Most well beaten path travelers opt to head straight to Antigua, mistakenly thinking that Guatemala City is entirely a part of Dante's Inferno. The countryside around Antigua and Guatemala City is a spectacular landscape of volcanoes, forests of pines, meadows, corn fields and coffee plantations with occasional villages. The city itself has some of the best Mayan artifact collections in the world. It is well-worth a visit. Looming over the capital is the Pacaya volcano which is one of the most active volcanoes throughout Central and South Americas.