Temple I at sunrise. Photo © Al Argueta.

Explore the Ruins of Tikal

There is plenty to explore in this vast Mayan city that once harbored thousands of people, and you could easily spend several days here taking it all in. The ruins in evidence today are representative of the latter years of Tikal’s existence, as the Maya built on top of existing temples and palaces.

Atop Tikal's Temple IV. Photo © Al Argueta.

Petén and the Maya Biosphere Reserve

Petén is without a doubt the cradle of Mayan civilization, as it lays claim to some of the oldest known Mayan sites along with the earliest evidence of the writing and royal dynastic rule characterizing the civilization that flourished here. The massive Maya Biosphere Reserve, established to protect the forests, ruins, and unexcavated sites, could keep you busy for weeks. However long your have for your visit, our expect author is here to help you effectively plan your time.

Pyramidal temple with pale stones showing through moss.

The 10-Day Best of Guatemala

If you have only 10 days, you can enjoy the best that Guatemala has to offer. This itinerary will help you see as much as you can in a short amount of time without running ragged. After all, it’s a vacation.

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Kid-Friendly Activities and Attractions in Guatemala

Latin Americans are very family oriented and Guatemalans are no exception. There is plenty to see and do in Guatemala for families traveling with children of all ages. Here is a list of kid- and family-friendly attractions throughout the country.

Father and daughter climb the steps of a Mayan temple.

Making Our Way Through the Mundo Maya

Amy E. Robertson and her family are leaving Honduras next month after nearly five years. They had struggled to figure out what vacation destination merited their final hurrah, and they finally decided to visit one of Amy’s bucket list destinations: Tikal.

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Moon Maya 2012

December 21, 2012 is an important date for the Maya; it marks the end of the Long Count, a 5,125-year cycle of the Maya calendar, and the world’s transition into a new era. Some believe this transition will be peaceful; others warn it will be nothing short of explosive. But there’s one thing everyone can […]