Sandwiched between Mexico to the north and El Salvador to the south, Guatemala is a relatively small, tropical country with a striking variety of topographic features. Nearly two-thirds of the country is mountainous and volcanic. The Sierra Madre mountain range forms the spine of Central America and runs parallel to the Pacific coast. The southernmost extension of this range stretches into Guatemala and its peaks rise to 3600 metres in the wild Cuchumatanes region. South of the Cuchumatanes lies the now extinct Volcan Tajumulco (4220m / 13,845 ft) the highest point in Central America. Many of Guatemala's peaks are volcanoes, some of them active and some spectacularly so. The Spanish colonial town of Antigua is a great starting point for hiking and mountain biking trips in this land of great contrast. The choice is yours - take it easy at fabulous Lake Atitlan, trek on fiery Volcan Fuego, bike some of the country's excellent singletrack or travel to the World Heritage site of Tikal, with its well preserved Mayan architecture.