Travel Guides

– Guatemala Travel Guides – Antigua Once the center of Spanish power in colonial Central America, La Antigua Guatemala (Old/Ancient Guatemala) is a gem of a city with pristine cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and magnificent architecture. One of the few places...
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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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Semana Santa in Antigua

Guatemala is roughly 50% Catholic, a huge chunk of them living in and around Antigua. As such, Semana Santa (Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter) here is no laughing matter. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, shining purple banners hang from the city’s buildings and cacophonous...
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Studying Spanish in Guatemala

Many visitors to Guatemala use their trip as an opportunity to learn or brush up on their Spanish at unbeatable costs. The diversity and quality of escuelas de español, in addition to the neutral, singsong Spanish spoken here, makes Guatemala a great place for studying Spanish....
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Accommodations in Guatemala

Accommodations in Guatemala span from the lowly autohotel to the most expensive 5-star resort. On the low end of the spectrum are the drive-in motels used by Guatemalans for romantic getaways with their secret lovers. On the high end are exquisitely decorated luxury resorts with...
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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...