Guatamala is a representative democracy, its capital is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City. 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.
2 June 2012
The 1.8m maximum depth water over the sand bar at the mouth of the Rio Dulce makes the approach tricky. We had little difficulty with our 1.2m draft. The boat behind us wasn't so lucky and had to be dragged off by a local boat who 'happended' to waiting for the opportunity.
5 February 2011
The Rio Dulce estury very quickly narrows and the banks turn into 500' cliffs covered in tropical vegitation. After several miles there are small palipa villages hugging the sides. Every few minutes a small taxi boat passes heading between Livingstone, El Golfete and Fronterras 20miles upstream. Livingstone can only be accessed by boat.
4 February 2011
Left to right: Tio, Sigi, Matilda, Eveline, Rosemary & Hary
22 February 2011
The American influence. You are more likely to get killed with a gun than any other country in the world.
We stayed here a couple of days after our luanguage lessons in Antigu. The water level in this lake has risen 5m and nobody knows why.
Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD. During this time, the city dominated much of the Maya region politically, economically, and militarily, while interacting with areas throughout Mesoamerica such as the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the distant Valley of Mexico. There is evidence that Tikal was conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. Following the end of the Late Classic Period, no new major monuments were built at Tikal and there is evidence that elite palaces were burned. These events were coupled with a gradual population decline, culminating with the site’s abandonment by the end of the 10th century.
Many of the local population decend from the Mayans and still live a primative life. They live in small villages along the river which are only accessable by boat and their palipas are built on stilts clear of the water.