Travel & Maps

Five Weeks of Lent

Lent The time of year known as Lent (or Cuaresma in Spanish) is a period of forty days starting on the Wednesday that follows Mardi Gras – Ash Wednesday. These forty days are regarded by many Christians as a period of preparation in which the life of Jesus is celebrated before the final week...

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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has 64...

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Discover the Pacific Coast of Guatemala

If you travel to the Pacific Coast of Guatemala the first thing you will notice is that its beaches of coffee-colored volcanic sand welcome you to an area of beautiful natural reserves and open-air activities. They also represent the perfect location for fishing sailfish – a sport in which Guatemala was recognised as Number...

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The Monument of San Agustín

In between 7a Avenida and 5a Calle Poniente in La Antigua you will find a monument that belonged to the convent of the patriarch and doctor San Agustín (and the mendicant order of the same name). It was the Prelate of this order – Don Francisco de Ibarra – who asked the Town Council to...

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Fresh air and Cloud Forests

The Mario Dary biotope, better known as “biotope of the Quetzal” is an ecological park which was created by Mario Dary Rivera’s initiative and was finally founded in 1976. It is located between the municipalities of Purulhá and Salamá, in the Quisis mountain and the Centro Carpintero in Baja Verapaz, at about 160kms from...

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Idiomas Mayas: Protegiendo la Herencia Indígena de Guatemala

Guatemala is a fascinating, vibrant country full of contrasts, and home to ladinos, foreign immigrants, and (at around 60% of the total population) a huge number of Mayan and non-Mayan indigenous people. It is a country steeped in traditions that are celebrated through music, food, clothes, art, religion, daily life….and through the rich cultural...

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It’s Canopy time!

In La Antigua, between San Felipe de Jesús and Jocotenango, inside Filadelfia Coffee Resort and Tours (commonly known as Finca Filadelfia), about 150 meters north of the San Felipe church, you will find Antigua Canopy Tours. The Qué Pasa?team paid them a visit and – besides from having fun and engaging in some teambuilding – we paid great attention and asked many questions so that you can learn more about zip-lining and...

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Lake Atitlán and its Towns

Relaxing on the shores of a beautiful lake and delving into the daily life of craftspeople – whilst you enjoy a contemporary bohemian atmosphere – is what you’ll inevitably do in Panajachel. In this bustling little lakeside town, you’ll find lots of places to buy beautiful handicrafts, plenty of restaurants and hotels for every...

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Tak’alik Ab’aj’

Tak’alik Ab’aj’ is located at about 40 km from the border between Guatemala and the Mexican state of Chiapas and at least at 40 km from the Pacific Ocean. It sits an altitude of approximately 600 meters above sea level in a subtropical moist forest. Its name means “standing stone” in the local K’iche’ Maya language, combining the...

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An Adventure High Up in San Cristóbal El Alto

According to history, San Cristóbal El Alto was founded in the year 1535. At that time it was called Las Milpas de Juan Pérez Dardón, named for a Spanish captain who came to the area with the Conquistador of Guatemala, Pedro de Alvarado. The captain was awarded the territory in the valley – today...

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