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“The Force Awakens,” the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise, opens on December 18 — but you don’t have to wait until the movie’s premiere to experience the Force. Here are eight of our favorite filming locations from the new and previous movies that travelers can visit right... Read More

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terracotta pottery at Chichicastenango Market Guatemala

Guatemala is famous for the vividly colored handwoven textiles that locals expertly craft into everything from hammocks to purses. And there’s no better place to shop for these fashion finds than at Central America’s largest indigenous market in Chichicastenango, a highland community two hours north of Guatemala City. Rivaling the... Read More

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Being able to speak the language in a foreign country allows you to interact with locals and experience their culture on a deeper level. If you’re looking to beef up your espanol, try turning your next vacation into a learning experience by enrolling in a full-immersion program at one of these Spanish-speaking... Read More

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Tikal National Park, home to what was once the capital of a powerful Mayan kingdom, has been uninhabited by anyone but spider monkeys for more than a thousand years. If you’re looking to be transported — or hankering to get back to nature — this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides the... Read More

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Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1 to honor the deceased. The festivities run from October 31 through November 2 and are also observed outside of Mexico in other Latin American countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador — as... Read More

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We’re game to celebrate nearly every food- or drink-focused holiday (National Margarita Day, anyone?), so we’re excited that August is Rum Month. Rum is the elixir of both swash-buckling pirates and bleary-eyed Caribbean travelers alike. But some folks have rum misconceptions: They think only of umbrella-topped super-sweet frozen drinks or... Read More

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Cyber Monday is too long to have to wait for snagging great hotel deals, so we are pleased to see that a group of hotels have put together their own promotion and are calling it CyberSummer. On June 21, starting at midnight, 21 hotels and resorts in the United... Read More

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Most travelers in Guatemala head straight to Antigua for the Volcan Pacaya, the area’s most popular attraction. But there’s much more to explore in and around the city. From learning the art of chocolate making to immersing yourself in artisan culture to enjoying free live music shows, Antigua has... Read More

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Last month we gave you a pictorial run-down of 11 Otherworldly Snow and Ice Festivals Around the Globe. Now, in honor of the brave folks who are dealing with the snow and cold that’s cutting directly through the northeast, we bring you another slideshow that’s a little toastier: Fire... Read More

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The approach of Thanksgiving usually means readying yourself for the shopping frenzy that comes immediately after. Luckily, with these Cyber Monday hotel deals, you don’t have to brave the cold and the lines and can snap up a bargain, and mentally transport yourself to a sunny beachfront hotel (or... Read More

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Located in the lush Guatemalan highlands, and hemmed in on all sides by volcanoes and tall mountains, Lake Atitlan (Lago de Atitlán) is possibly Guatemala’s number one visitor attraction.The lake is endorheic, meaning it does not flow into the sea, and (with a maximum depth of 1,120 feet) is thought to be the... Read More

CyberSummer Hotel Deals

Just because you don’t yet have vacation plans as the first day of summer approaches doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. Get in on a hot hotel deal with CyberSummer, a one-day only sale that begins at midnight EDT on the summer solstice – this Friday, June 21! Travelers will be... Read More

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El Castillo Chichen Itza

Now that 12/12/12 has passed, global attention has shifted to the next big date on the calendar: December 21, 2012. The date – which marks the end of the Maya long-term calendar and, so say doomsday theorists, the end of the world – is expected to bring a surge of... Read More

El Castillo Chichen Itza

March 20, the spring equinox, marks the first major date of 2012 for the Maya Long Count calendar. The hype has already caused a bump in tourism at many already-popular sites throughout the Mundo Maya, but with a little advance planning, you can carve out some solitude (and preserve... Read More

La Antigua Guatemala learning vacation

If your hometown is suffused by a wintry chill, the idea of a family vacation to Antigua may pack appeal. But before your thoughts turn to beachside resorts, let’s clarify that I don’t mean the English-speaking Caribbean island of Antigua, but the relatively warm colonial town of La Antigua... Read More