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The Highlands Travel Guide

The Highlands Top Experiences

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Market Days in the Highlands

Believe it or not, highland markets mean more than Thursday and Sunday in Chichicastenango. Most towns hold a market one or two days a week...


Dancing with the Dead

Colorful cemeteries, with their turquoises and pinks, mauves and sky blues, play an integral part in the living fabric of contemporary Guatemalan...


Drinking and Smoking with the Saints

Arguably Guatemala's most curious object of veneration is the cigar-smoking, rum-swilling deity Maximón. He is still actively idolized a few...


The Heroes of Santiago Atitlán

In this American Idol –ized world, a visit to Santiago Atitlán puts renown and heroism into true perspective. Oklahoma native Father Stanley...


Weaving Culture, Weaving History

It is said that the Mayan goddess Ixchel gave the art of weaving to her people. Today's Maya descendents still make fervent use of that gift...


I, Rigoberta Menchú … Mostly

In 1992 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Guatemalan writer Rigoberta Menchú, raised in the tiny highland village of San Miguel Uspantán...


Top Reasons to Go

Blending the old and the new: The highlands mix the best of Mayan and European cultures. Although Christianity has been practiced here for...

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