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Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya invites you to jump on one of the country’s brightly painted “chicken buses” and visit its bustling marketplaces, Mayan monuments, colonial town squares, and whitewashed churches, where baroque Catholic rituals meld with ancient Mayan beliefs to create a unique style of worship.

From the incense-shrouded devotional processions of Antigua to raucous festivals in remote highland villages, Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya takes you on a illuminating ride through the world of an exuberant people and their country.

With images by acclaimed Lonely Planet photographer Kraig Lieb and essays by award-winning author Michael Shapiro, this book celebrates the spirited Mayan people of Guatemala, their brilliantly colored textiles and their reverence for tradition… [continue reading]



Recent Reviews

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“This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro’s text and Kraig Lieb’s photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers.”
—Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer’s Guides
“Michael Shapiro’s lyrical text paints a vivid picture of Guatemala and when combined with Kraig Lieb’s evocative photography the result is a stunning portrait of this Central American country. This book makes me want to jump on the next plane to Antigua.”
—Robert Holmes, National Geographic photographer and two-time Travel Photographer of the Year
“The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book.
—Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks