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5a Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Few cities in Central America can rival Antigua Guatemala for its setting: a mile high, surrounded by volcanoes, with a spring-like climate all year round. The first time we visited Antigua, we spent a week here, taking intensive Spanish classes...
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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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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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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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Guatemala City 01010, Guatemala
Wherever you travel, it's always good to locate the nearest bookstore to your hotel. And in Guatemala, you don’t want to be caught without a book: there’s too many plazas and lush patios for you to lack some easily accessible literature at any...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
If you happen to be in the mood for sushi while in Guatemala City, check out Sushi Itto in Zona 10. I was amazed at their colorful menu which included "Rollos Picantes"; various Spicy Rolls that my friends and I devoured. Our favorite was the...
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Diagonal 6 65, Guatemala
Cafe Saul has a funky feel for Guatemala. The little cafe serves both European and traditional Guatemalan food, at cheap prices. Between the crepes, coffees, and vibrant atmosphere of Cafe Saul, you will definitely get your needed energy before...
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Avenida La Reforma 13-89, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
After a full day of sight-seeing, make your way to Melancolía Blues Café to unwind with a drink and live music. The soothing jazz and blues played by these local musicians set the mood for a perfect night. While one wouldn't immediately associate...
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5 Avenida Sur #22, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
During a religious parade through the streets of Antigua, two young men pause to keep the incense supply going strong.
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Interior Of Finca Filadelfia, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
I'm not really a coffee drinker although I've always thought it would be cool to be one. On the rare occasion I order coffee, I usually put so much milk and sugar in it, I might as well just order hot chocolate because that's what I really want...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
A chicken bus is a colloquial English name for the colorful modified and decorated US school bus and transit bus in Guatemala. The word "chicken" refers to the fact that rural Guatemalans occasionally transport live animals on such buses, which...
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2 Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
We stumbled upon this place on an evening stroll in Antigua. I vote this bar run by an energetic couple, Carlos and Carolina, the most AFARish place in the city. You feel like you are in their living room because you basically are. You can dine...
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In the marketplace of Antigua, colorful sawdust piles hint at the beginning of Semana Santa. Starting at midnight on Holy Saturday, artists all over Guatemala labor through the night designing giant sawdust carpets to blanket the cobblestone...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Aside from the religious events, what makes the Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebration in Antigua, Guatemala so unique are the flower and sawdust “alfombras” (carpets) created on the cobblestone streets of the town. These huge works of art are...
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1a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
"No visit to Antigua is complete without stopping in Cafe No Se!" I was told this several times, by different people, before and throughout my trip to Guatemala. Unfortunately, my itinerary left me with very little time to spend drinking "Illegal...
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1a Avenida Sur 15, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Having traveled to Antigua many times, I'm always drawn for an afternoon drink to Cafe Sky. The rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city, as well as the looming and beautiful Volcan Agua. The staff is friendly, food so-so, but the ambience...
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6 Ave. Norte 1-A, Antigua, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Walking around Antigua is quite the painless experience. With the streets set up in a very navigable grid, working one's way around the city centre is a must-do. You can't help but be charmed by the colourful collection of buildings bracketing the...
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1a Avenida Norte #1, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
Antigua is one of the few Latin American cities where it's possible to really find extraordinary coffee: roasted and prepared to specialty standards, but with an intuitive knowledge of origin and varietal that only comes with living in a place...
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6 Ave. Norte 1-A, Antigua, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
An early morning walk through La Antigua offers a very peaceful outlook on this beautiful, historic town. Roaming around the streets as everyone is waking up will give you a different experience from the rest of the day. The locals are minding...
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No. 9, 1a Calle Poniente, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Hector's was my favorite restaurant in all Guatemala. The meat was delicious and tender - It was perfectly cooked. The tiny restaurant only has 8 or so tables and a mini bar overlooking the kitchen where Hector works his magic. The place is dark...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
For delicious French cuisine and old world ambiance Bistrot Cinq can not be beat. Have a seat at the intimate bar for an afternoon glass of Sancerre (or absinthe!) or a delicious dinner of steak frites. The escargot was amazing and the staff...
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4 Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Lent is a particularly sacred time of year in Guatemala. Residents show their devotion by hosting weekly processions in Antigua, one every Sunday in Lent. Each week, a float depicting Jesus is carried into Antigua's Central Park by a group of men...
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Tikal, Guatemala
It will give you a jolt to see these crumbling Mayan temples in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle. The limestone rocks have been scraped smooth by archeologists desperate to stave off the jungle vines and mossy dampness and the green undergrowth...
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Getting up in the pre-dawn is not usually on my agenda, but wanting to see the Gran Plaza in Tikal at sunrise was sufficient motivation. I expected at least a handful of others would be similarly motivated, but my expectation was fantastically...
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8A Av, Guatemala
Jamaica (hibiscus flower) and cheese crepes and a steaming cup of cappuccino will have you coming back to Roque Rosito Café Gourmet in the historic district of Guatemala City. This Italian-Guatemalan fusion café offers a quiet place to unwind—in a...
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A private boat tour of the protected mangrove forests in El Paredon, Guatemala gives you a front-row seat to nature at it's finest. Locals will guide you through the waterways in boats often made from hollowed-out tree trunks. You might catch a...
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Unnamed road, El Paredon Buena Vista, Sipacate, Sipacate, 00000, GT, El Paredón Buena Vista, Guatemala
Paredon Surf House is steps from the Pacific Ocean. Black volcanic sand lines the beach from where you can watch the sun both rise and set each day, since El Paredon faces directly south. The area is known by surfers as a great place to catch a...