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Sunrise tours aren't normally my thing but rising at 4:00am taking a chicken bus to the trail entrance and beginning a hike in the darkness up the side of a volcano has to be rewarding. For 2 hours in the darkness you climb relentlessly upwards...
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Nahuala, Guatemala
One of the best ways to connect with a culture is to connect with it's people, and hiking from village to village in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala provides you just this opportunity. The majestic lake is overlooked by three equally majestic volcanoes,...
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Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala
No trip to Guatemala is complete without at least a couple days of R&R at one of the best hidden lakeside hotels in the world, Casa Palopo. By the numbers: 7 -- the number of villas the hotel has. 5 -- the amount of stars I'd give this place. 3 --...
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Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala
Just hours away from the United States and yet worlds apart, Lake Atitlan is truly one of the most beautiful and interesting places I've ever visited... and by far a magical and inspiring backdrop for any yoga practice. Nature puts on a glorious...
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Panajachel, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán, in the Guatemalan highlands, lies in the one of the most dramatic landscapes in Central America--a caldera surrounded by lush conical peaks rising to over 11,000 feet. The biggest town on the lake, Panajachel, (called 'Pana' by...
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Calle de Los Arboles, Panajachel, Guatemala
It’s not a far walk to get off the beaten track, off the tourist thoroughfares through Panajachel, Guatemala. Meandering just a couple streets over brings you into a whole different world. The cobblestones dwindle to narrow slices of dirt cut...
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1, Panajachel, Guatemala
Suddenly, we were confronted by a group of about 20 young men holding machetes, circling us, and mimicking my gringo Spanish. “Puedo pasar? “No, no puedes!” Uh-oh. Amidst the chaos of gleaming teeth and blades, laughter, taunts, and fear, I kind...
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Chimaltenango, Guatemala
We were driving along the main highway from Panajachel to Antigua, and we stopped when we saw a sign about a local artisan mercado, thinking we might be able to find a few authentic gifts. What we actually found was so much more amazing! Aj Quen...
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Pacaya, Guatemala
Taking a hike up Pacaya -- an active volcano just outside Antigua -- is a truly rewarding experience that should not be missed. I did the hike in the late afternoon to get there for sunset, which I highly recommend. The sun wasn't too intense for...
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San Vicente Pacaya, Guatemala
On our first trip to Central America, my wife and I had lugged bulky hiking boots with us, just for this--a hike to the top of a volcano. But, as you can see in the photo, my wife is wearing sandals at the summit...huh? Dealing with...
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Central America
Perched high above Antigua in the little hamlet of El Hato, Earth Lodge is a true hidden gem. The view says it all: not one, but three volcanoes (Agua, Fuego and Acatenango) spill out beyond the borders of the city below. Whether you stay in the...
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Santa Inés del Monte Pulciano, Guatemala
No this is not a surrealist painting, its on top of one of Antigua's surrounding hills - El Tenedor del Cerro - which houses a restaurant with a fantastic view, small shops, a market, a birdhouse and even an open air museum and galleries! I spent...
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Yaxchilan, 29950 Ocosingo, Chis., Mexico
An hour boat ride along Usumacinta River on the Guatemala border can take you to Yaxchilan, Palenque’s less visited cousin in the tropics of Chiapas, Mexico. Twelve-thousand-year old architecture brings many questions to mind. But at this moment,...
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Petén Department, Guatemala
Yaxha is an imposing classic Maya archaeological site located just off the highway between Tikal and the Belize border.
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Sayaxché, Guatemala
My friend Joan and I were staying at Ni'tun Private Reserve on Lake Petén Itzá near Flores, and planned to visit several Maya sites in the Petén region, but were most excited about visiting Aguateca. What an adventure it was! Our guide Bernie of...
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Central America
These masks adorn the wall at the restaurant on the La Lancha property. This intimate lakeside boutique resort is one of my favorite places I have ever stayed. Pictures and words don't do justice to this magical retreat. If planning a trip to...
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Tikal, Guatemala
From one temple-top to another: on top of the world in Tikal National Park in northeastern Guatemala. These Maya pyramids (8th century) were the tallest structures built in the Americas until twentieth century skyscrapers arose in New York City....
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Río Dulce, Guatemala
Hacienda Tijax in Rio Dulce, Guatemala offers a different over water bungalow experience than those glamorous lodgings found in Tahiti. These bungalows are tucked into the swampy jungles behind the Rio Dulce. Sitting on the back porch of your...
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Aldous Huxley said this about Lake Atitlan when he visited and I agree. This is the lake that I am looking at right now from my living room window. I swear the bewitching beauty sparks new cells in your eyeballs. It melts your heart to look at...
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Guatemala
The massive stone stelae located at the Maya site named Quirigua impress not solely by their size, but by the intricately carved glyphs and depictions of kings and gods on display as well. The site is an easy stop for those traveling between the...
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Guatemala
After a trip that involve building a house, kayaking a crater lake, hiking through a jungle, and biking down a mountainside, we relaxed at Earth Lodge - a cabin resort/ avacado farm. We ate like kings and slept like babies as we overlooked the...
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San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala
Semuc Champey, Guatemala is sandwiched between sharp mountains proving their youth and you would never know it was there unless someone told you to look for it. Thankfully, someone did. A downtown consists of caves lined with dozens of pools of...
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Chajul, Guatemala
Nestled in the foothills of the Western Highlands of Guatemala is Chajul, a town with cascading verdant hills and swaths of farmed land. The sky is vast, and blue hues meet a forested horizon. Chajul is comprised of approximately 20,000...
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Central America
Late night beach patrols. Moonlit nights. Tranced turtles coming to shore and laying eggs. Allowing nature to happen is both incredibly rewarding and heartbreaking at the same time.
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Monterrico, Guatemala
Black volcanic sand, mangroves and tropical heat - Monterrico is a well known weekend destination for Guatemalans. I stayed in this village for one week taking Spanish classes at the language school and living with a local family. Everyone there...