Background: The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the conflict, which had left more than 100,000 people dead and had created some 1 million refugees.
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- May 7th 2013 Steamy Flores & Ancient Tikal
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- March 10th 2013 Leaving Antigua and on to Tikal
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- February 26th 2013 Tikal
by Words: 1042 Photos: 9
- February 7th 2013 Mayan site of Tikal
by Words: 199 Photos: 15
- February 3rd 2013 Caves, waterfalls, river and canyons
by Words: 851 Photos: 17
- January 29th 2013 Flores and Tikal - The final days in Guatemala
by Words: 493 Photos: 9
- December 28th 2012 Caye Caulker at Christmas, Sharks and back into the Jungle
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- November 21st 2012 Eastward bound... the journey continues... today Flores (Flowers), tomorrow... THE BEACH!
by Words: 1433 Photos: 10
- November 20th 2012 Separately – Ann in sleep and Clay in the woods, but both in a dream world...
by Words: 1347 Photos: 29
- November 19th 2012 When RUINed things don't seem so RUINed.
by Words: 1169 Photos: 25
- November 18th 2012 This is the REAL Guatemala!
by Words: 1807 Photos: 11
- August 26th 2012 Guatemala
by Words: 629 Photos: 16
- July 29th 2012 Guatemala.......All time!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Words: 1265 Photos: 67
- July 18th 2012 Guatemala chilling
by Words: 2319 Photos: 8
- July 10th 2012 Rise and fall of the Mayans
by Words: 473 Photos: 11
- June 30th 2012 Tikal Mayan Ruins Guatemala
by Words: 744 Photos: 8
- June 23rd 2012 Day 6- Flores
by Words: 169 Photos: 6
- June 22nd 2012 Day 5- Tikal (Mayan Ruins)
by Words: 259 Photos: 6
- June 21st 2012 Day 4- Flores
by Words: 125 Photos: 5
- June 20th 2012 Day 3- Arriving in Flores
by Words: 155 Photos: 3