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As 2016 comes to a close, it’s only normal that everyone looks back at what’s happened through the year. So, we’ve compiled our 10 favourite stories that we’ve come across in 2016. They’re in no particular order.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed doing them for you. Happy 2017!

NO PLAN B-BOYS

For some people, once their heart is set on something, pursuing it is the only option. Here’s how the national B-Boying champion goes about it.

FREEDOM TO THE HATCHLINGS

It’s a messed up form of catch and release, but at least something’s being done to help preserve the Olive Ridley.

A DANCE OF ANGELS AND MONKEYS

There’s an undeniable primal beauty in the month-long process behind the dance in the sky.

A HIDDEN MEANING

The beauty of tradition is that it often evolves, regardless of its origins, around those who embrace it. Here, we explore the origins of Maximón.

TRAY RUNNERS

A fairly intense race that takes place every year in La Antigua Guatemala. It’s serious business.

SUPERMOON 2016: ACATENANGO

We like to share the finer things in life. So, we went and saw the #supermoon2016 from the top of a volcano with some friends.

THE BURNING OF THE DEVIL

The burning of the devil is a well-known Guatemalan tradition that takes place annually. This year, it came with a twist

THE UNIFORM FIFA WON’T ALLOW

A football team’s kit often represents who they are as a team, and where they come from. CSD Xejuyup’s uniform is no different as it’s a key part of their identity.

THE OLDEST SPORT IN AMERICA

In its heyday, being bad at this could have deadly consequences. It was as serious as war. HINT: It’s the sport you saw in Road to El Dorado.

THE PROCESSION OF THE HOLY SPIRITS

This is lesser-known tradition that takes place during the Day of the Dead. It’s not really accessible for tourists, so we went there for you.

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