Tapir Travels #14: Back in School Again

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Spanish schools and internet cafes in Antigua and plans for the next part of the trip to the Ixil triangle.

Tapir Travels #15: The Ixil Highlands

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Talking abou the war with the locals and visiting the hidden city of Tikal.

Tapir Travels #13: Men of Corn

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After visiting Lake Atitlan, Mattias meets his friend from Sweden in Guatemala City.

Tapir Travels #12: The Tourist Trap

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After coming from El Salvador, Guatemala’s Antigua has a very different atmosphere.

Volcano Pacaya (2 of 2)

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Hiking a live volcano should be adventure enough,

Volcano Pacaya (1 of 2)

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Hiking a live volcano should be adventure enough,

Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

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The steamy hot jungles of the eastern Guatemala lowlands hide evidence of a vast Mayan civilization that prospered around 700 AD. Archaeologists exploring the region excavated forest-clad mounds that led to the discovery of a complex network of ancient cities. Topoxte, Yaxhá, Nakún, Uaxatún, El Mirador and many more – but the most spectacular of […]

Antigua: Home Sweet Home

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Semana Santa is one week when Antigua gets even mo

Jade at Antigua, Guatemala

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“Where in Central America is the best place to buy jade?” Try Guatemala, the home of Mayan jadeite. Last summer I stopped for a week in Antigua, the old colonial capital. It is located 45 kms west of Guatemala City, the modern capital. In Antigua, a thriving lapidary industry produces beautiful carvings and jewellery from […]

Tikal to Rio Dulce & on to Livingston

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The Hotel Backpackers is a great way to meet other