These photographs might give the impression of a rural, depopulated Guatemala. I didn't take too many pictures inside cities or of people: I thought it was rude. Of course the native dress is spectacular and there's nothing on this earth more endearing than an 8-year-old Guatemalan girl in woven costume, but I really hate the tendency of guidebooks to list "the people" as a tourist attraction. They're just trying to sell chickens or whatever, like they do every day. In particular the Maya religious ceremonies are ixnay on the ixpay.

Guatemala City from Don Hernán's apartment. [1] [2]
The luxurious accommodation. [1]
Campaign poster for Rodrigo Asturias, former leader of the URNG guerrilla organization, now leader of the legitimate URNG political party, and son of Nobel prize-winning novelist Miguel Angel Asturias. The corn logo recalls M. Asturias's master novel Hombres de Maíz, which in turn recalls the Popol Vuh myth in which humanity was created from corn. [1]
The ugly greenish Palacio Nacional constructed by President Jorge Ubico, dictator from 1931 to 1944 who believed himself to be a reincarnation of Napoleon. The protest sign in the plaza reads "Pepsi-Cola left our children without nourishment or education through massive and unjust layoffs." [1]
Courtyard in the cheap, civilized vegetarian restaurant. [1]
A park in the capital, "clean and green." [1]

Typical skyline in Antigua: forested volcanic ridges, clouds. [1]
The Arch of Santa Catalina, built in 1697 as part of a convent spanning the 5a Avenida, so that nuns could cross without being polluted by the outside world. [1]
The Church of San José, destroyed by earthquake in 1773. Pedro de Alvarado, who conquered Guatemala by fire and sword, and his wife are buried beneath. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
Views of Agua volcano to the south of the city. [1] [2]
Beautifully restored church of La Merced. [1] [2]
¡Bota la basura in su lugar! (Throw trash in its place; demand to throw out the corrupt; don't vote for them.) You can't flush paper in Guatemalan toilets, so they come with a little basket alongside where you dispose of soiled tissue. [1]

Pine forests on the hills outside Chichicastenango, on the way to the Pascual Abaj idol: [1] [2] [3]
Chichicastenango from the hill: [1] [2]
The milpa (maize field) below the hills. The kid is Chico, who insisted on guiding me to Pascual Abaj for a quetzal, and subsequently followed me around until I gave him a couple more. [1] [2]
Chico at the house/museum where they keep the masks for the Pascual Abaj ceremonies. [1]

An Italian fellow who was part of our group climbing Pacaya. He fed some local equivalent of the Funyun to the strays, and they subsequently followed us all the way up the volcano. It would have made a great commerical. [1]
The verdant lower slopes of Pacaya and the distant cinder cone. [1] [2] [3]
Base of the cone. [1]
Vent from which sulfurous steam issues. [1]
The edge of the crater. The mist is half clouds and half steam from the caldera. The yellow-green is apparently some kind of lichen that lives off the inner slope and can metabolize the unearthly vapors spewed by the volcano. [1] [2]
Our guide Virgilio (life imitates art!) who was 75 years old and in better mountain-climbing shape than any of us. [1]

Road to Cerro Cayup, a ruined Achí Maya fortified city outside the town of Rabinal. [1]
What's left on the hilltop of Cerro Cayup. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Our hero after the ascent. [1]
A couple of cows I met in the ruins. Some enterprising local figured out that since the site was still surrounded by a rudimentary wall, all he had to do was built a crude gate from sticks and barbed wire. [1] [2]

One of several monuments in the Rabinal cemetary dedicated to the victims of the Río Negro massacre. The eyes were apparently scratched out by someone who didn't agree with the sentiment. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Comedor (basic beans-and-tortillas restaurant) in the small town of Tactic. This one was taken by Cristobal, who was pretty enamored of the digital camera. [1]

View from the highway of the Quixal power station. The guards wouldn't let me get any closer. [1]
Sign advertising Quixal in the neighboring town of San Cristobal. The photos appear to be of the back side, where the actual turbines are. [1] [2]
The cloudforest country around Quixal, crossed by power lines. [1] [2] [3]

Sign in Santa Cruz Verapaz for the Pueblo Viejo Dam on the Chixoy river. [1]
Road from Santa Cruz to Pueblo Viejo. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
North face of the dam with spillway, documented in much more detail than you probably care about. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]
South face of the dam over the reservoir, ditto. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Zopilote vultures hanging out on the shore: [1]
Buildings on the reservoir, apparently left over from the electricity company. [1] [2]
Old site of the workers' camp. [1]
Mario and Cristobal, guides along for the trip, and also to deliver a fifty-pound bag of sugar to Río Negro. [1] [2] [3] [4]
Derelict boat, which we did not use. [1]
Trip across the reservoir by lancha (small boat). Note the several feet of bare earth lining the shore; the water level was recently lowered. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
The new village of Río Negro attempting to establish itself. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
The small milpa cultivated across the reservoir. [1]
Solar panels providing some electricity. [1]

Lake Atitlán on a cloudy day. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Fuego volcano at dawn from the Guatemala City airport. [1]

Tikal temple with sacrifical altars (the circular stones, on which victims were trussed up like chickens before having their throats slit). [1] [2] [3]
Tree growing out of broken stelae. [1]
Forested mound that is an unrestored temple. Originally all of Tikal was like this, and due to lack of funding it remains about 90% unexcavated. [1]
Very partially restored temple. [1]
Hallucinatory vegetation. [1] [2] [3] [4]
Some views of the rather more hallucinatory Great Plaza, bounded by Temples I and II, the North Acropolis, and the Central Acropolis. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
Rainforest canopy as seen from the top of Temple IV. I think this is the shot they used in Star Wars. [1]
Wildlife photography always turns out underwhelming, because the animals end up being really small, but here is a large, weird beetle. [1]
Spider monkeys in the trees! If you get too close they throw these hard fruits at you, and if you get closer they urinate. [1] [2] [3]
Some evening views of Temple I. [1] [2] [3]
Advent of the moon. [1]