Cover for Guatemala (Other Places Travel Guide)

Book Info:
Paperback: 398 pages
Published: April 2015
ISBN: 978-1935850175
Dimensions: 8 x 5.25
Available in print (ebook available in June 2015)


About the Travel Guide

Guatemala is more than the jungle-piercing Mayan ruins of Petén, the volcano-ringed waters of Lake Atitlán, and the vibrant colonial architecture of Antigua. Guatemala is its humble, honest, and hard-working people, the pit-pat and sizzle of tortillas cooking over an open flame, and a resilient indigenous culture that dots the highlands with color and life. Guatemala has been on the tourist radar for quite some time, yet the “Land of Eternal Spring” still leaves its new visitors awestruck by its azure rivers, bustling marketplaces, and black sand beaches.
  • Explore Antigua, one of Latin America's most lively and well-preserved colonial cities.
  • Experience Mayan culture at an indigenous ceremony or market day in the Highlands.
  • Transport yourself back in time through a visit to the grand Mayan temples of Tikal, El Mirador, or any of Guatemala’s famous historical sites.
  • Dive into the waters of Lake Atitlán, bask in the crystalline pools of Semuc Champey, or lounge on the rolling beaches of the Pacific Coast.
  • Mingle with locals at one of Guatemala's numerous radiant, colorful festivals.
  • Share a traditional meal with welcoming locals to appreciate genuine chapín hospitality.

Your Guide to Guatemala: Eric Larson

Eric Larson got his first taste of Central America during a semester-long study abroad program in San Joaquín de Flores, Costa Rica. After returning to the States, he spent the majority of his senior year searching for a way to head back. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Eric returned to the region as a Peace Corps Volunteer. For 27 months starting in 2011, he worked as a Food Security Facilitator in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. After four months in Comitancillo, San Marcos supporting the Mayan-Mam Association for Investigation and Development, he spent the remainder of his service coordinating with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Canillá, Quiché. Following the close of his service in September of 2013, Eric backpacked through Central and South America before returning to Guatemala to complete this book and accept a position with Peace Corps Response. He served 6 months as a Food Production Educator with the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food in Chajul, Quiché. He is currently living in Tucson, working with the International Rescue Committee, and studying towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Arizona.