Category: History

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5 Guatemalan women you should know about

Guatemala is home to more than 16.6 million people. Of these, almost two-thirds are indigenous people, whose achievements are often left out of historical canon. For Guatemalan women, this is even more the case. Think about how many women from Guatemala you’ve read about or heard about. The chances are, it’s not many. There are, of course, exceptions. For example, […]

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Why the Festival of Giant Kites in Guatemala is a spectacle worth seeing

In the UK and the US Halloween gets all of the attention in the run up to All Saints Day on 1 November. But other cultures and countries observe this traditionally important day in the calendar in different ways. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is well-known for its culturally significant celebration of the lives and spirits of lost family members […]

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There’s no better way to discover the history of Guatemala than by visiting its museums

One of the most interesting countries you can visit, Guatemala has a rich cultural history. Home to the ancient Maya civilization, which reached its peak between 250AD and 900AD, the history of Guatemala has many twists and turns. The Mayan civilisation was already declining from its heady heights when the Europeans landed in the 14th century. And when the Spanish […]

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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 […]