Among the CloudsOn Tajumulco, Guatemala
Jun09

Among the Clouds
On Tajumulco, Guatemala

Climbing Tajumulco My boots crunch the gravel underfoot as I stare down a volcano. Tajumulco rises impressive before me, a ring of clouds surrounding its base, the only thing to hint this is the highest peak in Guatemala and all Central America. At 4,220 meters (or 13,845 feet) Tajumulco will be the highest mountain I’ve ever summitted. With one last look to the mighty peak, I stow my camera, lift my pack onto my back, and begin the...

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A Day in Chichicastenango
Aug14

A Day in Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango Guatemala Arriving in Chichicastenango Early Sunday morning I found myself on an uphill shuttle scaling winding roads and crossing lush terrace fields on my way to Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday the sleepy little town that lies on a mountaintop crest comes alive through a colorful market filled with local crafts. On Sundays it also hosts spiritual rituals that mix catholic and Mayan customs. Not...

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Colonial Duo Tour
Nov04

Colonial Duo Tour

  New Colonial Duo Program: El Salvador and Guatemala 6 days Day 1 – Airport to Suchitoto Welcome at the airport and transfer to Suchitoto City. Overnight at Suchitoto. Day 2 – Old City Suchitoto Tour, colonial architecture The city of Suchitoto that offers an essence of ancient city with colonial architecture that seems like the time has stopped. Visit its beautiful cobbled streets, art galleries, crafts and home of...

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Burning of the Devil in Guatemala
Mar03

Burning of the Devil in Guatemala

Traditional Burning of the Devil in Antigua, Guatemala Every year on December 7th an effigy of the devil is set ablaze in Antigua Guatemala. This signifies the cleansing of evil from homes and a fresh start of the Christmas season. An Annual Event in Guatemala As shrapnel from exploding firecrackers hit my face and head, I ducked behind a food vendor’s table. I wasn’t prepared for the blinding, 30-foot high flames and deafening pop of...

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Guatemala Launches the Mayan B`Aktunes Route
May17

Guatemala Launches the Mayan B`Aktunes Route

(NEW YORK- MAY 17, 2012) –The Guatemala Tourism Board, INGUAT, and the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture have announced the launch of the B’aktunes Route, a special cultural route that features archeological sites with strong evidence of the Maya Calendar’s Long Count that ends on December 21, 2012. Pedro Pablo Duchez, Guatemala’s Minister of Tourism, who spoke at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today, said...

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Aeromexico Announces Flights to Guatemala
Jun24

Aeromexico Announces Flights to Guatemala

Mexico City, June 7, 2011- Aeromexico, Mexico’s Global Airline, announces new flights to Guatemala from Mexico City beginning July 4th, 2011. The new flights are part of the airline’s international expansion plan announced earlier this year. The flights will be operated on the next generation Boeing 737 with convenient schedules that will allow passengers to connect, domestically and internationally, to a network of Aeromexico...

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My Favorite Photos from Guatemala
Oct31

My Favorite Photos from Guatemala

Well, what I really mean is favorites for now. I found Guatemala and interesting vision country and if I had more time I would have likely come home with triple the amount of photos I had taken during my stay. Still, I got lucky with some good lighting and inspiring subjects including people, Antigua, Guatemala City, Tikal and several interesting villages. For more photos of...

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The CATM and Miss Guatemala
Oct25

The CATM and Miss Guatemala

My visit to CATM (Central American Travel Mart) in San Salvador, El Salvador, was three days of meetings, networking, sightseeing, business lunches, awe of local artisans and a constant, but futile, effort to improve my Spanish. In all aspects, I would call an assignment like this a complete success — except for the Spanish, but I tried. The event itself is a yearly gathering of travel and tourism companies representing all...

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The Luster of Lanquin, Guatemala

Take a canopy tour in Tikal. Climb a volcano outside of Quetzaltenango. Lounge on the sunny shores of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala offers a variety of places to partake in both adventure and relaxation, but no place combines the two more perfectly than the rural village of Lanquin and its enticing surroundings. Lanquin is located in central Guatemala near the city of Coban, about halfway between the better-known tourist destinations of...

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Finding Green Travel in Latin America (video podcast)

Maryl chats with Federico about “green” travel in Latin American countries. Federico of the Rainforest Alliance wants to get the word out that there many option for conscientious travelers looking for green tourism options in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Belize and minimizing our “footprint while traveling at home and on vacation. This interview is from the recent Adventurers travel Expo in Los Angeles for more...

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