Moon Guatemala

Moon Guatemala

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by Al Argueta
     
 

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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

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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.

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"Author Al Argueta has done his homework for [Moon Guatemala]. His knowledge of the country and Guatemalan culture are in-depth and comprehensive. His fascination with the country and his interest in Guatemalan culture are evident throughout the book. He does an excellent job presenting Guatemala’s diversity and contradictions to readers. As he writes in the introduction: 'From the chic cafés and high-rise hotels of Guatemala City to the mountain trails and quaint dirt-floor huts of the most remote Mayan village, Guatemala is an enigmatic land of culture and contrasts offering an incomparable palette of pleasures to any visitor.'"

—Volker Poelzl, Transitions Abroad

"Moon Guatemala by our photographer, Al Argueta, ...has all the practical information you need, as well as plenty of background on Mayan civilisation and the recent civil war. "

Conde Nast Traveller

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598805857
Publisher:
Avalon Travel Publishing
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Series:
Moon Handbooks Travel Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

At the age of three, Al Argueta first traveled to Guatemala with his father and was utterly captivated by the country’s landscape and its Mayan inhabitants. He would later live in Guatemala for two years, allowing him to formally learn Spanish and to experience Guatemala’s culture firsthand. During summers in high school and college, Al often took a month off to travel to Guatemala, exploring its jungles, ruins, and villages.

In college, Al majored in Journalism and Latin American Studies, managing to squeeze in two study-abroad programs—one in Manchester and one in Maastricht—and traveled through much of Europe. After college, he interned with Costa Rica’s Tico Times, getting his first exposure to travel writing and photography, in addition to covering then-President Bill Clinton’s visit to Guatemala. Al worked briefly for a newspaper in the Virgin Islands before moving on to photography school in Hawaii. He also taught English to college students in Thailand for a time, continuing to satiate the travel bug that bit him years back.

Al now lives in Austin, Texas, where he’s managed to stay put for an unprecedented six years. In addition to writing, he does freelance travel photography for clients that have included National Geographic Adventure, Caribbean Travel & Life, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside’s GO, and Continental. In addition to Moon Guatemala, Al is also the author of Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala and Texas Yesterday & Today.

For the latest updates from Guatemala, visit Moon Guatemala's Facebook page.

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Moon Guatemala 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this guide. I lived in Guatemala for 3 months so I got to do a lot of the things recommended. Excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!