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Guatemala special feature: The Culture and Etiquette

Guatemala in 2020 is a fascinating mix of influences, representative of its complex history. The largest economy in Central America, the country’s biggest economic driver is tourism. In the first of a series of special features, this blog covers the culture and etiquette of Guatemalan society. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: all about Guatemala culture and etiquette Nestled between […]

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Guatemala special feature: the cultural significance of religion in Guatemala

Guatemala has a long and fascinating history featuring many years of takeover and colonisation, civil war and regional differences. And of course, along with this kind of history comes a relatively complex religious picture. In this special feature, I’ll be looking at the religious composition of the country, and how this affects its culture. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: […]

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Guatemala special feature: why Guatemalan coffee is one of the country’s biggest exports

Guatemalan coffee is one of the country’s major exports, making the region the ninth biggest exporter in the world. Here’s why coffee remains so important to the country, and how the industry developed. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: Guatemalan coffee and its history Annual exports worth up to $775 million make Guatemalan coffee the second biggest export from the […]

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How is COVID-19 affecting Guatemala and its people?

This month’s Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala blog moves away from the beauty and fascination of this country with a focus on COVID-19. Global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is actively helping the health system in Guatemala, according to the UK Government. British Ambassador Nick Whittingham says that the company is donating quick COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to the […]

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Find out about the Tz’utujil people of Guatemala

Guatemala may be a relatively small country, but it’s home to 24 different Mayan ethnic groups. Among these groups are the Tz’utujil people and together with the Ladinos, Zinca, Garifunas and many more, they make up the indigenous Native American people of the country. Around 100,000 Tz’utujil (also sometimes spelled Sutujil, Tzutuhil or Tzutujil) live in a region surrounding Lake […]

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5 inspiring women from Guatemala

Almost two-thirds of the population of Guatemala are indigenous people, but their achievements often get overlooked in historical canon. And for women from Guatemala the lack of recognition is even more significant. While there are some famous women from Guatemala, including Nobel prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, there are many more who have significantly changed history that you may not have […]

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Rough guide to Gautemala’s rivers

Guatemala’s rivers play a vital role in its landscape, culture and history, as well as fuelling the country’s economy from Mayan traders to modern tourism. Rivers also act as internal and external borders, playing a key role in the identity of the country and, crucially today, providing precious ecological niches for increasingly endangered wildlife. The origins of Guatemala’s rivers Guatemala’s […]

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7 Guatemalan museums you shouldn’t miss

Guatemala is famous for its spectacular scenery, sprawling jungles and Mayan ruins, but Guatemalan museums are also a fascinating and fun way to discover more about the country. From the relics of a dictatorial past to museums for children, chocolate lovers and rum aficionados, Guatemala has something to divert and entertain just about everybody.   Palacio Nacional The Palacio Nacional […]