Articles by our Guatemala travel advisors

Volunteerism Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, August 24, 2020

Participating in a volunteer program can be as diverse as Guatemala itself. Volunteering opportunities exist for healthcare projects, housing and construction programs, community in development, and at local school or at an orphanage – it all depends on your preferences.

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Music in Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Jul 28, 2020

Guatemalan music is not very well known in the world, but it is an important part of Guatemala and its history. The music culture in Guatemala is very broad and these few lines do not cover everything. I hope to intrigue the reader enough to learn more about Guatemalan Culture in general.

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Betterment, beautification, security in Z. 1

by Ana Cetina, June 4, 2020

One of the most interesting parts in Guatemala City is zone 1, called Historic Center. It was the original settlement of the city, in 1975. If you have read about Guatemala City you are probably thinking that it is dangerous, and you should avoid it. But if I am been honest, I love it, it is not as dangerous as many travel guides say. If you wanted to come 20 years ago, I would’ve said no, avoid this zone. But now it is a beautiful zone. You can take a private transportation, a taxi or uber and visit the Central Plaza, the National Palace and the walking street 6th avenue and then take the transportation back to your hotel or house.

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A Multicultural Country in Central America

by Veronica Reyes, Apr 28, 2020

When we think about the multi-culti countries of the world, Guatemala probably won’t ever ring a bell. Would you believe me if I tell you that Guatemala is the home of four different type of cultures? Kind of hard to believe!

Besides its natural treasures and its captivating pre-Hispanic history, Guatemala hosts four different ethnical groups that represent the country’s cultural identity. The Maya (of course), the Garifuna (descendants from Africa), the Xinca (indigenous group different than the Maya) and the Mestizo (the mix of Maya with, mostly, European people).

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Self-driving in Guatemala With a Rental Car

by Ana Cetina, Apr 1, 2020

Thinking about driving on your own through Guatemala? To drive in Guatemala, you just need a valid driver’s license. We recommend to also carrying your passport with you just in case you come across a police checkpoint.

Like in any other country self-driving with a rental car has its advantages. Though keep in mind that driving in Guatemala is not as easy as driving in other countries. Road signs are not always present, some roads are dangerous or do not appear in the navigation apps. Be sure you do not mind driving long distance from destination to destination, sometimes heavy traffic, epic traffic jams, curvy roads or dealing with crazy drivers.

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The Largest City In Central America

by Veronica Reyes, Jan 30, 2019

Guatemala City

Overview

Central America is the ‘slim’ portion of land that connects the North with the South of the American continent. It can be seen as a cultural bridge of big importance for humanity and also for the fauna that for centuries have been migrating from one region to another. In Central America you can find seven different countries which are, somehow connected with traditions and ways of living. Nicaragua is the biggest country, though Guatemala hosts the largest city in Central America with 3 million inhabitants.

Though this was not always the case… Here is a quick summary of how the Capital of Guatemala (also referred to as Guate by locals) was formed to what it is nowadays.

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Traveling in Guatemala / Security

by Ana Cetina, Oct 10, 2018

Guatemala is a diverse country and visitors will find a little bit of everything and everything is beautiful. If you are traveling to Guatemala you need to know some facts. First of all, is not as dangerous as you hear in the news. News is made to talk about bad things happening and omit the good and positive. Like the proverb says: no news is good news.  Obviously you have to take precautions when traveling in Guatemala and to any country you are not familiar with. Daily live is different especially in large cities and there are things you should avoid in order to not have problems or being the victim of a crime.

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All Saints’ Day

by Ana Cetina, Sep 18, 2018

Celebration of All Saints’ Day, elaboration of giant kites and other traditions in Guatemala

On November 1 Guatemala celebrates the day of all the Saints. On this day several specialty dishes and sweets are made, among other “Fiambre”. It contains several types of vegetables, meats, sausages, chicken, cheeses and spices. The All Saints’ tradition is rooted in Guatemalan for a long time.

People also visit the graves of their loved ones. Some of them start prepping the tombs days before the All Saints’ Day to make sure they look pretty. On November 1st they gather at the cemeteries to bring flowers and offerings to their deceased relatives. This is the way they pay tribute to people who are no longer with them. Most people also take food to eat at the cemetery with their loved ones. Read more…

Climate in Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Aug 24, 2018

Due to the geographical position of Guatemala, the climate does not change much during the year and the seasons are not like in most other countries. Guatemala is known as the country of the eternal spring. The country is always green and lush.

There are only two seasons in Guatemala, the dry and the rainy season. The dry season is the best time to visit and it lasts from November to May. The rainy season is between June and October with more rain falling in September and October. During the rainy season there are days without rain but sometimes it can rain two or three days in a row. Read more…

Mayan Cities in Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Oct 25, 2017

Guatemala, Cradle of Maya Civilization, has an archeological wealth with monumental sites all over the country, which date back more than 3,500 years.

Let’s start with the periods of the Mayan Civilization. The experts in Archeology have learned that the Mayan Civilization is divided for its study in general chronological periods that vary according to the site:

Early Preclassic, Middle Preclassic, Late Preclasic, Protoclassic, Early Classic, Late Classic, Epiclassic or Terminal Preclássic (not all the experts agree on the name), Early Postclassic and Late Postclassic.

In Guatemala, the Mayans built one of the most refined civilizations of the world and history. Between the most important Mayan cities we can find The National Park El Mirador – Rio Azul (Blue River) and Tikal National Park, this last one was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in in 1979. Read more…