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What-a Ball-a in Guatemala

Hands down and without equivocation, Guatemala is the gem of Central America, offering more to the traveler than any of its half dozen neighbors, even if the equatorial heat had melted them into a tropical glob.

World class sites stretch from the most fabulous Mayan ruin at Tikal in the north to the Rio Dulce and Lago Izabal in the south, sandwiching polychromatic markets and variously active volcanoes from Antigua to Lago Atitlan. Read more...

Biking Belize and Guatemala: From Temple to Temple

Shadows flicker on the cave walls as I squeeze into narrow crevices, skirt past 100,000-year-old stalactites, wade through waist-high algid water and slide down abrupt rock faces. What kind of courage must have it taken for the Mayans to enter such a forbidding place?

“Don’t step there,” our guide Emilio barks out from in front as he points over to pottery left here by the Mayans centuries ago. The trail is littered with ceramic pots of all sizes, their bottoms broken in order to release the spirits. Camera flashes abound. Read more....

Mayan women on the way to market - photo courtesy of Atitlan.com
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Guatemala and its Caribbean Treasure

If you think Playa de Carmen is played out and Belize has bottomed, head a little further south to Guatemala. You can find more thrills and chills to check up on. Hedonist and history buff will both find plenty to please. It is a fact that there are more Mayan people living in Guatemala than anywhere else. From beach resorts to Caribbean villages to jungle treks the Izabal area has a lot of options.

One of the most unusual aspects of my visit to the area was the encounter with wildlife. At times that meant facing down a lifelong phobia of snakes. Read more...

 

Read more GoNOMAD stories about Guatemala:

Building a House in Guatemala: The Gift of a Home

View photo galleries taken by travelers to Guatemala

Guatemala: Sunday Night In Antigua

Guatemala Photo Gallery by Paul Shoul

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala: Mayan Culture Survives Tourism

Photographing Tourists in Guatemala

Under the Volcanoes: Studying Spanish in Guatemala

Threads of Sisterhood: Weaving with Mayan Women in Guatemala

El Mirador, Guatemala: La Gran Aventura

Todos Santos, Cuchumatán, Guatemala

 

 

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of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This alone is reason enough to take up a language course in a foreign country
A Threads of Sisterhood: Weaving With Mayan Women in Guatemala By Sheila Mary Koch
Vacation in Guatemala By Tim Leffel ACome on, letAs go to the top!A Alina says as she scrambles up
Guatemala Photo Gallery - Page Two Photos by David Rich A Guatemalan fabric A A
Under the Volcanoes: Studying Spanish in Guatemala By Kristin Johannsen Do
of It: Responsible Travel through Language Schools in Guatemala By Victoria Schlesinger From the steamy
GoNOMAD Photo Gallery: Images of Guatemala by Paul Shoul A Mayan woman
DESTINATION MINI GUIDE: Todos Santos CuchumatA!n, Guatemala By Sheila Mary Koch Todos
Lake Atitlan, seen from Palopo - photos by David Rich What-a Ball-a in Guatemala
, Guatemala: Mayan Culture Survives Tourism By Mary Hammerbeck The ancient, craterous lake
El Mirador, Guatemala: La Gran Aventura By Tim Brewer The view

 


 

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