Most people who have travelled through Central America will argue that Guatemala has the most delicious food. With its Maya culture merging with Spanish traditions, the local cuisine here is far more flavoursome and complex than that of the neighbouring countries. Here are 10 of the most traditional dishes from Guatemala. This spicy stew, borne out of the fusion of the Spanish and Maya cultures, is one of the oldest dishes in Guatemala. Although chicken is most commonly used, it can also be made with beef or pork.
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For centuries, beginning long before the Spanish arrived here, the Maya women of Guatemala have worn the colorful embroidered blouses called huipiles as a badge of identity. With their bright patterns and ornate, hand-sewn images of quetzals, jaguars and other beasts, the garments have even acquired a noticeable cachet among European and American collectors in recent years. But in towns like this one, where Maya weavers exalted by their people and critics as ''artists of the loom'' still ply their age-old craft, that tradition is in jeopardy -- a result of three decades of civil war, which ended last December with a peace accord between the Government and left-wing guerrillas, and the economic, social and religious changes that the war brought. Curiously, the threat to tradition comes as the 21 Maya ethnic groups that constitute two-thirds of Guatemala's population of Those seeking to preserve and revitalize weaving as an essential custom, though, worry that the havoc and suffering the country has endured may make their task impossible.
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