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The surprise highlight of our 2009 travels in Central America was Guatemala, a country that meant little to us before we saw it. Though poor monetarily, Guatemala is rich in the beauty of its scenery, the quiet dignity of many of its people, and the grandeur of its Mayan ruins. We were especially charmed by the traditional dress proudly worn by Maya women, though less charmed by the traditional Guatemalan bus system.

At a Fork in the Road

At a Fork in the Road

One of the strange and interesting things about traveling the way we do is having almost complete freedom of choice. We rarely plan or book things more than a day or two ahead, so (theoretically) at any point we can head in any direction. Right now we’re in Flores, a pretty little lakeside town in… Read More

Impressions of Guatemala

Impressions of Guatemala

We’ve been in the country for almost three weeks now: in the northern Peten region next to Belize, in the central highlands of the Alta Verapaz, and on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala isn´t a country we had given much thought to before, but it´s turning out to be fascinating. Here are some of… Read More

Market Day in Guatemala

Market Day in Guatemala

It’s Friday. If you live in one of the villages on the north side of Lake Atitlan, that means it´s market day in Solola, the regional capital that sprawls across the hills high above the lake. So you get up and put on your second-best clothes (the best are reserved for religious festivals and fiestas).… 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

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

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

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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The Prettiest City in Guatemala

The Prettiest City in Guatemala

Antigua sits on a plain surrounded by low hills and three tall volcanoes. When we were here a few weeks ago (before our detour into southern Honduras), we managed to take some pictures of them. Now, although the house we’re looking after has windows facing all three volcanoes, you can barely see them through the… Read More