This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Guatemala guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.
Pin this image Ronald Wright’s Time among the Maya is a story of travels through the whole Maya region – Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras – delving into the glorious past and exploited present of the Maya and their obsession with time. Wright visits many of the places you’ll visit, and his book is a fascinating read, despite being written during the troubled 1980s as the civil war raged in the background.
Pin this image Guatemalan Journey, by Stephen Connely Benz, casts an honest and funny modern traveler’s eye on the country, as does Anthony Daniels’ Sweet Waist of America, also published as South of the Border: Guatemalan Days, where the medic author pinpoints some of the country’s contradictions.
Pin this image Probably the most quoted travelogue on Guatemala is Aldous Huxley’s Beyond the Mexique Bay. Written in the 1930s, many of Huxley’s descriptions hold true today, particularly of Maya sites and natural wonders, such as Lago de Atitlán.
Pin this image The 19th-century classic Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, by John L Stephens (illustrated by Frederick Catherwood), was the first serious look at many Maya archaeological sites. It’s a laborious but interesting read.
More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.