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5 Things NOT To Do in Guatemala

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With its lush landscapes, Mayan ruins, and towering volcanoes, there aren't too many things not to love about Guatemala. But like most countries, there are some Things NOT To Do in Guatemala.

1. Don't Visit Guatemala City
According to the U.S. Department of State's travel notice, the city is rife with violent crimes against U.S. citizens and foreign travelers. The capital was once considered safe, but those days are long gone.

2. Don't Wear Flip Flops to the Mayan Ruins
Unless you want to lose your footing and sprain an ankle, leave the flip flops in your suitcase. The ancient Mayan Ruins are over a thousand years old, staircases may be unstable, and grassy areas uneven. So watch your step!

3. Don't Have Your Heart Set on Delicious Coffee
Guatemala may be known for producing some of the best brews you'll ever taste. Sadly, most of the coffee is exported, which means you won't be sipping a cup of Guatemalan joe during your stay.

4. Don't Travel at Night
It's a necessary precaution when traveling, especially in Guatemala. When night falls, the chances of becoming a victim of a crime are far greater.

5. Don't Take Photos of the Locals Without Permission
There are unsubstantiated rumors in Mayan communities that foreigners have the intent to steal their children and sell them abroad. A Japanese tourist was tragically killed by an angry mob of 500 villagers after he took pictures of indigenous women and children in a market.

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Top 10 Fascinating Facts About The Mayans
The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Many misconceptions about the mayans exist, and this list should put an end to at least one or two of them. In addition, it will introduce you to facts that you never knew about this great ancient civilization.10
Continuing Culture
BychurchThe Fact: There are numerous Mayans still living in their home regionsIn fact, there are over seven million Mayans living in their home regions, many of whom have managed to maintain substantial remnants of their ancient cultural heritage. Some are quite integrated into the modern cultures of the nations in which they reside, while others continue a more traditional culturally distinct life, often speaking one of the Mayan languages as a primary language. The largest populations of contemporary Maya inhabit the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Chiapas, and in the Central American countries of Belize, Guatemala, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador. Just as a point of interest, it is very possible that the word “shark” comes to us from the Mayan languages, as does the word “cocoa”. To say “thank you” in Yucatec Maya, you say “Jach Dyos b’o’otik.”9
Mayan Childhood
4-CrosseyesThe Fact: The Mayans “enhanced” the beauty of their childrenThe Maya desired some unnatural physical characteristics for their children. For instance, at a very young age boards were pressed on babies’ foreheads to create a flattened surface. This process was widespread among the upper class. Another practice was to cross babies’ eyes. To do this, objects were dangled in front of a newborn’s eyes, until the newborn’s eyes were completely and permanently crossed. Another interesting fact about Mayan children is that most were named according to the day they were born. Every day of the year had a specific name for both boys and girls and parents were expected to follow that practice. 8
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53068499.Shaman03The Fact: The Mayans had many excellent medical practicesHealth and medicine among the ancient Maya was a complex blend of mind, body, religion, ritual, and science. Important to all, medicine was practiced only by a select few who were given an excellent education. These men, called shamans, act as a medium between the physical world and spirit world. They practice sorcery for the purpose of healing, foresight, and control over natural events. Since medicine was so closely related to religion and sorcery, it was essential that Maya shamans had vast medical knowledge and skill. It is known that the Maya sutured wounds with human hair, reduced fractures, and were even skilled dental surgeons, making prostheses from jade and turquoise and filling teeth with iron pyrite.7
Blood Sacrifice
AztecshumansacrificeThe Fact: Some Mayans still practice blood sacrificeIt is a rather well known fact that the Mayans practiced human sacrifice for religious and medical reasons – but what most people don’t know is that many Mayans still practice blood sacrifice. But don’t get too excited – chicken blood has now replaced human blood. Today the Maya keep many of the ritualistic traditions of their ancestors. Elements of prayer, offerings, blood sacrifice (replacing human blood with that of sacrificed chickens), burning of copal incense, dancing, feasting, and ritual drinking continue in traditional ceremonies.6
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Escuintla EnemaThe Fact: The Mayans used painkillers The Mayan peoples regularly used hallucinogenic drugs (taken from the natural world) in their religious rituals, but they also used them in day to day life as painkillers. Flora such as peyote, the morning glory, certain mushrooms, tobacco, and plants used to make alcoholic substances, were commonly used. In addition, as depicted in Maya pottery and carvings, ritual enemas were used for a more rapid absorption and effect of the substance. Above is a statue of a Mayan enjoying their enema.5
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Tikal BallcourtThe Fact: The Mayans built ball courts so they could play gamesThe Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population.

First Impressions of Antigua, Guatemala — Guatemala Travel Vlog #1

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Antigua is a beautiful colonial town that is easily accessible from Guatemala City. We flew from Mexico City to Guatemala City, and from there it is a 1 hour drive to downtown Antigua.

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Guatemala City
Guatemala City, is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala and Central America. It had a population of 1,075,000 as of 2009. It is also the capital city of the local Municipio de Guatemala, and Guatemala Department.
Guatemala officially the Republic of Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast. Its area is 108,890 km2 (42,043 mi2) with an estimated population of 13,276,517.A representative democracy, its capital is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City. Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot. The former Mayan civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization, which continued throughout the Post-Classic period until the arrival of the Spanish. They had lived in Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, the southern part of Mexico and eastern parts of El Salvador.Guatemala became independent from Spain in 1821. After independence it was ruled by a series of dictators, assisted by the United Fruit Company. From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala underwent a civil war fought between the government and leftist rebels. Following the war, Guatemala has witnessed both economic growth and successful democratic elections. In the most recent election, held in 2011, Otto Pérez Molina of the Patriotic Party won the presidency.
Guatemala lies between latitudes 13° and 18°N, and longitudes 88° and 93°W.
The country is mountainous with small desert and sand dune patches, hilly valleys, except for the south coastal area and the vast northern lowlands of Petén department. Two mountain chains enter Guatemala from west to east, dividing the country into three major regions: the highlands, where the mountains are located; the Pacific coast, south of the mountains; and the Petén region, north of the mountains. All major cities are located in the highlands and Pacific coast regions; by comparison, Petén is sparsely populated. These three regions vary in climate, elevation, and landscape, providing dramatic contrasts between hot, humid tropical lowlands and colder, drier highland peaks. Volcán Tajumulco, at 4,220 m, is the highest point in the Central American states.
The rivers are short and shallow in the Pacific drainage basin, larger and deeper in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico drainage basins, which include the Polochic and Dulce Rivers, which drain into Lake Izabal, the Motagua River, the Sarstún that forms the boundary with Belize, and the Usumacinta River, which forms the boundary between Petén and Chiapas, Mexico.
Guatemala has long claimed all or part of the territory of neighboring Belize, currently an independent Commonwealth Realm which recognises Queen Elizabeth II as its Head of State. Due to this territorial dispute, Guatemala recognized Belize's independence until 1990, but the dispute is not resolved. Negotiations are currently underway under the auspices of the Organization of American States and the Commonwealth of Nations to conclude it.

Another 5 Things NOT To Do in Guatemala

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Guatemala. A truly awe-inspiring place. But we're here to potentially save you from danger with another 5 things NOT To do in The Land of Eternal Spring.

1. Don't Flush Toilet Paper
The pipes are different in this country, so if there's a trash can in the restroom, it's there for a reason. Use the wastebasket so you don't clog up the narrow pipes and cause some major property damage.

2. Don't Assume Everyone Speaks Spanish
Yes, you're in Latin America, but that doesn't mean everyone understands and speaks Spanish. Some of the people speak indigenous languages, including K'iche' and Kekchi.

3. Don't Use Public ATMs
There are many scams where thieves attempt to steal credit card details from ATMs. Even though ATMs are readily accessible, most of them are too old to even read the chip in your new bank card.

4. Don't Swim in Any Bodies of Water
The country isn't equipped with warning signs and lifeguards. If you go swimming or boating, you'll be doing so at your own risk. The tides and currents are strong near the Pacific Ocean coastline, and the water in Lake Atitlán has dangerous undercurrents.

5. Don't Drive!
Traffic laws aren't enforced. Many drivers switch lanes without indication, the roads are crumbling due to poor upkeep, there are frequent landslides, steep winding roads on mountains, and many other hazardous risks to motorists.
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A Day as a Tourist in Guatemala City — Guatemala Travel Vlog #3

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AUTHENTIC Guatemalan STREET FOOD + Attractions | Guatemala City, Guatemala

On my fifth day in Guatemala in partnership with the Real Intercontinental Guatemala we explored Guatemala City and tried some of the most authentic Guatemalan street food!

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Today we head out on a Guatemala City tour where we visit all the top attractions and we eat really authentic Guatemalan street food that you can only dream of.

Our first stop is the Guatemalan Typography Map where you can see what the country looks like with mountains, volcanoes and low lands. Next we head to Zone 1 (the historical center) and visit the central park. There we tried some fresh goat milk, saw the national palace, metropolitan cathedral and then head over the central market.

The central market is the biggest artisan market in Guatemala. We did a little shopping and then went to the lower level and ate some authentic Guatemalan street food. Here is a list of everything I tried:
-Pork Rind Taco
-Blood Sausage Taco
-Alot de Etole
-Tosta de Tomate
-Carrot Juice
-Chille Relleno Taco

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AMAZING Guatemalan STREET FOOD + Antigua Walking Tour | Antigua, Guatemala

On my third day in Guatemala in partnership with the Real Intercontinental Guatemala we explored Antigua's main attractions and we ate some amazing Guatemalan street food!

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We started our exploration of Antigua by walking through the historical center of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua. We first saw La Carmen Convent ruins, then we went to La Perla to have a quick espresso and then we visited La Merced Church.

From there we made our way across the city and stopped at Santa Catalina Arch which is the icon of Antigua. It's a a 15 century arch built to help the nuns cross from the convent to a school. Next up we saw the Antigua Cathedral ruins. It was destroyed during an earthquake in the year 1773.

We then made a quick stop at La Casa del Ron and tried some amazing Zacapa rums. We tried Zacapa 23, Zacapa Negro and we tried a Colonial rum which is an artisan rum made by the Zacapa brand.

To end the night we headed to the public laundry square and there, there is a lady selling amazing Guatemalan street food. I tried four different things:
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-Alot del Elote
-Rellenitos de Platano
-Tostada de Ensalada de Pollo

Each thing was amazing and I highly recommend visiting that lady when you head to Antigua. She gets there around 5:30pm.

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Travel in Guatemala with Macca and Brianna as they took to the streets of Antigua, climbed to the top of Pacaya, take in the national park at Semuc Champey, and walk among the ancient ruins at Tikal.

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In this episode our delightful duo dance their way through the small streets of Antigua, climb to the top of a mighty volcano, splash around at Semuc Champey, and walk among the ancient ruins at Tikal.

All of this made Guatemala the team's favourite country they've travelled to so far.

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TOP 3 THINGS TO DO in FLORES, GUATEMALA | GUATEMALA TRAVEL

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Number 3 Thing To Do in Flores Guatemala: Walk, Eat Sunset. One of the best things to do in Flores Guatemala was to walk around the town, eat at many different places including my favourite home restaurant on the back side of the island of Flores and then watch the sunset.

Number 2 Thing To Do in Flores Guatemala: Get a boat, or do a boat tour, and enjoy Lake Peten. A huge lake, with Flores as just a little needle head. Much more of the lake to see than simply your view from the center of Flores, Guatemala.

Number 1 Thing To Do in Flores Guatemala: Tikal Ruins! Very famous ruins about 1 hour from Flores and a reason that a lot of people travel Guatemala.

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GOING TO GUATEMALA!

This is the first video of many of my time living in Guatemala for a couple months!

15 lugares que no conoces de la Antigua Guatemala

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10 Things Not To Do in Greece

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It’s no wonder why Greece is a dream vacation for any traveler. But before you live that dream, here are a few Things NOT To Do in Greece!

1. Don't Wear Killer Heels
The Greek government has actually banned high heels as they are slowly damaging ancient areas.

2. Don't Drop Your Drawers
We all love to moon our buddies on a trip, but it is actually a chargeable offense in Greece! You could even face jail time if caught being cheeky.

3. Don't Be HIV Positive!
In an effort to curb the alarming rate of HIV, Greek police can detain people they suspect of being HIV positive and force them to take a test. Landlords can also evict people if they're HIV positive.

4. Don't Forget Cash
Even in restaurants credit cards are seldom accepted, (even if they say they are!) So always have cash on you or ensure that an ATM is close-by.

5. Don't Flush Paper!
The toilet system in Greece is not as advanced as other European destinations. Here they throw used toilet paper in the bin. Yes, even the 'number two' kind!

6. Don't Wave!
Don't wave with an open palm because in Greece it's an insult rather than a greeting.

7. Don't Go Astray...
Don't forget your meds if you're allergic to cats or dogs, because the Greek streets are overrun by strays.

8. Don't Be So Uptight
Apart from on public transport or cities, it’s very unlikely you’ll experience theft in Greece. This crime is so rare because in Greek culture it’s seen as a gravely embarrassing act.

9. Don't Be Hasty!
If you’re accustomed to early lunches and dinners, relax! Lunch at three and dinner at nine is perfectly acceptable. Always expect bread as Greeks don’t consider it lunch without it.

10. Forget Early Nights
Forget about heading out at eight and partying till one in the morning, That's when they finish dinner here! They party from after midnight until the sun comes up.

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Guatemala Adventure Travel

Guatemala Adventure Travel: Everyone who arrives at Guatemala leaves better, more complete. With an adventure that wasn't expected. That is why in Guatemala we would like to show you something more than lakes and volcanoes, more than Mayan cities and more than towns full of color.

Guatemala is still a developing nation, a young democracy with a turbulent and bloody history that's beset by deep-rooted inequalities. And yet, despite alarming levels of poverty and unemployment, most Guatemalans are extraordinarily courteous and helpful to travellers, and only too eager to help you catch the right bus or practise your Spanish.

It's this genuine and profound hospitality combined with the country's outstanding cultural legacy and astonishing natural beauty that makes Guatemala such a compelling place for travellers.

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UNREAL Guatemalan FOOD TOUR of Antigua - Clay Pots, Chocolate & Fruit Wine | Antigua, Guatemala

On my third day in Guatemala in partnership with the Real Intercontinental Guatemala we headed out on an UNREAL food tour of Antigua!

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I started by having a delicious breakfast at the Real Intercontinental Guatemala and some fantastic coffee. From their we drove one hour south to Antigua. We partnered up with A La Carta Tours and Antigua Rides to give us this unreal food tour of Antigua.

We started by heading to the neighborhood of San Juan del Obispo. Their we saw a 15th century church and had some Chuchitos (Guatemalan version of Tamales). They were spicy and delicious!

Next up we entered Chocolateria Antigua to see how they turn Cacao into chocolate bars. We then tried 13 different chocolates. They were all so good! I had to buy myself some.

From their we walked down the street to El Abuelo del Vino which is a fruit fermenting factory. They ferment over 40 different fruits and turn them into fruit wine. We saw the process and tried a dozen very strong wines!

After that we drove across town to Cerro de la Cruz to get an incredible view over the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Antigua. To end the tour we hit up La Cuevita de los Urquizu to have a truly unique Guatemalan meal. When you visit Antigua you have to eat here!

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What to Do in Guatemala - Lake Atitlan and Antigua 2018 🇬🇹

Earlier in the year, Amy and I visited one of the most beautiful countries of the world, Guatemala. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the country before my research. However, I am so grateful that I was able to experience it first hand. On our trip, we went to two locations - Antigua and Lake Atitlan.

Antigua is an old colonial town that has a really unique blend of Central American and European culture. The city is paved with cobbled stone and is filled with bright colorful buildings. Antigua is very walking friendly is known for its restaurant and cafes. There are abundant hospitality options, but we really enjoyed staying at the AirBnB Calle “Casa Girasol” and eating at Los Tres Tiempos restaurant. The city is known for its pictureqsue landmarks- Santa Catalina Arch, Central Park Plaza, Central Market - and they are all really close to each other. If you want to see a gorgeous view of the city, the hike up to Hill of the Cross is absolutely worth it. You can definitely walk there from the city, but we recommend taking a tuk-tuk.

Lake Atitlan is a massive body of water with breathtaking views of multiple volcanoes. There are really diverse communities scattered around the Lake. Some of the villages range from a yoga center for hippies to a local fishing village known for ceramics. Its definitely worth to visit all (or most) of them. However, we de-prioritized going to the touristy towns like Panjachel. Public transportation is fairly easy to navigate. Every half hour, there will be public boats or lanchas that will take you around the lake. We stayed at one of the most beautiful AirBnbs, the Lakefront B&B owned by a woman named Dita. It was truly a magical experience. Everything from the modern room aesthetic, private access to the lake, and curated breakfast/dinner selection made the stay remarkable.

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