Category Archives: Guatemala

Guatemalan Weavers at Lake Atitlan

As we made our way down to the dock, the Guatemalan weavers at Lake Atitlan aggressively sported their wares. They held out rugs and table cloths and wall-hangings, all With vibrant colors and made in traditional designs with wool, cotton, and silk yarn. In my imagination I placed them on every surface in my house, […]

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Beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala

For months I had eagerly anticipated my visit to beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. My discomfort in the proximity of active volcanoes intensified, however, as we drove past the tell-tale triangular shapes of volcanic mountains. At Lake Atitlan you can always identify south by the three volcanoes on that side of the lake. Approaching famous […]

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Archeology under Guatemala City

The amount of archeology under Guatemala City, left unexamined while cars drive above and at risk of destruction when developers begin to dig, staggered me. That said, compared to other grand archeological sites we had visited, at first glance Kaminaljuyu seemed underwhelming, to say the least. Located in the middle of Guatemala City, my first […]

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Market Day in a Guatemalan Village

Market Day in a Guatemalan village seems to be as much about social relations as it about commerce. Maybe that’s true of American mall culture, come to think of it. At any rate, the wares being sold in the Guatemalan villages interested me a great deal more. Many women wore the hand-woven traditional clothing unique […]

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Ancestral Holy Site of Quirigua

Zoomorph at Quirigua

The ambience of the ancestral holy site of Quirigua gave me an appreciation for why a group of people would want to designate it a holy place┬áboth today and anciently. Quirigua is truly a lovely site comprising well-groomed lawns and huge stately trees in and among enormous and elaborate stella. I’m centering the picture of […]

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Painted Cemeteries and Volcanoes

As we drove through the countryside to Guatemala City, we spotted the painted cemeteries and volcanoes that make Guatemala such a distinct country. The painted cemeteries had been built very near the villages, the above-ground sepulchers built to resemble brightly plastered little houses. I saw almost enough joy in those colors to make me start […]

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Rio Dulce River to the Caribbean Sea

We knew in advance that our motor boat route would propel us along the Rio Dulce River to the Caribbean Sea, but I didn’t realize until it was over what variety and history we would experience along the way. We began our journey at the point where the river flows out of Lake Izabal with […]

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Flying Along the Tikal Zip Line

Flying along the Tikal zip line may not have been the smartest thing to do, but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything! I came off the walking tour of Tikal half exhausted and a little dehydrated, but when offered the chance to ride the zipline through the tops of the jungle, I had to […]

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Mayan Tikal Carries Grandeur

Whether for ancient or modern visitors, Mayan Tikal carries grandeur. Our visit was a day I’ll remember always. Part of it was the sunshine and clear air. Partly it was expansive vistas where huge monuments peeped through the jungle canopy. But a large part of it was also the continual awareness that real people made […]

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Thatch-roofed Long Boats

We boarded the thatch-roofed long boats at Yaxchilan, Mexico, and traveled back up the Usumacinta River, which marks the border with Mexico. On this return trip we landed on the opposite shore, entering Guatemala at a village called Bethel, where we cleared customs. And so, our archeological tour of Mesoamerica continued. The road trip from […]

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