Culture of Guatemala
There is a proud and very vibrant artistic scene across Guatemala. Much of the art in Guatemala has a strong colonial element to it and often represents those periods of history. The epicenter of this art scene of course, is Guatemala City – from its world class National School of Plastic Arts to the Mayan influenced street art everywhere. There are wonderful craft shops that sell hand cut carvings of Mayan gods, festive masks and characters from Guatemalan folklore. After all who wouldn’t want a handmade cadejo to take home?
Guatemala may have a biodiversity unlike anywhere else, but there is also a distinct culture and history hidden in its far flung cities such as Flores. Commonly known as the gateway to the UNESCO protected Tikal National Park and Tikal, this island city is a beautiful place full of cobblestone streets and multi-colored houses. It’s perfect for some relaxation and reflection.
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Religion in Guatemala
Religion comes in many forms in Guatemala. For those traditionalists out there, Christianity has prevailed since its introduction by the Spanish and has been interspersed with classic Mayan elements. From the Catedral Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios y San Pablo Itzá in Flores to the stunning Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception in Escuintla, the cathedrals of Guatemala are remarkable monuments that stand the testament of time traversing the length and breadth of the country.
Sports in Guatemala
If football were an actual religion in Guatemala, it would be the most popular. And the mecca of football stadiums here, The Estadio Nacional Doroteo Guamuch Flores, with a capacity of 26,000, sits proudly in Guatemala City. As a side note for the culture vulture, it’s a little-known fact that Guatemala is also the most successful national team when it comes to futsal; a variant on football played indoors on a hard court with five people to a team.
Music in Guatemala
Every country needs a soundtrack to their history and Guatemala is no different. Throw yourself into Guatemala’s vibrant music scene. Guatemalans’ style of indigenous music blends together afro-Caribbean influence, Colombian and Mayan elements and can be traced back centuries. Guatemalans even adopted the West African instrument the marimba as their own. After exposure to European sounds in the 16th-Century, Guatemalan music has been evolving in new ways ever since.
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