Jürg Widmer Probst Mayan Culture

5 fascinating facts about Mayan culture

I’ve always been fascinated by Guatemala’s history, and often blog about the complex and rich background of the Mayan people. There are millions of people today who are still part of Mayan culture. They still speak Mayan languages, eat traditional Mayan foods and keep the culture alive in the 21st century. Any first-time visitor to Guatemala may be surprised at […]

Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala - Festival of Giant Kites

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 […]

Jürg Widmer Probst history of Guatemala

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 […]

Jurg Widmer Guatemala COVID-19

Guatemala special feature: COVID-19 update

COVID-19 is hitting Guatemala at every level, from the Government and cabinet to the rural population. On 20 September 2020, President Alejandro Giammattei announced he tested positive with COVID-19. The Government continues to work, according to the President, and it appears he is now recovering. Jürg Widmer Probst Guatemala special feature: a COVID-19 update President Giammattei announced his diagnosis to […]