Guatemala Travel Resources

Guidebooks and other references:

Guidebooks for Guatemala are published by the usual companies, including Lonely Planet, Frommer's, and Moon Handbooks, which put out updates in 2007. Based on earlier editions, these will be reliable and well-researched. A 2008 Fodor's Guatemala guide will be updated annually. The Rough Guide edition is reasonably current. Check the copyright date on others. Insight Guides, Footprint, and others combine Guatemala and neighboring countries in a single guidebook. The Rough Guide to the Maya World covers the whole Maya region.

There are also many specialist guides for Guatemala, including beautiful coffee-table books such as the magnificent ¡Viva Colores! by Paola Gianturco and David Hill, along with Guatemala Revealed by Cristobal von Rothkirch and Harris Whitbeck. Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras covers just what the title states.

Numerous historic titles report the tragic civil war. A good guidebook will provide a list for browsing.

Web sites:

The Spanish version of Guatemala's official tourism site ( is far more extensive than its English counterpart..

EnjoyGuatemala (, run by a tour company, has first-rate write-ups on key tourist areas and lots of useful links and resources. A well-connected hotel owner has put together a useful site at Guatemalaweb (

La Ruta Maya Online ( offers photos, articles, and probably the best set of information links of any site here, including links to local newspapers, embassy offices, and dozens of language schools. ( is a fine guide to the Lake Atitlán region, with a comprehensive listing of hotels in all budget ranges and some useful travel articles.

The Tikal National Park Web site ( is loaded with information about Tikal-area transportation, flights, hotels, and the park site itself. Also see Maya Traveler (

Mesoweb ( is a thorough resource on the Maya world, including sites in Guatemala.

Take a look at Revue ( , which makes its content available in English in PDF form so you can peruse a copy before you arrive. Very good for scoping out hotel ideas.

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