Lava light shows and Mayan festivals: a journey through Guatemala's Western Highlands

Framed by a necklace of puffing volcanoes and the glassy Lake Atitlán, Guatemala’s Western Highlands are the stronghold of modern Maya culture. Here, indigenous communities are steeped in faith, and traditional rites draw on the elemental beauty of the land. 

A culinary guide to Guatemala

Guatemalan cuisine is packed with memorable dishes, from on-the-go snacks to classics that draw on centuries of tradition. To help navigate the nation’s restaurants, cafes and food stalls, we’ve pulled together a list of the Central American nation’s gastronomic highlights

Here's what to do in Guatemala with a family

Festivals sizzling with street life, outdoorsy adventures, fascinating museums — Guatemala is a blast for families. Here’s a round-up of eight of its highlights

10 adventures to try in Guatemala

Guatemala deserves all the hype when it comes to the outdoors, from scrambling up smoking volcanoes to trundling through thick jungle and floating in idyllic wild lakes. Here we reveal nine adventurous escapes for an unforgettable trip to this Central American country

Guatemala: Top 9 cultural hotspots

Make tracks to Guatemala and you’re in for a real adventure: this tropical Central American country, wedged between Mexico and Honduras, is home to an array of Mayan historical sites and a delicious natural larder. Here we reveal nine cultural must-sees

Guatemala: The evil saint

Maximón is not your average Catholic Saint; one prays to him for material gain, and for revenge. He's known as a drinker, a smoker, womaniser, and trickster — and even in death, he's hoodwinking visitors

Guatemala: Stepping into the past

Following the ancient Mayans across Guatemala — from ruin-strewn rainforests to volatile volcanoes — reveals as much about modern society as it does a lost civilisation

Is this the site of a rare Maya burial site for royalty

Maya royal burial sites are extremely rare but watch as archaeologists painstakingly work this promising site to find clues as to whether this could be a royal tomb.

Reveals how LiDAR brings a hidden Maya site to life and discovers a new major discovery

Laser technology known as LiDAR digitally removes the forest canopy to reveal ancient ruins below, showing that Maya cities such as Tikal were much larger than ground-based research had suggested. It has meant that researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.