Current Events in Guatemala

International attention trained its sights on Guatemala in recent months after a massive democratic protest led to the resignation and arrest of the country’s establishment-backed president. Last week, the continued democratic fervor replaced him with an ex-comedian turned...
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Tadpole Stew

This post is a an example of something you can expect more of in the travel guide. Called “Stories from the Field,” these are personal accounts of interesting experiences from my or another’s Peace Corps service, meant to provide a unique look into different and...
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Volcanoes near Antigua Guatemala

Visitors to Guatemala are immediately struck by the many volcanoes that dot its rugged landscape. Just outside of Antigua, four of these mammoth cones lie in wait for the adventurous hiker. Presented here are brief explanations of how to reach and summit Pacaya, Agua, Fuego, and...
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Santiago Atitlán

Santiago Atitlán is the lake’s largest settlement and the cultural center of the Tz’utujil Mayan people. Set in a secluded inlet across from San Pedro la Laguna, this traditional village is guarded from above by the imposing Tolimán and Atitlán volcanoes. Unique in that it lacks...
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Guatemala City’s Historic Center

Guatemala City’s Historic Center is located in the blocks between 1a and 17 Calles and 1a and 12 Avenidas. While it’s not so historic anymore – most of its original architecture has been replaced – efforts are underway to restore its colonial estates, baroque churches, and...
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Ruins of Mixco Viejo

The road leading north from Antigua reaches the town of San Lucas Sacatepéquez at the Panamerican Highway. From here, regular micros continue to San Pedro Sacatepéquez and San Juan Sacatepéquez, two similar Kaqchikel towns known for their spacious central parks and unique yellow...
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Laguna Lachuá National Park

Laguna Lachuá, a jungle-ringed lagoon located deep in the department of Alta Verapaz, is without a doubt one of Guatemala’s hidden gems. If you’ve got the time to venture away from Cobán and Semuc Champey, you won’t regret a visit to this stunning, pristine...
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Xocomil and Xetulul

Xocomil and Xetulul, collectively known as IRTRA, are the twin theme parks located in the southern department of Retalhuleu. Visiting a Guatemalan amusement park may rank low on your trip priorities, but the IRTRA combo is a breath of fresh air if you’ve been wandering the remote...

Guatemalan Comedores

The Guatemalan comedor is without a doubt one of the country’s greatest assets, and something we in the developed world should strive to emulate. One of the reasons it’s so cheap to travel in Guatemala is the prevalence of the magnificent comedor, which combines the...
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Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park, located 63 kilometers from Flores, is the most famous and frequently visited of Petén’s archeological sites. The combination of its gargantuan temples, diverse wildlife, and historical significance make it a must-see for any visitor to Guatemala. The remnants...