Seeing the Mayan pyramids had always been a youth fantasy of mine. I´ve red all those books about the European and American explorers and the mysterious cities buried in the Central American jungle. Surely that when I was 14, I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams that one day I would visit those places.

Buried deep in the Guatemalan forest of Péten, and made accessible only by a road specially built for it, Tikal is the biggest of all the ancient maya cities. The first thing one might ask on arrival is: What the hell are these massive pyramids of limestone doing here? The atmosphere is mysterious enough even without trying to answer that question…

All in all, It was an exhausting trip into the Mayan territory, extending for more than 4500Km trough southeast Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.  The lost Mayan cities were the main reason for this trip but the Yucatan region has much much more to offer.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography


Around Lake Atitlán and Chichicastenango

Lake Atitlan sits at 1500 meters high from sea level and is surrounded by three volcanoes, two of them with around 2ooo meters high. It took all words out of my mouth when I first saw it.

The colorful village of Panajachel is a great place to stay. For coffee aficionados (like me) San Pedro Atitlan, on the other side of the lake, is worth a visit. Coffee beans are roasted on site!

Chichicastenango must be the most visited mountain village of Guatemala, much on account of it’s open air market.

Ancient Maya rituals stay strong amongst the locals.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography

Antígua de Guatemala

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography