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GUATEMALA


Location - Central America; Capital - Guatemala City; Population - 14 million; Currency - Quetzal

Travelling west of San Ignacio in Belize, I came to one of my favourite destinations, Guatemala, in August 2001.

 

guatnoteThe Quetzal is a bird found in Guatemala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat1Flores is an island in Lake Peten Itza, connected to the town of Santa Elena by a causeway

 

 

guat1aLake Peten Itza as seen from Flores

 

 

guat3The Mayan ruins at Tikal. This is Temple I, from the 8th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat4View of the jungle from Temple IV at Tikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat5I was told that this is a 'pocitas' - is there an English name for it? Tikal

 

 

guat6Climbing El Mundo Perdido, originally built around 700BC, Tikal

More info on Tikal here

 

 

guat6aThe jungle reaches the top of El Mundo Perdido, Tikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat7The view from from El Mundo Perdido, Tikal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat9The town of Rio Dulce at the eastern tip of Lake Izabal - the building at the end of the jetty is a cheap hotel

 

 

guat9aFishing on the Dulce river - boat from Rio Dulce to Livingston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat10Boat down the Rio Dulce to Livingston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat12The Garifuna town of Livingston, on the Caribbean coast. The Garifuna are descended from Amerindians and Africans, living along much of the Caribbean coast of Central America

 

 

guat14Garifuna band in Livingston

 

 

guat15The giant 8th century Mayan stelae at Quirigua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat17Mayan leader depicted on a sandstone Mayan stela, Quirigua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat22Upriver of the main Semuc Champey falls

 

 

guat23The National Palace in Guatemala City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat24 Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat26The market building in Huehuetenango

 

 

guat27Huehuetenango's market spills out on to the streets nearby

 

 

guat28Greetings from the fruit sellers, Huehuetenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat29Parque Centroamerica in Quetzaltenango

 

 

guat30Mayan women buy, sell and trade at the market in Almolonga, near Quetzaltenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat32The crowds disperse once trade is over, Almolonga market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat33aFuentes Georginas spa - thermal waters near Quetzaltenango

 

 

guat34The quiet streets of Chichicastenango, a day before market day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat37The shrine of Pascual Abaj, Chichicastenango.
Amongst others, a chicken was sacrificed for a good harvest, and a father spat alcohol at his daughter as part of fertility ritual
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Fascinating stuff..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat38Chichicastenango's market will soon be overflowing with wares..

 

 

guat39Market day arrives in Chichicastenango

 

 

guat41Selling flowers on the steps of Santo Tomas church, Chichicastenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat43Local girl with her brother, Chichicastenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat45Beautiful cloth at Chichicastenango market

 

 

guat46Family making a living in Chichicastenango

 

 

guat47And I thought a backpack was heavy - Chichicastenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat48The bright colours of Guatemala - Chichicastenango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat51The stunning Lake Atitlan, with San Pedro volcano rising above

 

 

guat53Indian Nose mountain as seen from San Pedro village, Lake Atitlan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat57 Climbing Indian Nose mountain with Vanessa, Annika and Verena (plus a dog) - Lake Atitlan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat56View of San Pedro village from the top of Indian Nose mountain - Lake Atitlan

 

 

guat58The paths of San Marcos, a very laidback village on Lake Atitlan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat60Atitlan and Toliman volcanoes, from the lakeshore at San Marcos - Lake Atitlan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat61The beautiful landscape surrounding Lake Atitlan, from San Marcos

 

 

guat62Hanging around for a boat with Vanessa, Annika and Verena - San Marcos, Lake Atitlan

 

 

guat63There's great walks around Lake Atitlan - this is on the way back to San Marcos from Santa Cruz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat71Antigua is a colonial city and the former capital

 

 

guat67The ruins of La Recoleccion church, destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, Antigua

 

 

guat69Souvenir stalls in Antigua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat66At 3766 metres, Agua volcano towers over Antigua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat70The cobbled streets of Antigua, only 45kms from Guatemala City

 

 

guat72Facing Agua volcano from the roof of the 16th century La Merced church, Antigua

 

 

guat75Agua volcano pokes through the clouds during the drive to Pacaya volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat75aIt's an easy 45 minute/1 hour walk to this point.
Seeing an active volcano close up is fantastic - Pacaya volcano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat76About 50 tourists and a security guard climbed Pacaya volcano - safety in numbers due to armed robberies in the area

 

 

guat77Steam escapes from the lava slopes of Pacaya volcano, an incredible sight. Agua volcano looms in the background

 

 

guat78Taking a rest before the final push to the crater rim.
It's windy and cool near the top, with a sulphurous smell to boot, but the heat escaping from Pacaya volcano warmed me up (it warmed my bum at least)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat79 Pacaya volcano. It's an amazing feeling to be looking into the crater of an active volcano - and very smelly aswell!
If the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it's not possible to get this close

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat81The smoke billows from Pacaya as Agua volcano looks on behind

 

 

guat83One of my favourite photos - the crater and smoke of Pacaya (2552 metres), with volcanoes Agua (3766 metres), Acatenango (3976 metres) and Fuego (3763 metres) towering above the clouds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

guat84The sun sets behind Pacaya volcano, with the other 3 still visible.
I'd highly recommend the trek - the views are absolutely stunning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitguatemala.com - Guatemala tourist board

www.atitlan.net - info on Lake Atitlan and surrounds

 

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