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I wanted to travel to someplace where you wouldn't first think to go. Europe was out. Asia was far, Africa was expensive, Guatemala was perfect. I was inspired to travel there after learning about Lake Atitlan, one of the most incredible bodies of water I've ever seen. From there I was obsessed. I thoroughly researched the country of Guatemala and where to go. My final trip included 4 days at the lake, and 3 days in Antigua, the former capital. Check out the highlights below and hopefully I can inspire you to take a trip there yourself.
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Solola, Lake Atitlan, Tzununa la Laguna 07010, Guatemala
Maya Moon describes themselves as a lodge. It's true, they have lodge-like qualities, but there is so much more to experience there. My first morning there (and in Guatemala), I experienced a serene, picturesque sunrise; It was so "beautiful" that...
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Río San Miguel Escobar (Efímero), Ciudad Vieja,, Cd Vieja, Guatemala
Tour isn't the right word to explain what I signed up for. De La Gente Coffee is a Co-op which sponsors Coffee Farmers around Antigua. What's special about De La Gente Coffee is the quality and care they put into their coffee and farmers. I was...
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Tzununa, Guatemala
This caught me by surprise. I was told, by the locals, of a hike from Tzununa (close to where I was) to Jaibalito. What I was expecting was a nice walk with great views (what you can get virtually anywhere around the lake), what I was met with was...
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Not quite as big or crowded, Antigua has its own city park where tourists and locals gather to sit, talk, play games, shop, eat, and drink. Located almost exactly in the center of the city, the park can be a starting point for your adventure...
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7 Av, San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala
Navigating my way through San Pedro's market, I met a local, Phil, a retired Canadian teacher visiting Guatemala since 1993, who invited me to a lunch place called Smokin' Joes' Barbecue. I did NOT travel to Guatemala to experience BBQ, however, I...
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Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
While the habitable buildings of Antigua look like ancient ruins, there are actual ancient ruins scattered around the city. Correction, there's an abundance of ruins around the city. After the 1773 earthquake, most of Antigua was destroyed. It was...
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San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala
We found our way to a small Mayan town called San Juan. This town is know for their textiles. Down ever street you will see shops filled with beautiful fabrics; most of these fabrics were made by the store owner or a local artist. We found...
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Antigua Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel 07010, Guatemala
Although a bit more touristy, the Nature Reserve in Panajachel doesn't disappoint. Take a Tuk Tuk (Q10) from Panajachel to the Nature Reserve, and you will have numerous activities to participate in You can zip line on two courses. We took the...
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When you step foot off the boat into the town of Santa Cruz, you have nowhere else to look but up. The majority of the town is high up in the mountain. One of the first things you will notice is the "Cecap Cafe" sign. Make your way up to the town...
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Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala
A local idol who is known to drink and smoke. Maximon (pronounced masheemon) doesn't have a permanent location it resides at. Instead, Maximon moves to a different location every year. To find Maximon, ask a local to direct you. When you arrive at...