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Quiriguá

Quiriguá

A new sun rises over the steaming Guatemalan jungle. In the low, green forest, a mighty king stands tall, placidly surveying his realm. He...

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Antigua

Guatemala, 1541. The two Mayan kingdoms, the K’iche and the Kakchikel, have been defeated by Spanish forces fighting under Pedro de Alvarado, a...

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Panajachel

Panajachel

The hand-lettered sign was poorly copied and pasted to a light post. It read simply “Free Quetzal.” I understood the words but not the...

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Tikal

Tikal, the mightiest of the Maya cities, had languished in decadence for a century and a half. No new great temples had been built, no new...

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Mariscos

Mariscos

Cicadas hum in the heat of mid-afternoon. Sunlight gilds the waters placidly lapping against the shore. This water is warm and so clear I can see...

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Nebaj and the Ixil Triangle

Nebaj and the Ixil Triangle

The mournful voice of a reed horn, the beating of a drum echo down narrow streets, through misty morning mountains. A feast day is dawning deep...

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Volcán Pacaya

Volcán Pacaya

It was a small poster on the stone wall at Anna’s Café in Antigua Guatemala that tickled our collective sense of adventure. It simply read:...

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Lake Atitlán

Lago de Atitlán is reputed to be the most beautiful lake in the world, and it’s tough to argue. A stunning backdrop of mountains and extinct...

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Cancuén

It must have been a horrific scene. 1,200 years ago, near the edge of the PasiĂłn River in modern-day Guatemala, more than 30 men, women, and...

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Todos Santos

Todos Santos

The Spanish conquest swept across two continents and countless islands, leaving death, destruction and disease in its wake. By the time it was over,...

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B'omb'il Pek and Jul Iq'

In the Maya world, caves are understood to be passageways between the world of the living and the underworld of the dead. Since ancient times...

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Proyecto EcolĂłgico Quetzal

There is always the possibility when doing a community stay that participants will see little more than the adverse effects of tourism on...

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El Mirador

Far below, the forest is unbroken in every direction. Ancient, ruined cities are silhouetted on the horizon. To the north lies the border with...

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Quetzaltenango

Rápido! Rápido! Vamonos!” the man shouts as he hauls a boy up onto the bus. A tiny, weathered woman in brilliantly woven garments squeezes...

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Posada de Santiago, Lake Atitlán

Posada de Santiago, Lake Atitlán

Just before dawn, dozens of angular wooden skiffs embark from the southwestern shoreline at the edge of a village called Santiago de Atitlán....

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