By Al Argueta
Fourth Edition, November 2012
Price: $19.99 USD
Price: $9.99 USD
Part-time Guatemala resident Al Argueta provides travelers with an insider’s view of Guatemala’s best, from idyllic surf spots to popular volcanoes. Argueta offers in-depth coverage of Lake Atitlan and La Antigua, as well as Guatemala City’s diverse selection of museums. With expert advice on where to eat, sleep, relax, and explore, Moon Guatemala gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Guatemala
Enjoy the very best of Guatemala with these itineraries:
- The Best of Guatemala
- Ancient Wonders of the Maya
- Surf and Turf
- Weekend Escape
- Ecotourism Treks
- The Road to Ruins
- Bird’s-Eye View
- Living It Up: Hop Hotels and Restaurants
Explore what Guatemala has to offer.
Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:
- Guatemala City and Vicinity
- La Antigua Guatemala and Vicinity
- The Western Highlands including Chimaltenango Department and Vicinity, Panajachel and Lake Atitlan, Lake Atitlan Villages, Chichicastenango, Santa Cruz del Quiche and Vicinity, The Ixil Triangle, Huehuetenango Frontier, Quetzaltenango (Xela) and Vicinity
- The Pacific Coast including Retalhuleu and Vicinity, Escuintla Department, Monterrico and Hawaii, and East to El Salvador
- El Oriente and Izabul including Rios Hondo to Esquipulas, Esquipulas, Copan Archaeological Site (Honduras), Copan Ruinas Town (Honduras), Quirigua to Puerto Barrios, Puerto Barrios and Vicinity, Livington, Rio Dulce National Park, Rio Dulce Town (Fronteras), and Lake Izabal
- Las Verapaces including Salama and Vicinity, Along the Cloud Forest Biological Corridor, Coban and Vicinity, Languin and Semuc Champey, and Northern Alta Verapaz
- Peten including Poptun and Vicinity, Sayaxche and Vicinity, Flores, Lake Peten Itza, East to Belize, Tikal National Park, and The Maya Biosphere Reserve
Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook
At the age of three, Al Argueta first traveled to Guatemala with his father and was utterly captivated by the country’s landscape and its Mayan inhabitants. He would later live in Guatemala for two years, allowing him to formally learn Spanish and to experience Guatemala’s culture firsthand. During summers in high school and college, Al often took a month off to travel to Guatemala, exploring its jungles, ruins, and villages.
In college, Al majored in Journalism and Latin American Studies, managing to squeeze in two study-abroad programs—one in Manchester and one in Maastricht—and traveled through much of Europe. After college, he interned with Costa Rica’s Tico Times, getting his first exposure to travel writing and photography, in addition to covering then-President Bill Clinton’s visit to Guatemala. Al worked briefly for a newspaper in the Virgin Islands before moving on to photography school in Hawaii. He also taught English to college students in Thailand for a time, continuing to satiate the travel bug that bit him years back.
Al now lives in Austin, Texas, where he’s managed to stay put for an unprecedented six years. In addition to writing, he does freelance travel photography for clients that have included National Geographic Adventure, Caribbean Travel & Life, Condé Nast Traveler, Outside’s GO, and Continental. In addition to Moon Guatemala, Al is also the author of Moon Living Abroad in Guatemala and Texas Yesterday & Today.