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GUATEMALA HOLIDAYS   >   CENTRAL AMERICA 


Guatemala is a country in Central America, in the south of the continent of North America, bordering both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Departments in Guatemala : Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Chiquimula, El Progreso, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Peten, Quetzaltenango, Quiche, Retalhuleu, Sacatepequez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Solola, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan and Zacapa.


Capital City of Guatemala: Guatemala City


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Hotels in Guatemala

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 
Hostelbookers.com is one of the worlds largest online booking services for hostels. All hostels you see here are offering realtime prices and availability.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

Kuoni   -   Equador and Galapagos  -  Cruise
A cruise holiday allows you to visit a whole host of different places without the hassle of having to pack and unpack your suitcases each time. A popular choice among Kuoni travellers is to extend their holiday in the region they are visiting. Unwind on a tropical beach stay or explore a lively city for a great start or end to your journey.

 G Adventures

   -   Create your perfect trip to Guatemala
Flight, Hotel and Car.

Thomas Cook



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  De Pe a Pa Tours   -  Tours,  Hotels, Transportation, Spanish Courses
Destinations : Tikal, Antigua, Atitlan, Chichi, Copán, Volcanoes, Monterrico
  Rods and Reels Sport fishing   -   Guatemala fishing vacations / Sportfishing Adventures
Sportfish, Sailfish, Marlin, Flyfishing

Travel Guides Guatemala / Related books

Amazon.com - Travel Guides Guatemala 

The Rough Guide to Guatemala - ISBN 1848360177 The Rough Guide to Guatemala
Iain Stewart
The Rough Guide to Guatemala is the essential companion to this astonishing country with detailed coverage of all the main attractions – from the volcanoes and crater lakes to the culturally-rich capital of Guatemala City. The full-colour introduction highlights the spectacular natural beauty of the beaches and wild -life reserves with stunning photography and the essential list of 'what not to miss'. There are informative accounts of all the Mayan ruins, with detailed historical backgrounds, and how to get the most from each sight, as well as thorough explorations of those hidden gems, including the breathtaking Lake Atilán region and the jungle of Verapaz. You'll find new colour sections about Indigenous Costumes and Mayan Architecture, dozens of easy-to-use maps, as well as countless accommodation and restaurant reviews and tips to find the best fiestas and highland markets. The guide has all the practical information you need to get there, travel around with ease and ensure you don't miss the unmissable. Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Guatemala.
Paperback: 464 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (2 Mar 2009); ISBN-10: 1848360177; ISBN-13: 978-1848360174.

Guatemala (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Lucas Vidgen 
The world's best-selling guide to Guatemala. New colour highlights section; traveller, author and staff recommendations for the best things to do in Guatemala. Increased focus on green travel, including the country's responsible tour operators, green hotels and organic restaurants.
Paperback: 360 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th edition edition (22 Oct 2010); ISBN-10: 1741791499; ISBN-13: 978-1741791495.

Transport / How do I travel to Guatemala

The country is bordered by Mexico to the north, Belize to the northeast, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast.

  Guatemala Airport   -   La Aurora Airport [ GUA - Guatemala Aeropuerto la Aurora ]
  Flores Airport

  

   -   Flights to Guatemala
Book cheap flights to Guatemala at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets Guatemala / Bargain Flights
Flight tickets Guatemala, price comparison possible.


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  Guatemala   -   official site for tourism in Guatemala
Recognized by the Guatemala's Tourist Comission. Everything you need to discover this wonderful country, as well as all the services available for tourists, entering by Topics of Interest, Regions or by a specific Search of a destination. You may also order a CD-ROM with detailed information about Guatemala. 

  Guatemala City   -   Capital City of Guatemala

  Alta Verapaz   -   north central part of Guatemala
The capital and chief city of the department is Cobán [ founded by Dominican friars in 1543 ]. During the the 19th century Alta Verapaz developed itself as an important coffee producing region.
Municipalities : Chahal, Chisec, Cobán, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Lanquín, Panzós, San Cristóbal Verapaz, San Juan Chamelco, San Pedro Carchá, Santa Cruz Verapaz, Santa María Cahabón, Senahú, Tactic, Tamahú and Tucurú
  Baja Verapaz
Municipalities : Cubulco, Granados, Purulhá, Rabinal, Salamá [ Capital City ], San Jerónimo, San Miguel Chicaj and Santa Cruz El Chol
  Chimaltenango
Chimaltenango is also home to the Maya civilization ruins of Iximché and Mixco Viejo.
Municipalities : Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Comalapa, El Tejar, Parramos, Patzicía, Patzún, Pochuta, San Andrés Itzapa, San José Poaquil, San Martín Jilotepeque, Santa Apolonia, Santa Cruz Balanyá, Tecpán Guatemala, Yepocapa and Zaragoza 
  Chiquimula
Municipalities : Camotán, Chiquimula, Concepción Las Minas, Esquipulas, Ipala, Jocotán, Olopa, Quezaltepeque, San Jacinto, San José La Arada and San Juan Ermita
  El Progreso
Municipalities : El Jícaro, Guastatoya [ Capital City ], Morazán, San Agustín Acasaguastlán, San Antonio La Paz, San Cristóbal Acasaguastlán, Sanarate and Sansare
  Escuintla
  Guatemala
  Huehuetenango
  Izabal
  Jalapa
  Jutiapa
  Petén   -   northernmost department of Guatemala, as well as the largest in size
Dolores, Flores, La Libertad, Melchor de Mencos, Poptún, San Andrés, San Benito, San Francisco, San José,
San Luis, Santa Ana and Sayaxché
  Quetzaltenango
  Quiche
  Retalhuleu
  Sacatepequez
  San Marcos
  Santa Rosa
  Solola
  Suchitepequez
  Totonicapan
  Zacapa

  Antigua
  Chichicastenango
  Coban   -   see Muncipalidad de Cobán, Alta Verapaz
  Copan
  Flores   -   Capital City Petén
In Pre-Columbian times, Flores was the Maya city of Tayasal. The old part of the city is located on an island on Lake Peten Itza, connected to the mainland by a short causeway.  It was here on the island of Flores on the shore of Lake Petén Itzá that the last independent state of the Maya civilization held out against the onslaught of the Spanish conquerors.
  Lake Atitlan   -   Lago Atitlan
  Lake Peten   -   Lago Peten
  Rio Dulce
  Tikal

  Ecomaya.com
  Maya Spirit
  Mayaparadise
  Mayaruins.com
  News from Guatemala   -   Prensa Libre 
  News   -   La Hora 

Cuisine  -   Guatemala Cooking recipes

  Cuisine of Guatemala
The cuisine of Guatemala reflects the multicultural nature of Guatemala, in that it involves food that differs in taste depending on the region.

  Guatemala Recipes

History of Guatemala

Independence: 15 September 1821 (from Spain)

From the 4th to the 11th century, the lowlands area of the Peten region of Guatemala was the heart of the flourishing Maya civilization.

After the collapse of the lowland states, the Maya states of the central highlands continued until conquered by the Spanish, who first arrived in 1523 and colonised the area.

  Guatemala's History   -   Wikipedia
Pre-Columbian Guatemala, The Era of Spanish Rule, The 19th Century, The Early 20th Century, The "Ten Years of Spring", Civil war, 1986 to 2000, The 21st Century.
  Maya Civilization   -   about the pre-Columbian Maya civilization
The Maya are people of southern Mexico and northern Central America (Guatemala, Belize, western Honduras, and El Salvador) with some 3,000 years of history.

The History of Guatemalan Coffee  -  Regina Wagner
After it emerged as a market commodity in the 18th century, coffee was easily adapted to cultivation in the highlands of Central America. Guatemala in particular has relied on coffee cultivation as a part of its economic identity: it has been a premier export crop for over 300 years. The importance of coffee to the country lies in the large labour investment in each stage of production. The book covers agricultural, social, and cultural aspects of coffee culture in Guatemala in old photographs, charts, tables and maps. Wagner's work shows how Guatemala has met the economic complexity to which this product is subject, and why coffee remains the solid foundation crop of the country today.
Hardcover 224 pages (December 30, 2001);  Publisher: Villegas Asociados S.A.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 9588156017

Music, Art & Culture, Entertainment

  Music of Guatemala
Native traditional music stems from the culture of the Maya people, and has been modified by the influx of Spanish and West African immigrants beginning in the 16th century. The marimba is the most important instrument, and is used to play a variety of kinds of music, including both local folk and internationally well-known and sophisticated popular music...

  Culture of Guatemala

Maya Achi Marimba Music in Guatemala (Studies in Latin American & Caribbean Music) 
Sergio Navarrete Pellicer
For the Achi, one of the several Mayan ethnic groups indigenous to Guatemala, the music of the marimba serves not only as a form of entertainment but also as a form of communication, a vehicle for memory, and an articulation of cultural identity. Sergio Navarrete Pellicer examines the marimba tradition -- the historical confluence of African musical influences, Spanish colonial power, and Indian ethnic assimilation -- as a driving force in the dynamics of cultural continuity and change in Rabinal, the heart of Achi culture and society . By examining the performance and consumption of marimba music as complementary parts of a system of social interaction, religious belief, and ethnic identification, Navarrete Pellicer reveals how the strains of the marimba resonate with the spiritual yearnings and cultural negotiations of the Achi as they try to come to terms with the political violence and economic hardship wrought by their colonial past.
Paperback 320 pages (August 31, 2005);  Publisher: Temple University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1592132928

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