Guatemala: Great Destinations: A Complete Guide

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This complete guide to Guatemala includes special sections on family travel, Mayan history and culture, and detailed itineraries.

Guatemala delivers what adventurous travelers dream of: exotic birds and wildlife, world-class caving, whitewater rafting, zip-lining through the jungle, fascinating Mayan ruins, vibrant cities, and riotous indigenous festivals and markets. Like Guatemala itself, this guide combines the best in adventure, nature, and...

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Overview

This complete guide to Guatemala includes special sections on family travel, Mayan history and culture, and detailed itineraries.

Guatemala delivers what adventurous travelers dream of: exotic birds and wildlife, world-class caving, whitewater rafting, zip-lining through the jungle, fascinating Mayan ruins, vibrant cities, and riotous indigenous festivals and markets. Like Guatemala itself, this guide combines the best in adventure, nature, and culture to create indelible travel memories.

Author Conner Gorry is a solo woman traveler, and that translates into insightful text that keeps an eye on travel safety issues. Detailed itineraries offer invaluable, road-tested advice, while comprehensive history and information on Mayan culture imbue your trip with context and meaning. Gorry covers the top tourist destinations with the knowledge only experience can bring; she also emphasizes sustainable travel options that support local communities and minimize environmental impact. Including sections on health, language, and traveling with children—everything you need to have a fun, adventurous, safe, and authentic travel experience is right here.

More than 100 photographs and detailed maps round out the information, providing everything you need to make the most of your visit.

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Editorial Reviews

National Geographic Traveler
“Consistently rated the best guides to the regions covered . . . Readable, tasteful, appealingly designed. Strong on dining, lodging, culture and history.”
USA Today
“A crisp and critical approach for travelers who want to live like locals.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581571042
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/7/2009
  • Series: Great Destinations Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Conner Gorry is a native New Yorker who lives with her husband in Havana, Cuba, where she reports for various news outlets. Gorry holds an MA in international policy and has written more than a dozen guidebooks to destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, among other locales.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Facts about Guatemala 11
History 11
Geography 23
Geology 24
Climate 24
Ecology & Environment 25
Flora & Fauna 26
Government & Politics 30
Economy 30
Population & People 32
Education 32
Arts 32
Architecture 33
Society & Conduct 35
Religion 39
Mayan Calendar System 42
Language 45
Facts for the Visitor 46
Highlights 46
Suggested Itineraries 47
Planning 48
Responsible Tourism 50
Tourist Offices 51
Visas & Documents 51
Embassies & Consulates 54
Customs 55
Money 55
Post & Communications 57
Internet Resources 60
Books 62
Films 65
Newspapers & Magazines 65
Radio & TV 66
Photography 66
Time 67
Electricity 67
Weights & Measures 67
Laundry 67
Toilets 68
Health 68
Women Travelers 79
Gay & Lesbian Travelers 79
Disabled Travelers 80
Senior Travelers 80
Travel with Children 80
Useful Organizations 81
Dangers & Annoyances 81
Emergencies 82
Legal Matters 82
Business Hours 82
Public Holidays & Special Events 83
Activities 84
Language Courses 86
Work 87
Accommodations 88
Food 89
Drinks 90
Entertainment 91
Shopping 92
Getting There & Away 94
Air 94
Land 102
Sea 104
River 104
Organized Tours 105
Getting Around 107
Air 107
Bus 107
Car & Motorcycle 110
Bicycle 111
Hitchhiking 111
Boat 112
Local Transportation 112
Organized Tours 113
Guatemala City 114
History 114
Orientation 115
Information 118
Zona 1 120
Zona 2 121
Zona 4 122
Zona 10 122
Zona 13 123
Kaminaljuyu 123
Places to Stay 123
Places to Eat 127
Entertainment 129
Getting There & Away 129
Getting Around 130
Antigua 132
History 133
Orientation 133
Information 133
Parque Central 138
Casa K'ojom 139
Churches 139
Casa Popenoe 140
Monument to Landivar 140
Market 140
Horseback Riding 141
Bicycling 141
White-water Rafting 141
Language Courses 141
Organized Tours 142
Special Events 143
Places to Stay 143
Places to Eat 147
Entertainment 150
Shopping 151
Getting There & Around 152
Around Antigua 152
The Highlands 156
Lago de Atitlan 158
Tecpan Guatemala 159
Solola 160
Panajachel 160
Around Panajachel 173
San Lucas Toliman 174
Santiago Atitlan 174
San Pedro La Laguna 178
San Marcos La Laguna 181
Jaibalito 182
Santa Cruz La Laguna 182
Quiche 183
Chichicastenango 183
Santa Cruz del Quiche 191
Nebaj 193
Western Highlands 195
Cuatro Caminos 195
Totonicapan 195
Quetzaltenango 196
Around Quetzaltenango 209
Huehuetenango 215
Around Huehuetenango 221
Huehuetenango to Coban 221
La Mesilla 223
Soloma 223
Todos Santos Cuchumatan 224
The Pacific Slope 226
Ciudad Tecun Uman 228
El Carmen 228
Coatepeque 228
El Zarco Junction 228
Retalhuleu 228
Around Retalhuleu 231
Abaj Takalik 231
Champerico 232
Mazatenango 232
Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa 232
La Democracia 236
Around La Democracia 237
Escuintla 237
Puerto San Jose & Likin 238
Iztapa 238
Monterrico 239
Around Monterrico 242
Lago De Amatitlan 243
Central & Eastern Guatemala 244
Salama 246
Around Salama 247
Biotopo del Quetzal 248
Coban 249
Around Coban 256
Backdoor Peten Routes 258
Rio Hondo 259
Estanzuela 260
Zacapa 260
Chiquimula 260
Around Chiquimula 263
Padre Miguel Junction & Anguiatu 264
Esquipulas 264
Copan Site (Honduras) 268
Copan Ruinas 274
Around Copan Ruinas 281
Quirigua 281
Lago de Izabal 284
Puerto Barrios 289
Livingston 295
Around Livingston 300
El Peten 303
Poptun 305
Flores & Santa Elena 307
El Remate 320
Around Lago de Peten Itza 322
Tikal 323
Uaxactun 332
Eastward to Belize 334
From El Peten to Chiapas (Mexico) 334
Sayaxche Area 335
Remote Mayan Sites 338
Language 341
Spanish 341
Modern Mayan 344
Menu Translator 348
Glossary 351
Index 359
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