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GUATEMALA-- May 2015

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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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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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5a Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Imagine being able to sip flavorful Guatemalan coffee while taking in the view of Volcán Agua, which changes color from dark green in the morning to an almost purple at dusk. Rent the Grand Suite at Meson Panza Verde and you can. Established in...
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4a Ave Sur 24A, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Antigua is chockablock full of beautiful and intimate posadas. We stayed at Posada del Angel. The staff is so friendly and willing to take care of your every need. The bathrooms are large and well done. The best part about our stay was breakfast...
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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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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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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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3a Calle Poniente #5, Antigua Guatemala 03001, Guatemala
If you're feeling a bit peckish on a Saturday in Antigua Guatemala, do your tastebuds and your eyes a favor and head straight for Cafe de la Fuente. The graceful colonial courtyard setting of the restaurant makes it worth a stop pretty much any...
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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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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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6A Calle 6, Guatemala
The incomparable beauty of Mayan textile arts is often the first thing that strikes a visitor to Guatemala and one of the memories that sticks with them the longest. The Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena, or the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress,...
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Plaza Central, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
The Chichicastenango market is wonderful for many things, not least of all the food. Join the Guatemalans at the long picnic tables and order a portion of fried chicken. Don't be put off by the large vats of oil--that's what makes it so tasty!...
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Plaza Central, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
Markets are a true test for any traveler. And Chichicastenango is the mother of all markets. Which is why I will give myself a pass for haggling for hours for a beautiful embroidered traditional Guatemalan top, only to bring it back to my hotel...
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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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San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala
Some say Semuc Champey and the surrounding Lanquin area is the most beautiful part of Guatemala. Who can argue?
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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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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...
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San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala
Lanquin is a beautiful little out-of-the-way town and yet its somehow still not off the beaten track. While the "resorts" here will be filled with young western teenagers and backpackers it is still a beautiful spot to spend a couple of days...
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Antigua--all of Guatemala, really--is full of flower vendors. This fellow was just setting up for the day.
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Island of Flores, Flores, Guatemala
There are many resorts and lodges around the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, and this is the perfect area to use as your home base when visiting Tikal and other Maya ruins in Petén. We did not actually stay in Flores, but our lodge near San Andrés took...
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6av Y 4ta Calle Esquina, Flores 17029, Guatemala
One of the most beautiful Mayan sites in Central America is Tikal. Last summer I got the opportunity to visit Tikal. If you are a fan of ruins then this place is a must see. Note: If you do go be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, because...
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Lago Peten Itza, Guatemala
While it doesn't have the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Lake Atitlán, there's a quiet tropical beauty at Lake Petén Itzá that almost brings to mind a secluded Caribbean hideaway. Paradise is in Petén !
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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...