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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
The Hotel Santo Tomas in Chichicastenango, Guatemala is a comfortable and clean place to stay for those traveling in to see the famous Chichi market. There are no TVs in the rooms, wifi worked best out in the hall, and hot water was only on at...
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Panajachel, Guatemala
The town of Panajachel, on the shores of volcanic Lake Atitlán, has become so touristed that it's sometimes called "Gringo-tenango." (Even if it's 'over-touristy,' still: GO--it's one of the most beautiful spots on Earth...) Through a...
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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Near the town of Tecpán in the western highlands of Guatemala are the ruins of Iximché. Perched on a hill some 7000 feet above sea level, this was the cool capital of the Kaqchikel Maya in the 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Spanish...
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Amatitlán, Guatemala
On our first trip to Guatemala, (pre-digital era), my wife spoke rudimentary Spanish and I was far from fluent. In return for our fledgling language skills, this girl gave us a warm smile...and perfectly smoky tortillas as well. A few years later,...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
At the end of a week-long stay in Antigua, attending intensive language classes, my brain was full of newly acquired verb-tenses and vocabulary lists--pleasantly full, but tired. I let my wife sleep in as I went for an early morning walk around...
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
These ladies pull hot fresh corn tortillas off their grill, scrape avocado out of the shell, smear it across the warm tortilla, sprinkle on some salt and queso fresco and it's all yours for about 1 Quetzal. Buen Provecho!
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If you love textiles as much as I do, you’ll love Guatemala. Everywhere I looked, there were beautiful embroidered as well as woven fabrics. I came home with more than my fair share! If you go to Guatemala and you find yourself in Antigua,...
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
This is one of my favorite shots. The market at Chichi -- held every Thursday and Sunday -- is definitely a tourist's mecca, with locals working hard to sell you their fine wares. This guy, however, is just chillin'. You want a clay pot? You best...
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Mercado Central, Chimaltenango 04001, Guatemala
Mario Rene sells fresh jalapa cheese and quesadillas in In the Mercado Central of Guatemala City. Unlike the typical quesadillas you'd find in America, these are created using cornbread and Zacapa's regional cheese. An unexpected find, this shop...
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7ta. Avenida 6a, Guatemala
For an immersive tour through Mayan history in Guatemala City, visit the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. They have carefully curated one of the most intriguing collections of Mayan artifacts. Each hall caters to a different time period and...
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Open from morning till late night, you can get a great value breakfast buffet at this fun restaurant with a lively atmosphere, but the main event is definitely the imported-from-Argentina butter-soft steak. Splurge on a grill meal but try and save...
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10A Avenida, Guatemala
It doesn’t matter whether you’re truly a fan of soccer or not, watching a match in a country which loves the game turns it into a thrilling experience—even if you can’t explain the off-side rule! Head for Estadio Mateo Flores to watch local heroes...
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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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Earthlodge was recommended to me from fellow travelers who knew I loved to explore the countrysides on my own. This friendly little retreat is located on the hills above Antigua. They have a few A-frame cottages and a treehouse to stay in and if...
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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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Tecpán Guatemala, Guatemala
Iximche is the small Mayan site that was once the capital of the Kaqchikel kingdom. The ruins are an easy stop over along the Pan American highway on your way to Lago Atitlan from Antigua. I found it special because I was the only gringo anywhere...
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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...
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Do yourself a favor and allow yourself A LOT of time here. You will not believe just how big and meandering this incredible market is. Everything and anything from fried Pollo to traditional handcrafts to vacuum cleaners can be found within the...
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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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Calle Santander, Panajachel, Guatemala
Panajachal is a lively and often dusty and hot shopping hub of Lake Atitlan. What it lacks in charm it certainly makes up for in street vendors and amazing artisans. Look out for the handmade palm sombreros while you're there. If your looking for...
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9A Avenida 18-03, Guatemala
Calling all train fans! The Museo del Ferrocarril FEGUA is located in what used to be Guatemala City's main railway station. It's full of fascinating artifacts, including imposing steam and diesel locomotives. You can climb on board some of them...
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Calle de Finca San Buena Aventura, Panajachel, Guatemala

You won't find a lovelier view from a terrace table in all of Guatemala than the one here. The restaurant at Hotel Atitlán looks out onto the lake of the same name, as well as volcanoes, and is surrounded by flowering gardens and an...

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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
These beautiful pods are the immature flower buds of the corozo palm which is native to Mexico and Central America. The buds range from about 3 to 5 feet in length. In Guatemala, the bud of the corozo palm is an integral part of Semana Santa (Holy...
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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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Numero 2 Local 1, 7a Avenida Norte 2, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Make your way to the terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding volcano and mountains. The Pizza isn't bad either. We visited at lunch but I imagine this place is fantastic in the evening too.
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Interior Of Finca Filadelfia, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Fila coffee tours out of Antigua gives you an informative tour on how coffee is grown, picked, cultivated, roasted and ends up in your cup. Highly informative for coffee lovers
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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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4 Avenida Sur 16, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
We spent the lunch hour on the rooftop terrace at El Sereno. Quaint during the day an romantic at night, El Sereno even has a cave where you can have an intimate dinner. Rose pedals on the floor, candles everywhere...you get the point :) The...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
This is my friends' Bob & Megan's Super Natural Jugo Cafe in Antigua, Guatemala. They go to the Mayan market everyday to buy the freshest mango, papaya, coconut, zanoria, fresa, banano, mora, and more. I lived off the panqueques de banano - and...