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!

9 Incredible Hikes Around Lake Atitlán

9 Incredible Hikes Around Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. One reason for that may be because of the breathtaking hikes around Lake Atitlan that afford the hiker unparalleled views of the towering volcanoes and quaint Mayan villages...

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10 Amazing Towns to Visit Around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

10 Amazing Towns to Visit Around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

For many who visit, it's the rich history and cultural diversity of the dozen or so towns around Lake Atitlán that make this popular Guatemala travel destination so fascinating. The cultures and languages you can see and hear around the lake in the towns are...

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Hiking the Active Pacaya Volcano at Sunrise (LAVA FLOW)

Hiking the Active Pacaya Volcano at Sunrise (LAVA FLOW)

Hiking an active volcano in Guatemala was at the top of my bucket list ever since moving temporarily to this wild country. But little did I know at the time when I signed up for the Pacaya sunrise hike and rolled out of bed at an early 2 AM that I would soon witness a...

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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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