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Travel Pictures - GUATEMALA - 1994

All images Ron Miller

     I traveled along Guatemala's mountain chain stopping first in the Mam-speaking, Mayan village of Todos Santos. While wandering across the central highlands, I slowed down at the lovely Lake Atitlan - a popular gringo hangout. From Lake Atitlan I headed toward Honduras and added another stop in the former capital city
of Antigua before a final break in Guatemala's current (and polluted) capital of Guatemala City.

Foggy vista of the isolated mountain town of Todos Santos from my hotel balcony -
Todos Santos, Guatemala

Most of the men in this mountain hideaway wear the exact same outfit - a stylish and dashing uniform of conformity.
I never visited a community with a stronger sense of group identity -
Todos Santos, Guatemala

This photo accurately captures the scene that led to one of the most horrific incidents to ever arise from nothing more than a cultural misunderstanding. A Japanese tourist, visiting the town with 35 others for the colorful and bustling Saturday market, sympathetically
reached out toward a crying infant strapped to the back of a young Indian woman. The Mam mother, seeing the stranger reaching
toward her child, cried out "They want to steal my child!" The misunderstanding led to an impassioned mob that brutally
attacked and killed a Japanese tourist and the group's Guatemalan guide -
Todos Santos, Guatemala

In rural Guatemala, the roads are still constructed by hand -
Todos Santos, Guatemala
This beautiful mountain lake, surrounded by towering volcanoes, is 5,128 feet above sea level and more than a thousand feet deep -
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Looking across the lake to the village of San Pedro and the volcano of the same name -
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Close-up view of a wooden boat and a traditional dugout canoe-
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Fellow traveler Nolan and our exceptional guide Augustine high above Lake Atitlan -
Volcano San Pedro, Guatemala
This canine hiking companion, immediately upon the unwrapping of my sandwich, began hinting about the merits of sharing -
atop summit of volcano San Pedro, Guatemala
Travelers from several continents are hangin' on a rooftop patio and enjoying the views of the towering volcanic peaks -
Antigua, Guatemala
These young Indian "business" girls spend their day selling products to tourists and locals in the town square. Although
they are missing out on many aspects of a balanced education, their real-world experiences have enabled them to
become proficient in several languages as well as gain a personal understanding of the free market! -
Antigua, Guatemala
Precious!
Antigua, Guatemala

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