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Guatemalan Holidays

Guatemalan holidays are no laughing matter. Fun-loving chapines can be found celebrating something just about every week of the year. The following is a list of must-see celebrations and when they occur so that you can plan your trip to take part in the fun. Semana Santa (Holy...

Getting Around Guatemala

Once you’ve arrived in-country, you’ll find that getting around Guatemala is incredibly cheap. While Guatemala’s hectic forms of public transportation take some getting used to, they are usually quite convenient and always a fascinating experience. The cheapest...
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The Famous Guatemalan Refacción

Don’t go looking for a ‘merienda’ (snack) in Guatemala. Here, the refacción (refa for short) is king. Refacción is typically enjoyed mid-morning and again in the early afternoon, especially in schools and offices. In fact, the Guatemalan government is required to provide free...
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Guatemalan Corn Words

Guatemalans love their corn. Besides its spiritual significance to the ancient Mayan, la milpa (as it’s known here) is an essential part of Guatemalan life. The majority of rural farmers and their families depend on just one large corn harvest per year to make all of their...
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The Armed Conflict in Rabinal

Like the department of Quiché, indigenous Baja Verapaz was the target of scorched earth tactics during the early 1980s, and three of the deadliest massacres of the armed conflict occurred in Rabinal. On September 15, 1981 (Guatemalan Independence Day), the army descended upon the...
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Río Dulce

Inland from Lívingston, the spectacular Río Dulce weaves upstream through a breathtaking six-mile gorge with sheer cliffs of over 100 meters on either side. This freshwater channel is popular for boating, swimming, and simply relaxing It is surrounded by the Río Dulce National...
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Sea Turtles of Guatemala

Beautiful Monterrico’s desolate black sand beaches make perfect nesting grounds for the rare Leatherback, Olive Ridley, and Green sea turtles. Guatemala recently established the Biotopo Monterrico-Hawaii to ward off poachers, who collect turtles for meat and their eggs for food....
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Jade in Guatemala

A sacred stone during the height of Mayan civilization, jadeite (more commonly known as jade) is traced to a specific region of Guatemala, the Motagua Valley, located along the Motagua River near the eastern department of Izabal. This low-lying region is one of only four parts of...
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The Resplendent Quetzal

The most spectacular of Guatemala’s fauna, the resplendent quetzal is paid tribute by the very name of the country’s currency. The Q1 coin includes a drawing of the quetzal, its tail artfully designed to spell out the word paz (peace). While deforestation has significantly...
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Todos Santos Cuchumatán

Deep in the department of Huehuetenango lies the intensely traditional town of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, a fascinating place for visitors interested in indigenous Mayan culture. The road to Todos Santos from Huehuetenango proper climbs steadily until a tiny community called La...