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Adventures in Guatemala

The colonial charm of Antigua is well-known to travelers, yet the true beauty of the country lies tucked away in the highlands. Mayan communities retain their traditions, languages, and culture, and the vivid panoply of colors and designs in their clothing will leave you in awe. Our documentaries, photos and travel tips are all you need to discover Guatemala by yourself.
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From Tikal to the Altiplano:
Ancient and Modern Mayan Cultures in Guatemala

Among all Central American countries, Guatemala has the richest ethnic diversity. Eighty percent of the population is indigenous. Most groups are descendants of the Mayans and have preserved their traditional clothing, folklore and language. Mayan archeological sites abound, some like Tikal are world famous, others are still hidden in dense jungles waiting for explorers to discover their secrets.

Tikal, the Ancient Mayan City of Guatemala


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Guatemala is a colorful country with friendly people, but the terrible civil war left its mark. Tourists might be unaware as they visit local markets, but somewhere deep inside people's hearts, the war remains.

 
 
The colonial charm of Antigua is well-known to travelers, yet the true beauty of the country lies tucked away in the highlands. Mayan communities retain their traditions, languages, and culture, and the vivid panoply of colors and designs in their clothing will leave you in awe.

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Special Places:
Among the special places I visited, I include here the following: Tikal, Todos Santos, Zunil, Solola, Nebaj, Chajul, Nahuala, Totonicapan, Lago de Atitlan, Momostenango, San Francisco El Alto, Chichicastenango, Antigua and Quetzaltenango. Guatemala City did not make the list!
La Ruta Maya
(Link to Website by Douglas Sandoval)

Indigenous Villages and other Places of Interest in Guatemala

Mayan Villages and their Festivals/Markets, Guatemala
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