Guatemala

A Day in Chichicastenango

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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 surprisingly, visiting Chichicastenango on a Sunday had been a must on my list ever since I bought my ticket to...

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Colonial Duo Tour

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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 one of the main attractions of the city for its structure and historical importance: the Santa Lucia Church,...

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Burning of the Devil in Guatemala

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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 firecrackers as the effigy of the devil was set ablaze in Antigua, Guatemala. I had come here to photograph...

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Guatemala Launches the Mayan B`Aktunes Route

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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 that Guatemala is ready to welcome visitors interested in taking part in welcoming the new era of the Maya....

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Aeromexico Announces Flights to Guatemala

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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 flights. The flights schedule will be as follows: Mexico City – Guatemala Departure Arrival Frequency 7:30 am 8:25 am...

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My Favorite Photos from Guatemala

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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

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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 seven of Central America’s countries: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and...

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The Luster of Lanquin, Guatemala

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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 Panajachel and Tikal. From Coban, I took a microbus two hours down curvy dirt roads through mountainous coffee...

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GVI Volunteer Travel Packages

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(BOSTON, Mass. – May 30, 2007) – Global Vision International is a recognized leader in volunteer travel and promotes sustainable development by supplying international volunteers, equipment, funding and training to governmental groups, charities, NGOs and communities in more than 30 countries to assist in conservation and development projects. Below are three examples of the more than 150 distinct volunteer travel packages offered through GVI. For a complete list of packages and more information, visit www.gviusa.com or call (888)...

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Finding Green Travel in Latin America (video podcast)

Posted by on 11:01 pm in Belize, Ecotourism, Ecuador, Guatemala, ITKT Videos | 0 comments

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 on travel at ITKT. Video produced by Wayfarer Digital. Photo by Catriona...

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Latin American Tours with Intrepid

Posted by on 7:22 pm in Announcements, Costa Rica News, Ecuador News, Guatemala News, Honduras News, Nicaragua News, Peru News | 2 comments

Experience the real Latin America with Intrepid and help the world breathe easy Book any Intrepid Travel Latin American adventure during February and March 2007 and 10% of the trip cost will be donated to the Intrepid Foundation’s Amazon Fund to help save the natural wonder. Away from the rumba filled streets, the wildlife rich oceans and the Incan filled highlands lay the lungs of the Earth – the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is a truly spectacular part of the planet. As the largest tropical rainforest in the world, it shelters unique...

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Cruise from Arctic to Antarctica

Posted by on 5:05 pm in Announcements, Belize News, Canada News, Chile News, Costa Rica News, Ecuador News, Greenland News, Guatemala News, Honduras News, Iceland News, Panama News, Peru News, Scotland News | 0 comments

New York, NY, December 2006 — In announcing what is believed to be a true first for the cruise industry, Norwegian Coastal Voyage has unveiled a new 66-day Expedition, “World Cruise – From Arctic to Antarctica,” filling passenger’s passports with visits to 44 ports in 17 countries on four continents, taking a longitudinal route from pole-to-pole. Upon stepping aboard the new 160-stateroom MS Fram, the world’s newest and most deluxe expedition ship, on September 18, 2007, guests will take up residency and embark on an odyssey of...

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Eco Resort Pledges to Protect Belize’s Barrier Reef

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ECO-CONSCIOUS RESORT PLEDGES TO PROTECT BELIZE’SBARRIER REEF—El Pescador Aligns Itself with Carbon Offset Program AMBERGRIS CAYE, Belize, October 24, 2006 — With nearly 40 percent of its land under protection by the government, the Central American country of Belize has long been praised as a leader in ecotourism.  Committed to conservation, El Pescador, a premier fishing and eco-adventure resort located on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, is pleased to introduce its involvement in the Carbon Offset Program, its newest...

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47 New Tours for Mountain Travel Sobek

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Emeryville, CA-September 18 2006-Adventurous travelers will have more exciting trip choices than ever as they begin planning their travel for the coming year: Mountain Travel Sobek, North America’s leading adventure travel company, has added 47 new adventures to their total roster of more than 135 worldwide group programs, not including nearly 30 special programs designed especially for private individual travel. New adventures include: ¨ Treks in Patagonia, Tibet, India, and an inn-to-inn trek to Machu Picchu ¨ Sea kayaking on...

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