A Year’s Worth Of Sins Went Up In Smoke

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In all of Antigua, Guatemala, there is only one place in the city where two gas stations sit across the street from each other. Someone years ago decided that this is the spot where every December 7, people would gather to watch La Quema del Diablo: The Burning of The Devil. Across the country on […]

A Perfect Marriage Of Luxury And Culture At Lake Atitlan

Monday, August 23, 2010

I will be honest: the sound of the word “lake” causes an instant yawn reflex. Mention “beach” or “miles of sand and sea,” and you’ve caught my attention for the next hour. As a seasoned traveler, it is slightly embarrassing to admit that I almost always search for the perfect seascape to relax and unwind […]

Traveling Cheap In Central America, The Frugal Traveler Way

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Have you been following the exploits of the newly-installed Frugal Traveler, Seth Kugel, this summer as he’s been making his way from São Paulo to New York? This month alone he’s traipsed around Los Zorros, a seaside fishing village on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, with his parents; shacked up with a local family in […]

Human Ants in Guatemala

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Special thanks to The Expeditioner´s readers for support given to Guatemala when duel disasters struck May 2010. Though bound by the usual array of parental rules as a child, when I sat next to an ant hill, it was as if I were an omnipotent God. Gazing down from on high, I would sometimes bestow Fruit […]

Call to Action! Guatemala Needs Your Help

Monday, May 31, 2010

As many of you know, contributor Luke Armstrong lives and works in Guatemala, and many of the people his organization works with have been directly affected by the recent storm. In response, Luke forwarded the following call for help. The eruption of Volcano Pacaya and the arrival of Tropical Storm Agatha struck a devastating […]

A Bowl Of Fruit

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

By Tyrel Nelson It was mid-January, but no snow was on the ground — an odd sight for Minnesotans. The 17 of us were actually in the verdant highlands of Panajachel, Sololá, Guatemala. Teammates on a Global Village trip, we were offering our time and sweat on behalf of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (based […]

Finding Maximón

Friday, January 22, 2010

One of the first things travelers learn is that fornicating with the local’s wives and then sacrificing the illegitimate children produced to the devil is considered culturally insensitive. Maximón (pronounced Ma-she-mon) had a predilection for this, and not without their reasons, the men of his village decided it was lynching time. But Maximón, among other […]

Video: Where Else To Hike And Camp But On One Of The World’s Most Active Volcanoes?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I thought I’d check in with our friends over at as they progress through Latin and South America. Last time we checked in with them they were up to episode two: “Climbing Volcano San Pedro” in Guatemala. A look at episode six and . . . well they’re still climbing volcanoes in Guatemala. Ah, […]

The World Of Philanthropic Travel: Volunteering Abroad

Monday, December 28, 2009

All destinations have a dual nature. In Guatemala there is the Guatemala that is shown to tourists, and then there is the other Guatemala. In the Northern jungle region of the country, tourists marvel at Tikal, a breathtaking parked filled with ruins of Mayan pyramids. Not far from Tikal, in garbage dumps across the country, […]

Looking To Experience The Real Central America? Head To Guatemala

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

These days, it’s more than likely that you’re going to be around many other travelers  when you’re in Central and South America. But as Anna points out in this article, Guatemala offers a rare opportunity to see and experience a culture that “remains remarkably untouched by modernity.” In the South you can visit Tikal, one […]

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