Guatemala


Colorful Chichicastengo cemetery

Chichicastenango’s Cemetery

CHICHICASTENANGO, Guatemala — Chichicastengo’s colorful cemetery is well worth a visit if you’re in town for the famous market day.

Tikal Mayan Ruins and Morning Mist

The Mighty Maya City of Tikal

TIKAL, Guatemala —Tikal, in northern Guatemala, was once one the largest and most powerful of the Maya cities. Today it has been most taken over by jungle.

Chicken Buses Antigua Guatemala Painted

The Chicken Buses of Central America

GUATEMALA — Central America is where American school buses go to retire. In the balmy tropical climes of places like Guatemala and Honduras, they’re given a new, colorful lease on life.

Flores Guatemala Boys Fishing From Canoe on Lake

A Caribbean Island 100 Miles from the Sea

FLORES, Gutemala — I’m on a real Caribbean island. But it’s 100 miles from the sea. Flores is a tiny island village in Guatemala’s Lake Peten Itza. It makes for a convenient jumping off point for visiting the nearby Maya ruins of Tikal.

Pacaya Volcano Tour Group at Summit

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Just outside Antigua, Pacaya is one of several active volcanos that make up the Central American Volcanic Arc.

Chichicastengo market fruit and vegetables wide-angle

Market Day in Chichicastenango

CHICHICASTENANGO, Guatemala – Chichicastenango is a town where buying and selling is everything. Its markets are reputed to be the largest in Central America; the range of wares on offer is truly impressive. And the indigenous Maya culture adds a distinct local flavor to the town.

Children playing in Antigua, Guatemala

The Town that Defied God and the Government

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — If God and the government had their way, Antigua wouldn’t exist. But it’s a good thing it does. With charming Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and a vibrant cultural life, it’s a wonderful place to visit.

Fireworks in Chichicastenango Guatemala Fire Wheel

Fireworks in Chichicastenango

CHICHICASTENANGO, Guatemala — Guatemalans sure love their fireworks. And Chichicastenango, in the Guatemalan highlands, is not a place that considers fireworks only night-time entertainment.

Catedral Metropolitana on Parque Central in Guatemala City

Guatemala City’s Zona 1

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — Guatemala City isn’t a popular tourist destination, in large part because of the scourge of violent crime, but there are some things worth seeing in this otherwise crowded and poverty-stricken city.