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If you're headed to Tikal, chances are you'll stay a night in Flores, a tiny island in Lake Peten Itza. Because of the steady stream of tourists, Flores housing isn't as cheap as most places in Guatemala but it's a beautiful little city and well...
Plaza Central, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
These vibrantly colored masks were carved to be sold as souvenirs but masks have been an integral of Guatemalan culture since pre-Colombian times when they were used for religious dance ceremonies. Over time, dances evolved to incorporate both...
When planning a recent trip to Guatemala, I luckily stumbled upon the webpage of a unique retreat on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, called Ni’tun. My friend Joan and I had decided to visit Tikal and other Mayan sites in Petén and wanted to have a...
San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala
Semuc Champey was the highlight of my one month stay in Guatemala. After a long and bumpy ride from Lanquín and a walk from the hostel, we arrived at the turquoise water pools (where I took a dip in later). The scenery took my breath away. A 15...
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala
I came to Lake Atitlan for relaxation and peacefulness and I got just that and more! As a guest for 4 days, I couldn't get over how beautiful the grounds were and how quickly I felt at home. They did a great job decorating -- everything from the...
We spent two nights at La Fortuna at the end of a very active holiday in Guatemala, and we were ready for a break. As soon as our boat pulled up at the dock, we knew we were in for something very special. La Fortuna is in a secluded cove off Lake...
Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala
Huxley considered Atitlan the most beautiful lake in the world. When you find yourself perched on the terrace of Casa Palopo, there is no way you won't agree. Facing three volcanos and a setting sun, the resort feels unworldly - and with a glass...
El Remate, Guatemala
El Remate and the surrounding ares by the north shore of the lake is the place to be. the town is quiet, charming and closer to the national park. I stayed in the cute Posada Del Cerro. On your down time (when not in the park) you can swim in the...
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