Guatemala

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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.

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Guatemala Articles
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In the shadow of volcanoes: 18 images of Guatemala

by Steph Goralnick
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Etiquette for ‘splitting the bill’ around the world

by Candice Walsh
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15 monastery stays around the world

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

by Katie Scott Aiton
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The best hangover foods around the world

by Eva Sandoval
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Conversations on war and migration in Quetzaltenango

by Meg Brauckmann
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Portraits of rural Oaxacan elders

by Nikhol Esterás Roberts
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An expat rite of passage in Guatemala

by Jonathon Engels

Portrait in Poptun, Guatemala [postcard]

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

by Meg Brauckmann

Visual journey through Guatemala

by eric warren
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23 huge kite festivals around the world

by Eileen Smith
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Volunteering in Guatemala

by eric warren
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8 best Spanish study abroad programs in Latin America

by Camden Luxford
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Returning to Central America by motorcycle

by eric warren

15 things you can do on enrichment voyages’ Central America and Panama Canal cruise

by Matador Team
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20 reasons to travel to Belize NOW

by Julie Schwietert

Sails up the Rio Dulce towards Honduras

by eric warren
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