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Part-time Guatemala resident Alvaro Argueta provides travelers with an insider's view of Guatemala's rich ecological gems, including idyllic surfspots and popular volcanoes. Argueta is the perfect tour guide — providing trip ideas like Highland Adventure and Exploring the Maya Past and Present. Packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Guatemala has lots of options for a range of travel budgets. Every Moon guidebook includes recommendations for must-see sights and many area, regional, and city-centered maps. Including experienced advice on visiting Lake Atitlan, La Antigua, and the variety of museums in Guatemala City, Moon Guatemala gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience. With expert writers, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks are the cure for the common trip.

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The 480-page book was written by Al Argueta, a Texas-based photographer of Guatemalan decent who lived there for two years and has explored much of the country. His passion for the joys of this nation can be sensed throughout the book. Be sure to check it out before making your own visit to discover Guatemala.
—Kelly Amabile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598800579
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Moon Handbooks Travel Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The Lay of the Land     14
Planning Your Trip     17
Explore Guatemala     19
The Best of Guatemala     19
Adventure Hiking     20
Mayans Past and Present     21
Bird-Watcher's Delight     23
Living It Up     24
Guatemala City     26
Sights     31
Entertainment     45
Shopping     47
Recreation     48
Accommodations     51
Food     56
Information and Services     61
Getting There and Around     63
Near Guatemala City     69
La Antigua Guatemala     72
Sights     77
Arts and Entertainment     84
Shopping     85
Recreation     87
Accommodations     90
Food     97
Information and Services     101
Getting There and Around     103
Near Antigua Guatemala     104
The Western Highlands     107
Chimaltenango Department and Vicinity     111
Panajachel and Lake Atitlan     114
Lake Atitlan Villages     126
Chichicastenango     139
Santa Cruz del Quiche and Vicinity     144
The Ixil Triangle     150
Huehuetenango and Vicinity     158
Huehuetenango Frontier     164
Quetzaltenango (Xela) and Vicinity     169
The Pacific Coast     187
Retalhuleu and Vicinity     190
Escuintla Department     198
Monterrico     207
East to El Salvador     213
El Oriente and Izabal     215
Rio Hondo to Esquipulas     219
Esquipulas     221
Copan Archaeological Site (Honduras)     223
Copan Ruinas Town (Honduras)     231
Quirigua to Puerto Barrios     238
Puerto Barrios and Vicinity     240
Livingston     248
Rio Dulce National Park     256
Rio Dulce Town     259
Lake Izabal     262
Las Verapaces     267
Salama and Vicinity     272
Along the Cloud Forest Biological Corridor     274
Coban and Vicinity     281
Lanquin and Semuc Champey     290
Northern Alta Verapaz     293
Peten     300
Poptun and Vicinity      305
Sayaxche and Vicinity     307
Flores     310
Lake Peten Itza     323
East to Belize     329
Tikal National Park     331
The Maya Biosphere Reserve     343
Background     362
The Land     362
Flora and Fauna     374
History     378
Government     403
Economy     406
People and Culture     409
Essentials     417
Getting There     417
Getting Around     423
Visas and Officialdom     425
Recreation     426
Accommodations     436
Food     438
Conduct and Customs     441
Tips for Travelers     442
Health and Safety     445
Information and Services     451
Resources     456
Glossary     456
Spanish Phrasebook     458
Suggested Reading     464
Internet Resources     467
Index     469
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    Stick with Lonely Planet instead

    We have bought Lonely Planet many times before (Japan, Russia, India, China (where we lived 2 years), Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc) but I decided to try this guide out based soley on the prior reviews written here. What a disappointment. Granted I only used it for a short trip to Antigua (which was great by the way) but I just didn't find much helpful advice. My fiance went to the bookstore today to buy another LP and when he read their Guatemala book, found it much more informative in hindsight. Sorry, Moon, we will be sticking by the Lonely Planet from now on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Awesome Guide

    Absolutely loved this guide. I lived in Guatemala for 3 months so I got to do a lot of the things recommended. Excellent book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Better than Lonely Planet and Rough Guide

    This guidebook is hands down THE best guidebook if you're planning a trip to Guatemala. On the practical side, it's surprisingly lightweight despite being almost 500 pages in length. It also features some excellent photography (by the author who is also a photographer) including a great color section with accompanying intro at the start of the book. The author, Al Argueta, is Guatemalan-American and obviously knows Guatemala intimately. He has a good grasp on the history of Guatemala and shares his insights without sounding like a boring textbook. There are all sorts of facts and tidbits included throughout that make this guide interesting. It's also very humorous in places and you can tell he had a good time researching the topic - on which he is clearly an expert. There are some well- written sidebars, too. My favorites were on 'Pollo Campero', a Guatemalan fried chicken franchise that has gone global: Be sure you check out their TV comercials when you get there - They're a kick! The maps are straight-forward and easy to read. As with other Moon guides, place names are located directly on the maps so you don't have to go looking for a key on a separate page. The book's organization is also very well thought-out. He includes a whole section on the often overlooked park known as the Maya Biosphere Reserve with tons of information on remote Maya sites. There's also a section on the cloud forests of the Verapaz region, which I haven't seen done as well elsewhere. Guatemala's more traditional destinations are covered equally as well. The Guatemala City and Antigua restaurant reviews are alone worth the price of admission. All in all, this is a great book that gives great options for any budget. Comparing it with the other recent Guat books, this is my top pick and I expect to see others toting it on my next visit. It's raised the bar for guidebooks on Guatemala and it was about time someone with this kind of knowledge & experience wrote such an excellent guidebook to one of my favorite countries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2007

    The most up-to-date, insightful guide on Guatemala

    I have read a pre-sale copy of this book and highly recommend it. It's funny, interesting, insightful and full of great photographs. The writer is a Guatemalan-American and has been traveling there for years. This is the only guidebook on Guatemala you'll need!

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