My Oh Maya

It is far too easy to travel in Guatemala and ignore the remarkable and harrowing history of its people. Maya temples are impressive structures to be photographed and the indigenous population look simply adorable in their colourful, embroidered clothing. Most visitors aren’t even aware of the horrendous civil war that claimed nearly 200,000 lives in a bloody, 36-year conflict. The Maya civilisation goes back thousands of years, far beyond the Spanish arrival of the 16th century, and it tells a long and intriguing story.