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Zona 1 de Villa Nueva, Villa Nueva, Guatemala
The "Volcán de Agua," just west of Guatemala City, at sunset... Going 'up north' to visit Guatemala, where an old family friend has lived for years, was our vacation during the year we lived in Nicaragua. Her neighborhood is in the hills above...
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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
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Tikal, Guatemala
A highlight of visiting the amazing, awe-inspiring Mayan ruins of Tikal National Park, was seeing real life monkeys swinging in the branches above us. No cages, no zoos--just a real-life jungle experience!
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
At the end of a week-long stay in Antigua, attending intensive language classes, my brain was full of newly acquired verb-tenses and vocabulary lists--pleasantly full, but tired. I let my wife sleep in as I went for an early morning walk around...
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Getting up in the pre-dawn is not usually on my agenda, but wanting to see the Gran Plaza in Tikal at sunrise was sufficient motivation. I expected at least a handful of others would be similarly motivated, but my expectation was fantastically...
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2a Avenida Norte # 11 La Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala 03002, Guatemala
We went to Guatemala on my 40th birthday. I was itching to go somewhere with true culture, lots of color and charm. My gypsy soul was calling. The city of Antigua is a lovely base of operations. It is a renovated colonial town filled with...
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Plaza Central, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
On to the Chichicastenango markets. Up and up, around and down through the green valleys we went, twisting and winding. Then you are there. Part of their world at that moment. Connected. It is HOW you go that will matter. Go with curiosity but...
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Tikal, Guatemala
One of the many gorgeous birds we saw during our tour of the extraordinary Mayan ruins of Tikal.
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Guatemala
During our stay at Francis Ford Coppola's small boutique resort, La Lancha, we had the pleasure of viewing howler monkeys right on the property. There were three different families of monkeys and they would swing in the canopies surrounding the...
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Aldous Huxley said this about Lake Atitlan when he visited and I agree. This is the lake that I am looking at right now from my living room window. I swear the bewitching beauty sparks new cells in your eyeballs. It melts your heart to look at...
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Central America
These masks adorn the wall at the restaurant on the La Lancha property. This intimate lakeside boutique resort is one of my favorite places I have ever stayed. Pictures and words don't do justice to this magical retreat. If planning a trip to...
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Tikal, Guatemala
From one temple-top to another: on top of the world in Tikal National Park in northeastern Guatemala. These Maya pyramids (8th century) were the tallest structures built in the Americas until twentieth century skyscrapers arose in New York City....
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San Vicente Pacaya, Guatemala
On our first trip to Central America, my wife and I had lugged bulky hiking boots with us, just for this--a hike to the top of a volcano. But, as you can see in the photo, my wife is wearing sandals at the summit...huh? Dealing with...
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Guatemala
After a trip that involve building a house, kayaking a crater lake, hiking through a jungle, and biking down a mountainside, we relaxed at Earth Lodge - a cabin resort/ avacado farm. We ate like kings and slept like babies as we overlooked the...
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Yaxchilan, 29950 Ocosingo, Chis., Mexico
An hour boat ride along Usumacinta River on the Guatemala border can take you to Yaxchilan, Palenque’s less visited cousin in the tropics of Chiapas, Mexico. Twelve-thousand-year old architecture brings many questions to mind. But at this moment,...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Aside from the religious events, what makes the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebration in Antigua, Guatemala so unique are the flower and sawdust “alfombras” (carpets) created on the cobblestone streets of the town. These huge works of art are...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
This is my friends' Bob & Megan's Super Natural Jugo Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala. They go to the Mayan market everyday to buy the freshest mango, papaya, coconut, zanoria, fresa, banano, mora, and more. I lived off the panqueques de banano - and...