Guatemala Travel Articles and Photos

Central America: Immigration Stories

As we travel, it's common for locals the world over to ask us where we are from. In Asia, the response "The United States" was usually sufficient. In Europe, they didn't ask; they assumed.Not so in Central America. People were curious to know the states and often the towns and cities where we grew up, where we have lived. After sharing our details, it wasn't … [Read more...]

Microfinance Panoramas from Guatemala

Microfinance in Guatemala

What does a family-run small business launched or expanded with the help of a microloan look like?We offer a couple of answers...in three dimensions.Maybe you've seen our photo essays from microfinance programs in Guatemala and India. Now we share a three-dimensional inside look - via 360 degree panoramic photography - at two small family-run businesses in … [Read more...]

What is Guatemala? A Photographic Answer

Guatemala surprises with its variety and delivers a diversity of humanity and landscape that belies its size.From the indigenous groups whose villages press into the hillsides of the Western highlands to the epic Mayan ruins of Tikal, there's a little something for everyone within Guatemala's oddly carved borders. … [Read more...]

A Road Trip, Some Banditos, and a Dose of Fear

There we were at the dock in San Pedro bargaining for a boat to Santiago. The price seemed prohibitively high for a whimsical afternoon side trip on Lake Atitlan. Natasha, another traveler hoping to take the same boat, also questioned the price.“You know, I have a car here. We could drive. You can just give me some gas money.”Sounded like a reasonable … [Read more...]

Life Happened on the Way to the Piñata Factory

The other day we broke down in Guatemala City -- in front of a piñata factory no less.I helped push the stalled PT Cruiser whose motor had knocked, pinged and spoken of better days. Back then forward, we rolled the car out of traffic and into a parking lot.Guatemala City is notorious for guns, violence, drugs, blighted neighborhoods and danger lurking around … [Read more...]