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An expert’s guide to Guatemalan chocolate

Our country, Guatemala, has given at least two great gifts to the world. You can read more about one of them – coffee – in another post, here. It arrived relatively recently in Guatemala: but the other, chocolate, has far more ancient roots. It is a fundamental part of Guatemala’s culture.   This wonderful discovery was considered by the ancient […]

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How religion plays a significant part in our lives – Guatemalan Culture

Anyone who is interested in Guatemalan culture will soon discover that religion plays a significant part in the daily life of our nation. And the statistics suggest a fairly straightforward picture. 50 per cent of our country identifies as Catholic, 37 per cent as Protestant, 11 per cent as having no religious affiliation, and 2 per cent as ‘other’. But […]

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A beginner’s guide to Guatemalan coffee

Today, coffee is one of Guatemala’s biggest exports. Exports of up to $723 million make it one of the cornerstones of the country’s agricultural export business. But if you’re visiting our country, what do you need to know about this wonderful product? Where are the best growing areas, and how is coffee made? And finally, where is the best place […]

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An unforgettable trip to the Mayan ruins of El Mirador

It is hard to believe that a place like El Mirador really exists. Of course, there are other remote Maya ruins in Guatemala – Tikal for one – but nothing quite like El Mirador. If the set designers for an Indiana Jones film had shown sketches of it, they would probably have been dismissed as being too fantastical.   Getting […]