Tag: Guatemala culture

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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 […]

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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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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 […]