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Despite its past turmoil and political instability, travelers are returning to Guatemala because it offers Central America in concentrated form: its volcanoes are the highest and most active, its Mayan ruins the most impressive, its earthquakes the most devastating and its history decidedly intense. Guatemala is the Mayan heart of Central America, though the government has touted and tortured the Maya - sticking their pictures on brochures and guns in their faces. However, indigenous culture survives in the ancient ruins of Tikal, rituals of Chichicastenango and blazing colors of Mayan dress.

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Guatemala--Lake Atitlan

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 | By dmstaton | Views [850]

I'm sitting on a huge boulder on the shore of Lake Atitlan, a high sitting lake in Guatemala surrounded by volcanic mountains. Its rim is dotted with a mix of both local and touristy Mayan towns. It's Sunday and I'm in San Pedro. Today seems to be a ... Read more >

Tags: america, atitlan, central, guatemala, hiking, lake, lake, travel

Psychedelic souls and sky giants

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 | By compassrose | Views [626]

“¡Cuidado!” someone shouts, as a quetzal with a six metre wingspan catches a gust and soars upwards, rippling my hair as I duck. The giant bird lurches as her reins pull taught, and she begins to dance proudly back and forth on the ... Read more >

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Photos: Central America 2015

Mon, 7 Sep 2015 | By timmylodhi | Photo Gallery

Photos from an inspiring trip with my sister over the summer of 2015
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Tags: backpacking, belize, central america, colombia, costa rica, guatemala, honduras, mexico, nicaragua, panama

Always On The Go

Mon, 7 Sep 2015 | By timmylodhi | Views [431] | Video | Scholarship Entry

Hello there! My name is Taimur Khan Lodhi, but you can call me Timmy for short. I'm a digital filmmaking student from Santa Rosa, California. I've been obsessed with the idea of becoming a travel documentation my entire life. I've had dreams where ... Read more >

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A Love Beyond Normality

Sat, 5 Sep 2015 | By tomcan | Views [399] | Video | Scholarship Entry

I recently graduated with a film degree and I am passionate about finding, creating and telling stories. I love to travel and explore new cultures and meet new people. Making documentary films is the most interesting and rewarding style of filmmaking ... Read more >

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Semuc Champey - underground caves and river tubing / El Tunco, El Salvador - detour to a small surf town

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 | By sheree | Views [1108]

Matt and I were getting the  8am  shuttle the next morning to Semuc Champey, still not feeling the best. It ended up being a 10 hour ride and our shuttle was jam packed with people and seats were so uncomfortable. We were right behind the driver ... Read more >

Tags: candlelight, caving, eco lodge, natural rock pools, river, tubing, underground, war paint, water slides

Antigua and hiking Volcano Acatanango

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 | By sheree | Views [809]

Even though it was only 4 hours from Lake Atitlan to Antigua the shuttle ride made it feel worse than a 15 hour bus ride. It was a little shuttle and I was on a small, hard fold out seat at the very front in between the driver and passenger seat. Extremely ... Read more >

Tags: antigua, camping, eruption, hike, lava, mountain, volcano

Photos: Xela, Guatemala

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 | By mayaarad | Photo Gallery

First few days in Xela
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Lake Atitlan - kayaking the lake and climbing Indian's Nose

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 | By sheree | Views [769] | Comments [1]

Finished my first book - Wild (new movie starring Reese Witherspoon) about a girl hiking the PCT in America and 'finding herself' after her mum dIt's. Really good read and quite fitting to the travels I am on. Quite a profound ending and the message ... Read more >

Tags: hike, indians nose, kayaking, lake, mountain, sunrise, volcano

Photos: Guatemala

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 | By sheree | Photo Gallery

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The Spirit of Activism Starts with an Education

Thu, 28 May 2015 | By olao | Views [329] | Scholarship Entry

We are leaving Guatemala tomorrow, and I really wish I could have gotten to know some of the girls at Abriendos Oportunidades on a deeper level. Each of them has a unique story to tell, different insights to share, and so much ability to inspire! To make ... Read more >

Tags: 2015 Writing Scholarship

The Land of the Eternal Spring

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By redcastle | Views [458] | Scholarship Entry

Sitting in the back of the immense white pickup, I thumped my way up the mountain towards our final destination in Guatemala, Semuc Champey. My knuckles whitened as I gripped the edges of the truck. Each time we hit a pothole or hillock on the dirt ... Read more >

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A Utopian Jungle

Wed, 27 May 2015 | By kelseyapple | Views [402] | Scholarship Entry

Utopia is a perfect name for this hostel, a huge hardwood building with no walls right in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle. From my 2nd floor hammock (30 Quetzals per night) I could see the lime green glow of fireflies buzzing around the trees in ... Read more >

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The Power of the Mustache

Tue, 26 May 2015 | By anna_zee | Views [357] | Comments [1] | Scholarship Entry

“Move over, señoras y señores! Go on, lady - move to the back please, there’s plenty of space!” The driver’s assistant is rearranging the passengers on the already packed bus to make room for more. After a few months in Guatemala, this feels like a ... Read more >

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This One Time I Hiked a Volcano

Mon, 25 May 2015 | By thisonetimewheniwastraveling | Views [267] | Scholarship Entry

Everyone has a "hit list" right? Not the kind of hit list where you name the people you want killed off (bad form to put that sort of thing in writing); rather, a list of travel stories you can tell to just about any crowd. My audience is typically ... Read more >

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