life through the lens
Travelling west of San Ignacio in Belize, I came to one of my favourite destinations, Guatemala, in August 2001.
The Quetzal is a bird found in Guatemala
Flores is an island in Lake Peten Itza, connected to the town of Santa Elena by a causeway
Lake Peten Itza as seen from Flores
The Mayan ruins at Tikal. This is Temple I, from the 8th century
View of the jungle from Temple IV at Tikal
I was told that this is a 'pocitas' - is there an English name for it? Tikal
Climbing El Mundo Perdido, originally built around 700BC, Tikal
More info on Tikal here
The jungle reaches the top of El Mundo Perdido, Tikal
The view from from El Mundo Perdido, Tikal
The town of Rio Dulce at the eastern tip of Lake Izabal - the building at the end of the jetty is a cheap hotel
Fishing on the Dulce river - boat from Rio Dulce to Livingston
Boat down the Rio Dulce to Livingston
The 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
Garifuna band in Livingston
The giant 8th century Mayan stelae at Quirigua
Mayan leader depicted on a sandstone Mayan stela, Quirigua
Upriver of the main Semuc Champey falls
The National Palace in Guatemala City
Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral
The market building in Huehuetenango
Huehuetenango's market spills out on to the streets nearby
Greetings from the fruit sellers, Huehuetenango
Parque Centroamerica in Quetzaltenango
Mayan women buy, sell and trade at the market in Almolonga, near Quetzaltenango
The crowds disperse once trade is over, Almolonga market
Fuentes Georginas spa - thermal waters near Quetzaltenango
The quiet streets of Chichicastenango, a day before market day
The shrine of Pascual Abaj, Chichicastenango.
Chichicastenango's market will soon be overflowing with wares..
Market day arrives in Chichicastenango
Selling flowers on the steps of Santo Tomas church, Chichicastenango
Local girl with her brother, Chichicastenango
Beautiful cloth at Chichicastenango market
Family making a living in Chichicastenango
And I thought a backpack was heavy - Chichicastenango
The bright colours of Guatemala - Chichicastenango
The stunning Lake Atitlan, with San Pedro volcano rising above
Indian Nose mountain as seen from San Pedro village, Lake Atitlan
Climbing Indian Nose mountain with Vanessa, Annika and Verena (plus a dog) - Lake Atitlan
View of San Pedro village from the top of Indian Nose mountain - Lake Atitlan
The paths of San Marcos, a very laidback village on Lake Atitlan
Atitlan and Toliman volcanoes, from the lakeshore at San Marcos - Lake Atitlan
The beautiful landscape surrounding Lake Atitlan, from San Marcos
Hanging around for a boat with Vanessa, Annika and Verena - San Marcos, Lake Atitlan
There's great walks around Lake Atitlan - this is on the way back to San Marcos from Santa Cruz
Antigua is a colonial city and the former capital
The ruins of La Recoleccion church, destroyed by an earthquake in 1773, Antigua
Souvenir stalls in Antigua
At 3766 metres, Agua volcano towers over Antigua
The cobbled streets of Antigua, only 45kms from Guatemala City
Facing Agua volcano from the roof of the 16th century La Merced church, Antigua
Agua volcano pokes through the clouds during the drive to Pacaya volcano
It's an easy 45 minute/1 hour walk to this point.
About 50 tourists and a security guard climbed Pacaya volcano - safety in numbers due to armed robberies in the area
Steam escapes from the lava slopes of Pacaya volcano, an incredible sight. Agua volcano looms in the background
Taking a rest before the final push to the crater rim.
Pacaya volcano. It's an amazing feeling to be looking into the crater of an active volcano - and very smelly aswell!
The smoke billows from Pacaya as Agua volcano looks on behind
One 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
The sun sets behind Pacaya volcano, with the other 3 still visible.
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