Exploring Guatemala

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Below you’ll find all my travel guides to Guatemala. Having lived temporarily in Lake Atitlán and Antigua, I can say this country is extremely underrated and full of adventure!

20 Epic Things to Do in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

20 Epic Things to Do in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Flanked by towering, peaky volcanoes, and lakeside towns bursting with history and culture, Lake Atitlán (Lago de Atitlán) is perhaps one of the most beautiful destinations not only in Guatemala - but in the world! Between hiking on ancient volcanoes and strolling...

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12 Best Places to Eat in San Pedro La Laguna

12 Best Places to Eat in San Pedro La Laguna

If you're looking for where to eat in San Pedro La Laguna then you've come to the right place! During our 2-month stay in San Pedro, we were able to eat our way through some of the best restaurants in the town (some several times over)! There's a surprising amount of...

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7 Coolest Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna

7 Coolest Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna

Hotels in San Pedro La Laguna come in all types, styles, and budgets. In this small Tz'utujil Mayan town of nearly 10,000, you can choose from luxurious hotels and boutique hotels to backpacker hostels and Airbnbs. But why stay here? San Pedro La Laguna is a popular...

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Indigenous Maya Towns, Hiking, and Volcanoes

woman standing atop indian nose mountain overlooking lake atitlan and san pedro volcano in guatemala
Trip Recommendation: 10-14 days
Places to Visit: Lake Atitlán, Tikal, Semuc Champey, Antigua, Chichicastenango
Budget: $500-1000
Best Time to Visit: November-April

Guatemala has quickly become one of my favorite countries. I love Latin America and there’s something truly special about Guatemala – the original home of the indigenous Maya, the birthplace of coffee, and the land of wild volcanoes. 

If you are wanting to travel Guatemala, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you want to explore traditional Maya towns around Lake Atitlán, stroll down cobblestone streets in colonial cities, or go on an overnight hiking and camping trip on one of Guatemala’s famous volcanoes, then you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.

Guatemala is safe to travel in, the locals are welcoming and warm, and the nature activities here will just blow you away! 

It’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with Guatemala and I’m sure after you visit, you will too!

“Peace cannot exist without justice, justice cannot exist without fairness, fairness cannot exist without development, development cannot exist without democracy, democracy cannot exist without respect for the identity and worth of cultures and peoples.”

-Rigobertha Menchú, K’iche’ Guatemalan human rights activist, feminist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

kaqchikel maya women weaving in santa catarina palopo

Santa Catarina Palopó

Santa Catarina Palopó is a Kaqchikel Maya village adorned in vibrant color. Stroll the quaint streets to marvel at the 850+ houses painted with Maya textile motifs and take a walk to dip your toes in natural hot springs.

 

streets of san juan la laguna guatemala

San Juan La Laguna

San Juan La Laguna is a Tz’utujil Maya town with underrated cafes, colorful art murals, and naturally dyed textiles and weaving cooperatives. Grab coffee with a view, peek inside an art gallery, and hike up to the Indian Nose Summit.

maya women washing clothes in santiago atilán in guatemala

Santiago Atitlán

Santiago Atitlán is the largest town around Lake Atitlán and one of the more traditional Tz’utujil Maya villages. Here you can visit the Maya deity Maximón in a local’s home and learn about the town’s tragic and bloody past.

Indian Nose Hike

Learn how Lake Atitlán formed
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