"... guatemala is amazing. it's vibrant and gorgeous in a way so different from costa rica. we're staying in this little courtyard hotel in the center of antigua right across from a beautiful old church where women in colorful textiles sit with children in the morning sun. some of them are selling bracelets but many are just standing on the sunny cobblestones. the faces here are darker, flatter, more indian than in costa rica; the bodies stouter, rounder. these are mountain people wearing cowboy hats and woven skirts and more clothing all around - it's much cooler, a nice relief from the steady heat of the last month...."