Guatemala Favorites

  • Street scene in Antigua
    Street scene in Antigua
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  • Counting money after a sale
    Counting money after a sale
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  • In San Antonio Popola
    In San Antonio Popola
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Guatemala Favorites

  • Cathedrals & Cloisters

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    The cathedral located at the east side of the Parque central dates from 1680 after the first one was demolished a few years before. It's certainly not the most beautifull church in town, but it's worth to take a look inside.

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  • Colonial Architecture

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    For a nice walk and look at buildings, wander round the streets behind the cathdral on the main square. This is where the nobility had their houses and although you can't go in many of them (some are shops which you can) you can still see the doorways and decorative details. Really lovely buildings!!

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  • Santiago de Los Caballeros

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    Antigua at its height was a very powerful and important city. Spain divided its conquests in the New World into three sections, and the part we now call Central America was all governed from the Guatemalan capital, that is Antigua. Antigua, or Antigua Guatemala to give it its full name, was in fact the country’s third capital. It was founded in...

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  • Shopping

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    If you go to Antigua, Guatemala, do not hesitate in buying some indian handcrafts. It is amazing how racist mexican population is. Despite our indian roots, we are taught since we are children, to neglect the indian influence in our culture, and mainly to deny the existence of indian blood in our families... When I visited Guatemala, I found lots...

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  • Ruins

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    There's many ruins to look at in Antigua Guatemala, it's absolutely fantastic to see the contrast of colors and the rustic of 'em next to newly sprout bouganvilia flowers.... very common in Guatemala! I just loooooove taking pictures in Guatemala, especially Antigua!! Some of the ruins you can visit include Santa Clara, Capuchinas, La Merced,...

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  • El Parque

    Antigua Guatemala Favorites

    Hang out in the central park and just watch the people. The park is full of vendors, locals, daytrippers from Guatamala city and foreigners on weekends. Fooling around with the vendors. Bargaining is expected, so have fun with it. I would get the price down low and then pay a little extra to take some pictures, or if they wouldn't come down enough,...

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  • Booking for Tours on-line for Guatemala...

    I called travel agencies I saw on-line and decided that the one who responded quickest whenever I had a question would be the one I would choose. After I emailed, I got a quick response from Alejandro Tez of Turansa Tours. His email was clear and I asked questions and he answered within 24 hours. My next test was to see if they answered their phone...

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  • EXPLORING and GETTING LOST

    Exploring rural dirt roads (wait for a pickup) that branch off from the highways and seeing where they go. Guatemala has a lot of newly settled territory where government services, schools, clinics and administrators barely keep up with the many small settlements, farms and ranches. Small gifts are helpful.

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  • CIA World Fact Book- Guatemala

    Business travellers, policy wonks, and the more than merely curious will find the CIA Guatemala page succinct and informative. COPY and PASTE THIS ADDRESS INTO YOUR BROWSER FOR THE CIA PAGE FOR GUATEMALAhttps://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gt.htmlCATEGORIES:Maps and...

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  • IODINE AND RETARDATION

    There's nowhere to file this fact so here it is:The relationship between mental retardation and iodine has been known for decades. Nearly all countries legislate that salt be iodized. GUATEMALA is one country that DOES NOT IODIZE SALT. Nor does Guatemala import iodized salt.Salt made from seawater is the only source of this important element...

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  • DON'T FALL OFF!

    Before you clamber up a pyramid- Before you get too far up- Take a good look down and soberly consider your ability to get back down.You can see here that the width of the step is maybe 10 cm (about 4 inches)Your view looking up from the bottom is deceiving and you'll discover the view is dizz-ing-ly different when looking down from the top.The...

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  • Beers

    We quickly developed a taste for the local beers. One, Gallo, is a light easy-drinking lager that went down very well with spicy food and in the hotter weather. But we liked Moza, made by the same brewery, even more – a dark beer (“cerveza oscura”) with bags of flavour but not too intense for lunch-time drinking. It gets rave reviews on some...

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  • Taking photos of the locals

    The colourful costumes and lively street scenes are not only a source of fascination but will also inspire you to want to take innumerable photos – or at least they did me. Bear in mind though that not everyone wants to be photographed just because of their interesting outfit – after all what fascinates us is just normal to them. Your options...

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  • STP (tour agency)

    As we only had two weeks available in which to see something of both Guatemala and Belize we decided to pre-book accommodation and transfers rather than spend valuable holiday time making arrangements on the ground. OK it can cost more that way, but at least we would know for sure what our costs were going to be (apart from the inevitable...

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  • Volcanoes

    Guatemala is a land of volcanoes, at least in the south, where the Guatemalan Highlands form part of the Ring of Fire along the Pacific Rim. Some are extinct, some dormant but some very definitely active. In May of this year Pacaya erupted, killing at least two people, injuring more than 50, and covering parts of Guatemala City in ash up to 7cm...

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  • Currency

    The unit of currency is the Quetzal, plural Quetzales. When we were there (November 2010) the exchange rate was roughly 10 Quetzales to £1, making quick calculations about costs very easy for us. However taking sterling isn’t a good idea as few places will change it. Indeed, one of our local guides asked if we would do him the favour of changing...

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  • Spanish study in Guatemala

    My recommendation would be that you study Spanish in the city of Quetzaltenango rather than Antigua. Quetzaltenango or Xela (as it is known locally) is a great place to study, a lot less touristy than Antigua, and much more 'real Guatemala'. It's much cheaper to study in Xela and they say that Guatemala in general is one of the cheapest places to...

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  • Special Entrance fees to sites and...

    Fellow Travelers,There is no doubt that Guatemala is a very rich country in history, traditions and arts. In October 2009 I traveled to Antigua, Tikal, Chichicastenango and other places. In all you can find all sorts of insteresting things to enjoy.Something you may not like however, is the very "inflated" fees the visitor has to pay to visit some...

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  • On Line Videos of Guatemala

    Take a peek at www.youtube.com and enter a search for Guatemala. There are enough homemade videos to give you a hint of what you will see and hear. Why stop with Guatemala? I wonder what India would show. All things considered, why leave home at all. ;) YouTube puts the whole world on your screen.

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  • Flores, Santa Elena and Lago Peten Itza

    Flores is built on an island in the Lago Peten Itza. The first time I visited Tikal I came by plane from Guatemala City to Flores. From the air I had a nice view at Flores air and the 500m long causeway which connects Flores with its sistertown Santa Elena at the lake shore (pictiures 1 and 2).I didn't visit Flores, though it must be a nice and...

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  • Guatemala Tourist Agency INGUAT

    INGUAT's colorful, greatly improved and well designed tourist page is worth a click when planning your trip.INGUATBesides a number of links to activities and events you will find that ASISTUR provides useful travel assistance ranging from emergency phones, foreign embassies, current flight schedules at Aurora airfield, museums, maps, group...

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  • Historical issues and list of resources

    Understandind Guatemala and it's violent history For those who wish to understand this history and the issues surrounding it - I have providing a partial listing of articles that are available on-line to the general public. The following articles should provide you with a basis of knowledge on Guatemala's past and current issues. A note of warning...

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  • Information on Guatemala from the World...

    It has been ten years since the Peace Accords that ended a debilitating 36-year civil war were signed. The World Bank (to my surpise) defines Guatemala as a middle income country. In 2000 - - 56% of all Guatemalans (and 76 percent of indigenous groups) lived in poverty- 16% of Guatemalans lived in extreme poverty (defined as poverty that kills - at...

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  • The Life

    I truly love the people, and the environment. I was lucky to live here 4 years when I was younger and have traveled here numerous times. I always enjoy my trips to Tikal so if you have the chance to go I highly recommend it. The same goes with the beaches like the Puerto San Jose. Antigua is a must go with colonial style culture and delicious food....

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  • Antigua

    I like this city, but I think, that there are so many informations and pictures here about Antigua here, that mine are not really important..I just like the city and feel good there-:)

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  • The western...

    The western highlands...including Solola, Quetzaltenango, Chichicastenago or some other small towns around lake Atitlan...The mayan ruins in Peten...Antigua...Quirigua and the Rio Dulce area...

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  • Embassies in Guatemala

    Argentina:5ta. Avenida 5-55 Edificio "EUROPLAZA", Nivel 17, Oficina 1703, zona 14 Ap. postal 120 - F Tel: +502 2385-3786/87/88/89/90 Fax: +502 385-3790 E-Mail: eguat@mrecic.gov.ar, embajadadeargentina@hotmail.com Web: http://www.embajadadeargentina.com/ USA:Avenida Reforma 7-01, Zona 10 Tel: + 502 331 1541/55 Fax: + 502 334 8477 Web:...

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  • Con dinero y sin dinero ...

    Guatemala's national money is the Quetzal. Later on I am going to explain you about treating money stuff here and whatever seems to be interesting for you.

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  • Languages - Getting along with English...

    Although English is said to be THE universal language itself, it is highly recommendable to know some basic words and phrases by entering Guatemala, as, besides tourist resorts, it is fairly difficult to find English-speaking people. No need to speak Spanish fluently, though. Also should be mentioned that even little knowledge of the local language...

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  • Important Addresses

    - Dirección General de Migración4 Calle 4-37, Zona 9- Control Migratorio 4 Calle 4-55, Zona 9 (next to Parque Industria)- Policia 11 Av. y 4 Calle, Zone 120 Calle, Zone 10- Ministerio Público 7 Av. 11-20, Zona 1Tel.: 2232 4651/8- Ministerio de Gobernación 6 Av. 4-64, Zona 4Tel.: 2362 00 20- Ministerio de RR.EE. 2 Av. 4-17, Zona 10Tel.: 2348 00 00-...

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  • Business Hours

    In general shops in Guatemala are open from 8am to noon and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, but there are many variations. The little tiendas in my street for example are open until 8 or 9 pm, so is the Supertienda Paiz, as well on Sundays.Many banks are also open like 10am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday.Official business with government offices is...

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  • Customs in Guatemala

    Crossing the border from Mexico to Guatemala by bus you (usually!!!) don’t get controlled by officials. They won´t look seriously in your luggage if so at all. Prepare, though, that at some border points officers want to get tipped: big tip – no search, little tip – big search. The big your anger about mordida may be getting into Guatemala: do...

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  • Guatemalan Drink

    Gallo beer seems to have a near monopoly in Guatemala. Although there are others Gallo is smooth and no to bitter. Guaro! Guaro! Guaro!

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  • Guatemala Money!

    The official money in Guatemala is the Quetzal. Plural is Quetzales. I did find it beneficial to change a few dollars in to quetzales, but you could probably use US dollars in most tourist areas. Everything seemed very inexpensive compared to US dollars and I bought a few souvenirs for good prices. As of today, the currency exchange is $1 = 7.89...

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  • walk the la reforma boulevard

    you must walk the boulevar la reforma, it is safe and quite, best part of the city! the cheap price of the busesbeautiful zona viva, zone 10

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  • READ MIGUEL ASTURIAS BEFORE YOU GO!

    Miguel Asturias won the Nobel Laureate in 1967. His novels, such as El Presidente, will prepare your imagination for Guatemala.See what I mean in the brief excerpt below: "The imagination reels. There are reliefs, pyramids, temples in the extinguished city. The damp murmur of the arroyos, voices, crepitations of the intertangling vines, the sound...

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  • Spanish Language School

    Academia De Espanol Guatemala - I went to this school.. the teachers are EXCELLENT! the staff is incredibly professional. the prices are great. And if you do a homestay, ask for your own room and you will be taken very well care of. BUT if you are a blonde Female, beware of the principal. HE LOVES BLONDES. ALL OF THEM!!!!! if you want more details...

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  • A MACHO WORLD

    UNLESS PROHIBITED, as it is here, Guatemala's male citizens may use almost any available wall for relief ***. THE BILLBOARD above for Belmont cigarettes is typical of the advertising campaigns that blanket the roads nation-wide with light skinned and scantily clad women with marketing messages aimed at Westernized Ladino men. THE UPPER of the two...

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  • Peace and quite

    Without a doubt my favorite thing about Guatemala is Panajachel (or rather, San Marcos....see below). It is really like another world when you arrive. The city itself is a fairly busy city with people always moving around, buses roaring past and Mayan women following you trying to sell something. However, even though so much (all) is guatemalan in...

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  • Antigua Guatemala

    Antigua guatemala is a wonderfull colonial city, now cultural heritage of the Unesco, and the former capital of the country. Buildings are restored by lightspeed. While the tourists colonialize the historical city, the real Guatemaltecos have to move to the favelas around the city. The real Guatemalean athmosphere unfortunately disapeared more than...

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  • Guatemala

    The cultural beauty of the old mayans wich is being reflected on the life of the 'new' mayans, the natural beauty of the Guatemalean highlands, ... together with many other things made me travel to this country. The diversity of the country is big. As well cultural as natural. In the north you find jungle, jungle and jungle while getting to the...

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  • The chickenbusses

    The chickenbusses didn't stole their name! The old American schoolbusses now serve as local busses in big parts of Latin America. Just like in many other Latino countries busses are so full that you'll feel yourself like a chicken! People bring there chicken or goats 'on board', mothers give their children the brest and when there's not enough...

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  • Coins

    I think it is also exiting as you travel to a country where you have never been, to discover the different coins. Some countries have very beautiful coins, like the ones they have in Guatemala.There are 5 different coins : from 1 Quetzal to 5 centavo.All these coins have a different decoration which says something about the country.Coins from right...

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  • See old Antigua

    Antigua is apparently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old buildings are, I suppose, one of the reasons why.

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  • General Information

    Guatemala is slightly smaller than the US state of Tennessee. The 2002 population estimate is 13.3 million people. The indigeous population is 43% of the total.The Flag contains the coat of arms with a green and red quetzal bird and a scroll. That bird is a national symbol and can be more easily found in the Petén region to the north.

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