The Mayan People

Weaving beautiful fabrics to wear

Typical Foods

Guatemalans eat frijoles (black beans), maize (corn), chicken, eggs, white cheese, tamales, tostadas and hard, rolled tacos with meat. Guatemalans also make a unique array of soups.

Guatemala is a country in Central America.  The Mayan civilization flourished before the Spanish arrived. 

The Mayan ruins of Tikal are a UNESCO world heritage site.  Tikal is a huge Mayan city in the jungle

The ancient city site is one of the largest ancient Maya sites, and today is a 222 square mile protected national park that is sanctuary not only for archaeological monuments, but also for wildlife such as ocelots,coatis, peccaries, monkeys, toucans, parrots, and the even the jaguar.

Pedro de Alvarado
Spanish Conquistador

The Spanish, led by Alvarado, distroyed the Mayan way of life

Coatimundi at Tikal

Coatimundi are a relative of the North American racoon.

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