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How You Can Help Build Bottle Schools for Kids in Guatemala

Where: Guatemala
December 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hug It Forward is building much-needed schools in Central America, one bottle at a time.

The non-profit uses everyday plastic bottles filled with non-perishable waste, along with some chicken-wire and cement, to build schools in Guatemala and El Salvador.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Napping at a Coffee Shop in Guatemala

October 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Antigua, Guatemala.

This playful street cat was photographed by Liz (@go_phetch on Twitter), who says of this lazy pile of fur:

Spotted this decaf #TravelCat at Fernando's Kaffee, Antigua Guatemala. Staying mellow while place is abuzz.

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How to Volunteer With the Peace Corps, Without the Yearlong Commitment

May 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

The National Peace Corps Association is now offering all-inclusive, 10 and 14-day travel programs to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala for those who want to help out, but can't take a year off to do so.

MPCA's Next Step Travel program features small group travel, hands-on service projects, and educational programs. Projects include connecting with returned Peace Corps volunteers to learn about their work firsthand, spending time volunteering in a Haitian batey (a sugar worker town) to improve the health of the community, and implementing ecologically sustainable projects in rural areas.

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Idiot Doomsday Tourists Do 'Irreparable' Damage to Ancient Mayan Pyramid

December 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The largest ancient pre-Columbian Mayan archeological site in the world, Guatemala's UNESCO World Heritage site at Tikal, sustained "irreparable" damage from tourists throwing doomsday tourism parties last week. Some of the 7,000 revelers—hopped up on a combination of liquor and self-entitlement—scaled the steps of the site's ancient Temple of the Mask pyramid.

Tourists are explicitly forbidden from scaling the steps of Tikal's Temple II, as the pyramid is technically known, due to fears that they'll damage the structure. The rest of the story proceeds predictably.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: On a Dive Boat in Guatemala

Where: Guatemala
December 19, 2012 at 1:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: on a street and a dive boat in Guatemala.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Instagrammer @scooterkat, who noticed not one, but two, Travel Cats chillin' in Guatemala. One was just hanging out on a colorful street while the other was getting some sun and fresh air onboard a dive boat. If you ask us, a kitty should come standard with any dive excursion, if only to stick around for possible minnow nibbles.

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Mayan Calendar Tours and Events Popping Up Just About Everywhere

April 19, 2012 at 9:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

End of the world predictions based on the Mayan calendar are, in a word, dumb (in two words: really dumb; in three words: really, really dumb; and so on). But because humanity is a magical pixie-dusted tapestry of diversity, the impending expiration of the Mayan calendar has become big business. And because humanity also likes to travel, what the NY Post once called the "Apocalypse Cash Cow"—books, DVDs, merchandise, smartphone apps, etc—has now reached the tourism industry.

Fox News Latina has a brief rundown of some of the Maya-themed tours, services, and events that have sprung up across Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Most of the programs thankfully don't have anything to do with the calendar itself. Tour guides, hoteliers, and entire countries are simply taking advantage of the heightened interest that tourists have taken in all things Mayan.

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But Will The World Really End in 2012?

December 11, 2009 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the Mayan calendar is correct, the world is going to end in 2012. That's why tourists have been heading to Tikal, Guatemala, ground zero of the conspiracy set. All this week, Jonathan Franklin and Morten Andersen, the guys behind Addict Village will be looking into the madness behind the newest tourism trend, Doomsday Tourism.

Damage. Destruction. Disaster. The Mayan prophecy of the world order being shattered was too dramatic for Hollywood to ignore --- hence the current media blitz over the movie 2012 and the ensuing slogan/website/marketing campaign “You Were Warned.”

If anyone can claim that Hollywood slandered, exaggerated and bastardized their history it’s the Mayans. 2012 runs like a sequel to "Independence Day" or "The Day After Tomorrow," not surprising as Roland Emmerich directed all three.

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Where You Might Want To Stay When Doomsday Arrives

December 10, 2009 at 5:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the Mayan calendar is correct, the world is going to end in 2012. That's why tourists have been heading to Tikal, Guatemala, ground zero of the conspiracy set. All this week, Jonathan Franklin and Morten Andersen, the guys behind Addict Village will be looking into the madness behind the newest tourism trend, Doomsday Tourism.

The area’s top rated hotel is El Camino Real Tikal which is often rated a 5-star but that’s simply not true. This is a solid 4-star hotel with a great lakeside location, with a stylish pool that hangs on a balcony surrounded by the jungle that looks eager to swallow the hotel at every minute.

The paint may be peeling on your window ledge, but there are toucans which arrive every morning to peck at the window. El Camino Real is far from the town of Flores, no stores to visit, few trinkets to buy. Instead, you are in the middle of the jungle, with a beautiful lake for swimming, sailing, or fishing.

Inside the Park, the Jungle Lodge is overpriced but boasts an undisputedly convenient location.

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Mayan Relics and Monuments You Should See Before The World Ends

December 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the Mayan calendar is correct, the world is going to end in 2012. That's why tourists have been heading to Tikal, Guatemala, ground zero of the conspiracy set. All this week, Jonathan Franklin and Morten Andersen, the guys behind Addict Village will be looking into the madness behind the newest tourism trend, Doomsday Tourism.

Mayan Cities – of which Tikal is among the largest – are a wonder of engineering, craftsmanship and perfection. Temples, palaces and plazas emerge from the jungle like a futuristic space ship about to take lift. In fact, scenes from the original Star Wars movies were based on the ruins of Tikal.

Even today, much of Tikal is shrouded in mystery as large swaths of the estimated 23 square miles which made up the “residential” section of Tikal has yet to be excavated or even fully mapped.

At the center of Tikal – and practically all visits to the area -- is the Great Plaza, a complex of stone buildings, including steep pyramids that rise straight up, hundreds of feet from the thick jungle. These temples were used for human sacrifice – as the victim was forcibly held down, a priest cut open and removed the live, beating heart. Sportsman playing on nearby ball court was also sacrificed, giving a gladiator like quality to the spectacle.

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How Tikal Hotels Are Preparing for the End of the World

December 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the Mayan calendar is correct, the world is going to end in 2012. That's why tourists have been heading to Tikal, Guatemala, ground zero of the conspiracy set. All this week, Jonathan Franklin and Morten Andersen, the guys behind Addict Village will be looking into the madness behind the newest tourism trend, Doomsday Tourism.

Thanks to the buzz from the Mayan calendar prophecies, local tour operators and hotels are upgrading their services. El Camino Real, a luxury hotel near the Tikal ruins, is now pushing Mayan cultural tours to the forefront and beginning to offer cultural nights with Mayan elders telling stories of the doomsday prophecy.

Mayan recipes are being resurrected and brought back onto the restaurant menu.

“I come from the restaurant side,” said Xavier Cid, the new hotel manager. “So I am completely redoing the menu, going out to the community meeting the older women and asking them what ingredients they use, what traditional dishes we can include in our menus.”

Cid, who worked in Guatemala City previously, says he will never go back to city living. “Where else can I be woken up by the ‘toc...toc..toc’ of a toucan pecking at my window.”

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It's The End of the World as We Know It So Get Out Your Camera

Where: Guatemala
December 7, 2009 at 3:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the Mayan calendar is correct, the world is going to end in 2012. That's why tourists have been heading to Tikal, Guatemala, ground zero of the conspiracy set. All this week, Jonathan Franklin and Morten Andersen, the guys behind Addict Village will be looking into the madness behind the newest tourism trend, Doomsday Tourism.

Conspiracy theorists and the History Channel have spent the past five years convincing millions that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world. Hollywood just jumped in with the mega-meltdown film, 2012". All of this buzz focuses on a specific date, Dec 21, 2012. This is the mother of all conspiracy theories as the famously accurate Mayan calendar, originating from before Christ, predicts that we are all going to be wiped out in a cataclysmic finale or (in a more optimistic reading) the world as we know it will no longer exist.

Like Nostradamus’ predictions; the Mayan Prophecies have flourished in the internet age. With sophisticated websites explaining the Mayan concepts of time to simplistic websites which do little more than countdown the days hours and minutes till The End.

Different theories abound on what might happen on that fateful December 12, 2012. Will the earth stop spinning? Reverse direction? Get sucked into another galaxy? Or annihilated in nuclear conflagration? With barely two years to go until the final countdown – ignore the mass hysteria and go and check it out for yourself.

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Carnival Cruises Drops Antigua Thanks To Drunken Brawlers

October 7, 2009 at 11:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you anxious for winter to hit so that you can embark on a Carnival Cruise to Antigua, get drunk, and get your brawl on? Too bad, since six Brooklynites already went and spoiled your fun by doing exactly that and getting arrested. Not only were they arrested for getting into a fight with a cabbie and then assaulting the plain-clothes cops who tried to break it up, but their legal issues have turned Carnival off of the island for the time being.

Carnival's ships that sail the Caribbean—the group in question was onboard the Carnival Victory—will no longer stop at Antigua for the reason that they have "a desire to incorporate a new port of call." Right, we're sure that's the only reason, and that the detainment and guilty pleas of their brawling passengers had nothing to do with it. Carnival can try to keep up appearances, but the fact is that they are embarrassed; no cruise line wants to be pegged as the one that sails with shiploads of rowdy Brooklynites looking for a fight. Possible punishments for those under arrest include 2 years in jail or a $4,000 fine each.

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