Monthly Archives: March 2009

Further Impressions of Guatemala

Further Impressions of Guatemala

Somehow, the time has passed and we’ve spent nearly six weeks in this interesting country. Here are a few more things we’ve noticed as we’ve traveled around Guatemala:

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Honduras: From Guatemala to Guatepeor

Honduras: From Guatemala to Guatepeor

For our non-Spanish-speaking readers, that title is a little joke (“mala” means bad; “peor” means worse). We never expected to spend a week in Copan Ruinas, the small town in western Honduras that has sprung up about a kilometer from the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Copan. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a… Read More

Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road

As in Belize, most ordinary buses in Guatemala are recycled U.S. school buses (all made by the Blue Bird Body Company of Fort Valley, Georgia). These are invariably uncomfortable and rattly, with people crowded three to a seat. (Thank goodness the population around here, like us, is on the short side.) Many of the drivers… Read More

Ruins in the Jungle

Ruins in the Jungle

We saw a lot of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize, but Tikal—the premier Mayan site in Guatemala, which we visited last month—beats them all. It’s big (10 square miles) with structures spanning a period from 500 B.C. to the mid-700s A.D. Best of all, Tikal sits in the middle of a vast… Read More

Life and Death on Lake Atitlan

Life and Death on Lake Atitlan

Aldous Huxley described Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan as the most beautiful lake in the world. We’re not sure—we’ve seen a lot of beautiful lakes, in Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and elsewhere. But this lake is certainly one of the most distinctive. It´s ringed by steep hills and three perfectly cone-shaped volcanoes (now dormant, thankfully). Combine that with… Read More