Guatemala Travel Articles and Photos

Amidst Piles of Freshness: Antigua Central Market, Guatemala [360-Degree Panorama]

Antigua Market

As we take off for Central America (this time to Costa Rica), we think back to our first visit to the region a couple of years ago: Antigua, Guatemala.Although Antigua has a reputation for being touristy, we found that it wasn't too difficult to get lost and find a slice of authentic Guatemalan life. One of our favorite places to do this: Antigua's central … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

tikal ruins

Stand in the middle of the Grand Plaza between Temple I and Temple II at Tikal, Guatemala and imagine what life must have been like in this Mayan city over 1,200 years ago when Tikal was at its peak. The size of the temples and surrounding acropolis indicate that this must have been a rich and sophisticated city-state. Yet the ruins are only partially exposed and … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Coffee Berry Hill at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

guatemala coffee

We have a weakness for coffee. But, like so many people, we didn't truly understand where it came from or who the people were behind the process. Then we took a rather adventurous drive along Guatemala's Lake Atitlan from San Pedro to Santiago and met these friendly guys shoveling coffee berries into 50 kilo bags for transport to the nearest coffee cooperative. … [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...]

Livingston: The Other Side of Guatemala

Descendants of shipwrecked slaves from Nigeria; Jerry Garcia's rumored Caribbean seaside bungalow hideout; warrior dances (see video below) and turtle shell drums; echoes of an accented pigeon pidgin English that smacks of Jamaica; and a remarkable coconut seafood soup called tapado.This is Livingston, home of the Garifuna. This is the other side of Guatemala. … [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...]