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Guatemala: Protests in Chichicastenango Prompt Travel Warning

Date: January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments

Ongoing protests in the mountain town of Chichicastenango, about 87 miles northwest of the capital, have prompted the U.S. Embassy to warn its citizens away from the area. Long popular with foreign tourists for its colorful markets and traditional indigenous culture, Chichicastenango has become a literal political hotbed since the mayor was recently accused of [read more]

Guatemala: Volcano Eruption Scares Locals, Draws Tourists

Date: September 20th, 2012 | No Comments

More than 33,000 terrified locals were evacuated amid falling ash and chaos Sept. 13, when the Fuego Volcano erupted just 31 miles from Guatemala City. As seismic activity tapered off, evacuees were allowed to return home and the rumbling volcano turned into a tourist attraction, with many visitors coming from nearby Antigua to snap photos [read more]

Guatemala: Road Closure May Make Lake Atitlan Hard to Reach until January

Date: November 10th, 2010 | 3 comments

The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City strongly recommends deferring travel to Lake Atitlan until January because the road from the Department of Solola to Panajachel on the lake will be closed until the end of the year while a new road is being built. The Embassy reported that alternate routes to Panajachel by road or [read more]

Guatemala: Extortion Gangs Continue Attacks on Bus Drivers

Date: July 21st, 2010 | No Comments

Gangs running extortion rackets against Guatemala City bus drivers continued their murderous enforcement with three recent attacks that killed four people. In one, two passengers died and 15 were injured when the assailants tossed a grenade inside the bus and it ignited a fire. The bus was on its regular route between Guatemala City and [read more]

Central America: Tropical Storm Agatha, Pacayo Volcano Wreak Havoc

Date: June 2nd, 2010 | No Comments

Tropical storm Agatha ravaged Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend, causing scores of mudslides and significant flooding, and killing at least 179 people. The eruption of Guatemala’s Pacayo volcano a few days before Agatha hit compounded the country’s problems, dumping tons of ash on Guatemala City and elsewhere that turned to thick mud [read more]

Guatemala: Doomsday Tourists Damage Ancient Mayan Temple

Date: December 26th, 2012 | No Comments

Tourists flocked to the ancient sites of the Maya to celebrate the Dec. 21 “end of the world,” as predicted by the Mayan calendar, bringing a much-needed economic boost to parts of Guatemala and Mexico. However, not all of the extra attention was helpful. When an estimated 7,000 apocalypse party-goers descended on Tikal, a UNESCO [read more]

Guatemala: State of Siege in Place in Alta Verapaz

Date: December 22nd, 2010 | No Comments

The government imposed a 30-day state of siege in the central province of Alta Verapaz to combat violence caused by a brutal Mexican drug gang that infiltrated the area a few years ago. The region, which is home to several popular national parks, has become a corridor for transporting drugs from Honduras to Mexico. The [read more]

Guatemala: Mudslides Close Roads Across Country

Date: September 8th, 2010 | No Comments

Mudslides triggered by heavy rains swamped roads around the country and killed dozens, including, rescuers trying to dig out victims buried in vehicles. Areas near Solola, Tecpan, Colomba and Antigua were seriously affected. The slides disrupted travel on the Inter-American Highway and more rain was [read more]

Guatemala: Pacaya Volcano Continues to Flow; Many Roads Affected by Tropical Storm Agatha

Date: June 9th, 2010 | No Comments

Authorities warned tourists to stay away from erupting Pacaya volcano and closed Pacaya National Park, but enterprising locals continued to take visitors near the lava flows via a private farm. Emergency officials said the volcano, which erupted dramatically May 27 and killed a reporter in a shower of volcanic rock, is still very dangerous. In [read more]

Guatemala: Bus Drivers Strike, Demand Better Security, Subsidies

Date: March 24th, 2010 | No Comments

A nationwide bus drivers’ strike shut down transit throughout the country and blocked highways into Guatemala City March 22. Security forces removed buses that were blocking the roads but more than 37,000 intercity drivers vowed to continue the strike until the government met their demands for more security and a share in subsidies granted to [read more]

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