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"The spaniards have shown not the slightest consideration for these people, treating them (and i speak from first-hand experience, having been there from the outset) not as brute animals - indeed, i would to god they had done and shown them the consideration they afford their animals - so much as piles of dung in the middle of the road." by bartolome de las casas - spanish missionary and historian
 

highlights
Colonial architecture in Antigua Guatemala, Views of Lake Atitlan from Panajachel, Amazing tapado stew in Livingstone, Tikal

lows
Tourist frenzy at Chichicastenango Sunday market

head scratchers
Colorful balaclava masks on sale at shops in Panajachel (an even bigger head scratcher: why did we buy one?!)

 

 

population (mn)

13.3 million
capital Guatemala City
languages Spanish, Amerindian
religion Catholic
currency Quetzal
US$1 = 7.6 Quetzals

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ratings (1-5) 5 = best
Friendliness: 3
culture: 4
fun: 3
transport: 5
nature: 4
food: 4

 

 
total score: 23/30

 

average cost per day
US $60 per day (for two) - The cheapest country for tourists in Central America. Accommodation, food and transport were inexpensive.

 

 

 

 
  August 5 ->   mayan heartland  
  August 1 ->   the lake and the market  
  July 28 ->   temples and tapados of guatemala  
        MORE
   
guatemala tourism board
antigua travel info
Lake Atitlan
Rio Dulce