Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Guide to the Maya Ruins of Tikal, Copan & QuiriguaView on ApproachGuides.com* A comprehensive background and tour itinerary for the temples of Guatemala and Honduras.
- Amalia’s Guatemalan KitchenView on Amazon Easy-to-follow, authentic Guatemalan recipes. By Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.
- An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the MayaView on Amazon Dictionary of Mesoamerican mythology and religion. By Mary Ellen Miller and Karl Taube.
- Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El SalvadorView on Amazon Covering more than 850 species, this practical guide provides practical information and tips for identifying birds seen throughout your travels. By Ernest Preston Edwards.
- I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in GuatemalaView on Amazon A moving book about the lives of Guatemala's indigenous people during and after the Guatemalan Civil War. By Rigoberta Menchu.
- The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya CityView on Amazon Deep look at the history, art, and architecture of Tikal. By Peter D. Harrison
- The MayaView on Amazon An excellent book on ancient Maya civilization by one of the world's leading scholars. By Michael D. Coe.
- Volcanoes, Crucibles of ChangeView on Amazon There's no better time to get to know the workings of volcanoes. They define the physical landscape of this magical country. By Richard V Fisher.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “A Murder Foretold”View on NewYorker.com A corporate attorney's quest to bring justice at any cost. By David Grann.
- “Human Experiments: First, Do Harm”View on Nature.com In the 1940s, US doctors deliberately infected thousands of Guatemalans with venereal diseases. The wound is still raw. By Matthew Walter.
- “Olmec Bloodletting: An Iconographic Study”View on mesoweb.com An Olmec tradition passed along to the Maya. By Rosemary A. Joyce, Richard Edging, Karl Lorenz and Susan D Gillespie.
- “Popol Vuh”View on mesoweb.com The sacred book of the Quiché Maya, a corpus of mytho-historical narratives key to understanding the civilization. Translation and commentary by Allen J. Christenson.
- “Rock Art of Latin America and the Caribbean”View on icomos.org A high-level, yet comprehensive region-by-region review of the primary sites, their dating and their distinctive stylistic features.
- “Sacred Tree: Ceiba”View on flaar.org A comprehensive review of the massive tree sacred to the Maya.
- “The Maya Genocide Trial”View on NewYorker.com The unprecedented trial of the former head of state. By Peter Canby.
- “Trekking the Highlands”View on NYTimes.com Getting off the beaten path. By Mark Sundeen.
- “Witnessing the Border Crisis”View on NYTimes.com A on-location look at the situation. By Julia Preston.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Foods in the Maya WorldVisit nationalgeographic.com A quick run-down on typical foods.
- Guatemala’s VolcanoesVisit volcano.si.edu Developed and maintained by the Smithsonian Institute, it is the best source we've found for comprehensive information (appearance, type, photos, eruption history) on the country's spectacular volcanoes. Climb one if you can!
- MesowebVisit mesoweb.com Unrivaled source for scholarly articles on Mesoamerican cultures.
- Travelers’ Health | GuatemalaVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | GuatemalaVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Deportation Threat Doesn’t Diminish Young Migrants’ U.S. HopesView on npr.org The US is returning unaccompanied minors to the home countries. But life in Guatemala, where many of them are from, is so hard, they say they'll keep trying until they succeed.
- Maya Maize God StatueListen on soundcloud The Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, focuses on the world of the Mayan civilisation and a stone Maize God, discovered on the site of a major Mayan city in present-day Honduras (Copán). This large statue is wearing a headdress in the shape of a giant corn cob. Neil reveals why maize, which is notoriously difficult to refine for human consumption, became so important to the emerging agriculture of the region and the ongoing power of maize in Central America today.
Just for Kids
- Guatemala ABC’sView on Amazon An alphabetical exploration of the people, geography, animals, plants, history and culture of Guatemala. By Marcie Aboff and Zachary Trover.
- JungleView on Amazon Colorful, fact-filled book on rain forests and jungles around the world. By DK Eyewitness.
- My 1st Spanish Word Book / Mi Primer Libro De PalabrasView on Amazon A bilingual word book that presents pictures labeled in both Spanish and English. By Angela Wilkes.
- Volcanoes!View on Amazon National Geographic photos combined with vivid text helps children understand the science and impact of Volcanoes. By Anne Schreiber.
Who to Follow
- Facebook: Guate Es CulturaVisit GuateEsCultura Cultural events and activities in Guatemala City. (En español)
- Instagram: VisitGuatemalaFollow VisitGuatemala_ Guatemala tourism official Instagram. Use the hashtag #VisitGuatemala in your pictures and you might be featured in our profile.
- Twitter: Ricardo_ArjonaFollow @Ricardo_Arjona One of the most successful Latin American artists of all time. (En español)
- Twitter: The Economist AmericasFollow @EconAmericas Official account for The Economist on the Americas.