Author: Jürg Widmer

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Living treasures: the native animals of Guatemala

The ancient history and stunning scenery draw millions of tourists every year but the animals of Guatemala are among the country’s most precious assets. Wildlife of an astonishing variety makes Guatemala’s jungles, oceans and mountains a dream for nature lovers, conservationists and researchers. Geography creates biodiversity The amazing diversity of Guatemala’s wildlife is driven by geography, with a group of […]

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Rough guide to the music of Guatemala

The music of Guatemalan is central to its culture throughout recorded history, from the Mayan civilisations to African and European influences and to today’s successful modern popular acts. Its diversity and quality mean Guatemala’s music achieves fame well beyond Central America. From classical composers to Grammy Award-winning singers and bands. Mayan Like many societies, music was an important part of […]

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The stunning treasures of the Guatemala ecosystem

The Guatemala ecosystem includes one of Earth’s most important and vulnerable rainforest habitats, but the country has even more to offer than the steamy, teeming jungle. The country’s cooler highlands are home to many endangered species of all types, while the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are also full of life. Let’s explore this amazing ecosystem. Guatemala’s geography Guatemala is made […]

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Guatemala Culture – 7 of the best places to eat and drink

One of the most enjoyable ways to (literally) get a taste of Guatemalan culture is to sample some of our country’s remarkable food and drink. We’ve spoken before about the rich variety of cuisines on offer in Guatemala. But here we’re focusing on the 7 best places to eat and drink in our country. So, from Mayan-inspired foods to traditional […]

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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 – Religions in Guatemalan Culture

Anyone who is interested in religions 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 […]

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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 […]