Bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize to the northeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast, Guatemala has a wide range of ecosystems from mangrove forests to beaches to mountains.

The Mayans, the largest pre-Columbian civilization in the country, settled extensively here, and ruins are concentrated around Petén. Around 40% of the country’s people are indigenous, primarily K’iche’, Kaqchikel, Mam, and Q’eqchi. Spanish expeditions to the country began in 1519, and much of the architecture, and primary language, reflect the influence of the Spanish colonization that went on until 1821.

Matador has information on volunteering in Guatemala, exploring the Rio Dulce biosphere reserve, learning to study Spanish, and hiking Volcano Pacaya.

Guatemala Articles

In the shadow of volcanoes: 18 images of Guatemala

by Steph Goralnick

Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh

15 monastery stays around the world

by Kristin Conard

Check out this eco-friendly hobbit house you can stay in when visiting Guatemala

by Amanda Machado

I can feel Guatemala calling me back

by Arthur Wei

This week is Semana Santa, one of the wold’s most vibrant religious festivals

by Blaze Nowara

The best Guatemalan slang words

by Matador Staff

The best hangover foods around the world

by Eva Sandoval

15 lesser-known ruins of the world

by Hal Amen

Día de los Muertos: 5 places to celebrate

by Lauren Quinn

Could you live on $1 per day? An interview with a man who tried

by Katie Scott Aiton

Conversations on war and migration in Quetzaltenango

by Meg Brauckmann

Portraits of rural Oaxacan elders

by Nikhol Esterás Roberts

An expat rite of passage in Guatemala

by Jonathon Engels

Portrait in Poptun, Guatemala [postcard]

by MatadorU Students

This is the ceremony: The search for Maya spirituality at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

by Meg Brauckmann

Visual journey through Guatemala

by eric warren

23 huge kite festivals around the world

by Eileen Smith
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