About five years ago I was in Huehuetenango, Guatemala having crossed the border from Méjico and rattled into town on a chicken bus. It was getting late so I stayed in a sketchy little hotel near the bus station, probably cost around 40 queztales or five bucks American. Huehue is a kind of bustling town although... Continue Reading →
Three Guatemalan musicians and their instruments in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala just after dusk on December 23 2014.
Below is my translation of a feature that appeared in yesterday's print edition of Mexican newspaper El Universal. The original in Spanish can be found online here. When pieces of the Berlin Wall began to fall on November 9 1989 symbolising the start of the end of the Cold War, the old struggle between communism and... Continue Reading →
Latin America has no shortage of spectacular lakes. Lake Titicaca is, I believe, the most spectacular of all. Lago de Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands is breathtaking.. The lakes of Patagonia will astound you with their colour and incredible backdrops. The list goes on. Lago Petén Itzá in the north of Guatemala is not as... Continue Reading →
I spent a long day at the amazing Mayan archaeological site of Tikal in the northern Guatemalan department of El Peten. In between lots of walking, climbing pyramids and taking photographs I shot a couple of short videos as well, the first from the main central square and the second from the central acropolis to... Continue Reading →
Tracking in one of the little mini-vans that ply the very few routes that chicken buses don’t -or do- but supplement or complement them anyway, I headed further and deeper into the Guatemalan highlands to the Ixil Triangle - all the way to Chajul where the folk speak their traditional Mayan tongue, Ixil, and I had myself... Continue Reading →
I love the small towns of Latin America and one of my favourites is Todos Santos Cuchumatán in the western highlands of Guatemala. The surrounding mountain scenery is spectacular, the air crisp and fresh and the culture of the Mam people is well preserved in town. Virtually all the native inhabitants of the village wear... Continue Reading →