Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya

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Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya invites you to jump on one of the country s brightly painted chicken buses and visit its bustling marketplaces, Mayan monuments, colonial town squares, and whitewashed churches, where baroque Catholic rituals meld with ancient Mayan beliefs to create a unique style of worship. From the incense-shrouded devotional processions of Antigua to raucous festivals in remote highland villages, Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya takes you on a illuminating ride through the world of an exuberant people and their country. With images by acclaimed Lonely Planet photographer Kraig Lieb and essays by award-winning author Michael Shapiro, this book celebrates the spirited Mayan people of Guatemala, their brilliantly colored textiles and their reverence for tradition. Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya brings to life the land of this Central American country with captivating photos of Lake Atitlán, riveting images of smoldering volcanoes, and soul-stirring pictures of the towering Tikal ruins in the Petén jungle where Mayan civilization reached its height more than a millennium ago. Lieb and Shapiro, who have returned time and again to Guatemala over the past two decades, display a deep respect for the Mayan people. Their appreciation of Guatemala and its resilient inhabitants enlivens every chapter. Guatemala: A Journey Through the Land of the Maya evokes the country so compellingly that it will carry you back to this remarkable place for many years to come.

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Kraig Lieb worked as a photographer for Lonely Planet Publications for 14 years (1998 - 2012). during this time, his photos appeared in over 80 Lonely Planet books, including 4 covers, Central America on a Shoestring, Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and Bangkok. Lieb first travelled to Guatemala in 1990 and was captivated by its vibrant people, Mayan culture, monumental history, and architecture from the pyramids of Tikal to the colonial treasures of the highlands. His Guatemala photos have appeared in numerous Lonely Planet books, including the cover of Lonely Planet's Central America on a Shoestring. His photographs have been published by National Geographic, the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, TIME Magazine, The BBC, USA Today, Amnesty International, UNESCO, NBC, Condé Nast Traveler, Oxford University, Cambridge University, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Brisbane Times, Art.com, and Yahoo, and used in advertising by Marriott, Hilton, Kodak, Forbes, Dior, Microsoft and Vietnam Airlines. Since graduating from Penn State University in 1984, Lieb has worked, lived and travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, North America, and Central America. For 4 years in the mid-1990s, Lieb was based in Vietnam, working with Image Design / Visionary Vietnam, a leading postcard and book publishing company. From 2002 - 2006 he was based in Antigua, Guatemala. Lieb's work can be found on art prints, postcards, greeting cards, calendars, magazines and books throughout Asia, North America, Central America and Europe. Lieb runs Purple Moon Publications which publishes postcards, books, calendars and art prints in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Northern California.

Michael Shapiro, a writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, first visited Guatemala in 1989. During six journeys to Guatemala over the past two decades, Shapiro has developed a deep affection for the land and its effervescent Mayan people. Shapiro's 2004 book, A Sense of Place: Great Travel Writers Talk About Their Craft, lives, and Inspiration includes interviews with Bill Bryson, Frances Mayes, Paul Theroux, and Pico lyer. His essay,,The Longest Day, was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2005. Shapiro has bicycled through Cuba for the Washington Post, celebrated Holy Week in Guatemala for the Dallas Morning News, and floated down the Mekong River on a Laotian cargo barge for an online travel magazine. His stories and photographs also appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. In 2006, Shapiro won the Bedford Pace award for his National Geographic Traveler cover story on author Jan Morris's corner of Wales. The Society of American Travel Writers recognized Shapiro with a 1998 Lowell Thomas award. Shapiro has appeared on U.S. national television networks including CNN and PBS.

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Michael Shapiro's lyrical text paints a vivid picture of Guatemala and when combined with Kraig Lieb's evocative photography the result is a stunning portrait of this Central American country. This book makes me want to jump on the next plane to Antigua. --Robert Holmes, National Geographic Photographer and three-time Travel Photographer of the Year.
This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---
The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks - --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides

The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks - --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

This hauntingly beautiful book has brilliantly captured the current-day life and culture of the Maya in Guatemala. Michael Shapiro's text and Kraig Lieb's photos will cement their reputations as among our leading travel writers and photographers. --Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides ---Arthur Frommer, founder, Frommer's Guides

The Maya of Guatemala have preserved the colorful tapestry of their culture against all odds, and their wondrous country is fittingly celebrated with the publication of this beautiful book. --Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks ---Bill Newlin, publisher, Moon Handbooks

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