town has become Guatemala's very own Orlando, with two huge amusement parks just outside town. Water sports beckon
between here and the coast, and on the way east to neighboring Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa. The nearby indigenous ruins of Takalik Abaj are just a short trip west toward the Mexican border.
Ghastly" and "exhaust-ridden" are two of the terms travelers use to describe the region's largest city. If you're negotiating the Pacific lowlands...
Look up "laid-back beach town" in the dictionary, and you just might find a picture of Monterrico, the only town in the country with such a...