Guatemala Travel Articles

Julie Bleau
View of Temple I from North Acropolis-Tikal
Philip Flood
Using the big loom - natural color threads
Joe Grant
Antigua and the Volcano
Philip Flood
Another hand  loom
Boats on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Julie Bleau
View of Temple II-Tikal
A Note from Long Way Home in Guatemala
Recipient of Adventure Life grant: Long Way Home's mission is to break the cycle of poverty among youth in developing communities by creating educational opportunities, cultivating civic interaction, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance
Adventure Life and the Rainforest Alliance have established a partnership to promote tourism operations that are part of the Rainforest Alliance's Best Management Practices in Sustainable Tourism Program.
Community Grants
Adventure Life has an annual, ongoing grant program that provides funding for small, grassroots projects in the countries we visit. Organizations and/or projects are nominated by our local partners.
Culture of Guatemala
Get to know the culture of Guatemala before beginning your amazing adventure to this country. Enjoy the strong Mayan and Spanish influences that helped shape the culture of this area.
Discovering the Treasures of Guatemala Travel
Guatemala is the northernmost country in Central America. At just 42,000 square miles, Guatemala is a small country, but it has much to offer the visitor who has opted to explore this ecologically beautiful and culture-rich region.
Do You Travel Responsibly?
A helpful list of questions to ask your travel company to better understand the type of impact your trip might have on the local people and environment.
From Civil War to Times of Peace: Guatemala's Modern History
Guatemala has been the unfortunate host of a 36-year long civil war that it is continuing to recover from. Get a better look into its past and present through this informative article on the history of Guatemala's civil war.
Guatemala Cuisine and Coffee
Get to know the delicious cuisine of Guatemala before embarking on an amazing adventure into this incredible country. They are known for their incredible coffee, delicious seafood, and luscious tropical fruits.
Guatemala Easter Festival
Easter in Antigua provides a fascinating experience when traveling to Guatemala.
Guatemala History and Culture
The earliest Maya civilizations began to emerge in the highlands of Guatemala by as early as 2000 BC. Read through their history and the culture that has evolved today.
Guatemala Weather
Guatemala has been know to be the "Land of Eternal Spring" and has some amazing climate great for travel. Learn about some exceptions though before planning your next adventure.
Guatemala Wildlife Beckons the Birders
The biodiversity of Guatemala is incredible and allows for some amazing wildlife to flourish here. Bird enthusiasts will enjoy it most with its abundance of uniquely incredible bird life including herons, parrots, macaws and so many more!
Guatemala: A Biodiversity Hot Spot
A Biodiversity Hot Spot is an area with a plentiful supply of biodiversity that is unfortunately been threatened by humans. Learn more about its fourteen eco-regions that make Guatemala a truly unique environment.
Guatemala: Easter Festival, ChiChi and a chicken bus
Usually independent travelers, they toured with Montana-based Adventure Life Journeys, joining seven other travelers to experience the nine-day Easter Festival and much more.
Holiday Travel Tips for Your Adventure Trips!
Planning for great holiday travel is about being smart and traveling well — work out all the kinks in advance, keep a cool head, and you’ll set yourself up for smooth-sailing.
Look into Guatemala Politics
Learn more about Guatemala's political structure and gain a better understanding of how this country functions from past to present.
Mayan Dress in Santiago de Atitlan
Traditional dress in this Guatemala village famous for its Maya weaving. Duncan Aitken describes the process of creating these works of art.
Monika's Guatemala Trip Journal
Central America specialist, Monika, recently spent some time revisiting Guatemala. Read about her travels to Guatemala's Antigua, Santiago and more.
Mysteries of the Maya Come Alive in Belize
Read about the history of the Maya in Belize, Maya ruins throughout Belize, and other information about the Maya people who you will still encounter on our Guatemala tours and Belize tours.
Rugged and Mountainous Guatemala Geography
Guatemala's landscape is predominantly mountainous but it is also home to fertile valleys that have made it excellent for growing coffee. Read through this article to learn more about the geography of Guatemala.
Safe and Sound
The State Department's consular warning about Guatemala travel can certainly cause some alarm. Here is a bit of information, provided by our local partner, on how to make your trip a safe one.
Solving the Mysteries of Tipping
Questions regarding tipping adequate are some of the most common concerns travelers have when visiting a foreign country. And unfortunately, there is not a straight-forward, yes or no, answer to the tipping question. But we can offer some suggestions.
The Ecology of Tikal and the Surrounding Peten Region
Learn about the geography and ecology of Guatemala, and the historic reasons that the northern part of Guatemala has a relatively undisturbed environment.
The Famed Ruins of Tikal
Explore the Maya architecture and culture. Here's a look at what you may see on a Guatemala tour to the Mayan ruins of Tikal in the El Peten region.
The Odyssey of a Tz'utujil Woman
Dolores Ratzun is a healer in the Guatemalan Highlands who has shared her heritage with people from around the world by advising on movies, selling handicrafts, and offering ayudante healings.
The Village of Santiago de Atitlan
Before your trip to Guatemala read through a description of Santiago de Atitlan, a colorful village visited on our Guatemala Highlands tour and our Mayan Multisport Guatemala tour.
Totonicapan Dance Festival
The Totonicapan Dance Festival in Guatemala celebrates the Mayan traditions and cultural heritage. Here is a summary of the different traditional dances performed.
Understanding Guatemala's Ancient History
Guatemala's history dates back to before 10,000 BC. Read more about it's ancient to modern civilizations including Mayans and their incredible cities they built in 1400 BC.