Manuel Valdes

For Manuel Valdes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

Mar 4, 2017

Discovering Guatemala's grit and grandeur

My childhood home is gone and so is the Chinese restaurant next to it. But my street in the urban center of Guatemala City remains its bustling old self. Buses growl and spit exhaust. Cars race down the narrow one-way street. Stores sell everything ...

Tourism transforms quiet Mexican beach

Mar 12, 2016

Tourism transforms quiet Mexican beach

Bookended by seaside rocks that protrude into warm Pacific Ocean waters, the relatively small Playa de los Muertos, or Beach of the Dead, features gentle waves, pelicans diving for fish and sunbathers lying on the sand. Vendors sell beer and grilled fish-on-a-stick, and two ...