A Volcano Snob on Guatemala’s Pacaya

Living in the tropics can make you a little less relatable, especially when most of your family and friends are in the United States. When I was in New York, I could complain about rush hour traffic on the Saw Mill Parkway (a pretty but somewhat overcrowded route that winds through Westchester County) and get […]

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The Long Views & Maya Altars of San Jorge La Laguna

Burrowed in the mountains above Lake Atitlán and just a 10-minute bus ride from Panajachel, San Jorge La Laguna is a tiny, compact community where locals speak Kachiquel (a Mayan dialect), wear colorful traditional dress, and practice centuries-old Maya customs. Most travelers breeze by San Jorge en route to Panajachel, but there are two great […]

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Escape from Pana! (or The DIY Corn Maze)

If there’s ever a good month to get lost in a corn field, it’s surely October. These 31 days are practically dedicated to corn mazes, scarecrows, and pumpkin patches–except, that is, in Guatemala.

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Belize’s Cayo District: Iguanas and Spiders and Owls, Oh My!

It’s no larger than Massachusetts and home to only about 330,000 people, but Belize is a geographic and cultural melting pot. This we noted as soon as we crossed the border from northern Guatemala’s Tikal and Flores area into Belize’s Cayo District, where we spent four days of our recent trip.

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Quetzaltenango (Xela): My Favorite Guatemalan City

My favorite city in Guatemala has many merits, not least of which is that it makes me want to stand in the middle of an empty field and belt out its name. On paper it’s called Quetzaltenango, but most people simply refer to it as Xela, an abbreviated version of its original K’iche’ Maya name, […]

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