Guatemala (Moon Handbooks) (4th Edition)

Guatemala (Moon Handbooks) (4th Edition)

Al Argueta

Language: English

Pages: 648

ISBN: 2:00257872

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Part-time Guatemala resident Al Argueta provides travelers with an insider’s view of Guatemala’s best, from idyllic surf spots to popular volcanoes. Argueta offers in-depth coverage of Lake Atitlan and La Antigua, as well as Guatemala City’s diverse selection of museums. With expert advice on where to eat, sleep, relax, and explore, Moon Guatemala gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Guatemala

Enjoy the very best of Guatemala with these itineraries:

The Best of Guatemala
Ancient Wonders of the Maya
Surf and Turf
Weekend Escape
Ecotourism Treks
The Road to Ruins
Bird’s-Eye View
Living It Up: Hop Hotels and Restaurants
Explore what Guatemala has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

Guatemala City and Vicinity
La Antigua Guatemala and Vicinity
The Western Highlands including Chimaltenango Department and Vicinity, Panajachel and Lake Atitlan, Lake Atitlan Villages, Chichicastenango, Santa Cruz del Quiche and Vicinity, The Ixil Triangle, Huehuetenango Frontier, Quetzaltenango (Xela) and Vicinity
The Pacific Coast including Retalhuleu and Vicinity, Escuintla Department, Monterrico and Hawaii, and East to El Salvador
El Oriente and Izabul including Rios Hondo to Esquipulas, Esquipulas, Copan Archaeological Site (Honduras), Copan Ruinas Town (Honduras), Quirigua to Puerto Barrios, Puerto Barrios and Vicinity, Livington, Rio Dulce National Park, Rio Dulce Town (Fronteras), and Lake Izabal
Las Verapaces including Salama and Vicinity, Along the Cloud Forest Biological Corridor, Coban and Vicinity, Languin and Semuc Champey, and Northern Alta Verapaz
Peten including Poptun and Vicinity, Sayaxche and Vicinity, Flores, Lake Peten Itza, East to Belize, Tikal National Park, and The Maya Biosphere Reserve

Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook

















kilometers to the north, where there is a visitors center. From there, boatmen take you on the 30-minute boat ride up the Río La Pasión ($40 for 1-12 people) to the site. You can also book a tour via one of the Cobán travel outfitters. Return to HIGHLIGHTS CANDELARIA CAVES NATIONAL PARK From Sebol, the dirt road branches west to Raxrujá, from where a paved road continues west to San Antonio Las Cuevas. The road from Petén also connects to San Antonio Las Cuevas from the “Cruce del

because of the restricted development of secondary market centers and the overwhelming economic dominance of Guatemala City. To further exercise his dominion, Barrios professionalized the military, creating a new military academy, the Escuela Politecnica, still in existence today. The addition of rural militia further strengthened national control over the rural hinterlands. Barrios was decidedly pro-Western and sought to impose a European worldview to suppress what he saw as a vastly inferior

look increasingly benign by comparison—including an army massacre in the village of Panzós, Alta Verapaz, and the firebombing of the Spanish embassy in Guatemala City during a peaceful occupation by peasant leaders. In Panzós, at least 35 peasants, including some children, lay murdered in the town square with dozens more injured or killed as they tried to make their escape. The occupation of Guatemala City’s Spanish Embassy was carried out by the Guatemalan military and eventually led to all-out

hot-water bathroom. The large rooms have nice antique tile floors and wooden furnishings and there’s a restaurant on the premises where you can enjoy delicious pizzas and pastas in the $10-16 range. Room rates include breakfast. Posada La Merced (7a Avenida Norte #43, tel. 7832-3197, $20-25 d) is another good choice offering nicely decorated, furnished rooms with private or shared hot-water bathroom. It features a courtyard where you can help yourself to purified drinking water, baggage storage,

HIGHLANDS map, click here HIGHLIGHTS Iximché: Conveniently situated close to the Pan-American Highway about an hour outside of Guatemala City, the ruins of the former capital of the Kaqchikel kingdom is worth a look to see what the Spanish encountered when they first arrived in Guatemala. It is the most easily accessible of all the highland Mayan centers brought under Spanish dominion at the time of the conquest ( Iximché). Reserva Natural Atitlán: Lake Atitlán is one of Guatemala’s

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