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Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán Guatemala – Your Ultimate Guide!

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.  Blue water, volcanoes, and indigenous Maya villages dotted around the lake make for a peaceful and fascinating stay!  Just two and a half hours from Antigua, Lake Atitlán is a highlight of any trip to Guatemala, alongside Antigua, Tikal, and Semuc Champey. About Lake Atitlán Lake Atitlán was formed inside an enormous volcano, which erupted 84,000 years ago.  The lake is now overlooked by three smaller volcanoes…

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Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Hobbitenango – Hobbits in Guatemala’s Middle Earth

Did you know there are hobbits in Guatemala?  Well, hobbit holes at least.  Rather like Hobbiton in New Zealand, Lord of the Rings fans can now visit Middle Earth in Guatemala.  Set high in the hills above Antigua, Hobbitenango is an eco-friendly hotel and restaurant with spectacular views of the volcanoes across the valley.  I love hunting out unique accommodations where I travel, from glamping in Bolivia to hammocks in Tikal, so I was thrilled when I got the chance…

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Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

Cooking Guatemalan Food with La Tortilla Cooking School Antigua

I am attempting to take part in a cooking class in every country I visit.  I have so far only managed a cooking class in Mexico City, Barcelona and La Paz in Bolivia, so I wanted to do a cooking class in Antigua Guatemala.  I had no idea what Guatemalan food was like.  Tortillas, of course, and frijoles (black beans) and plantains.  But aside from that, I had no clue, so I wanted to learn more about typical Guatemalan dishes….

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Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal Sunrise: Sleep in a hammock and hear the jungle come to life!

Tikal in Guatemala is the most impressive Maya site I have seen so far, compared to others like Lamanai in Belize for example.  It comes close to Machu Picchu in grandeur, although sadly there is no viewpoint to overlook Tikal, partly because it is surrounded by jungle!  This vast Maya site is actually closer to Belize City than most popular destinations in Guatemala, like Antigua and Lake Atitlan, so it makes sense to visit Tikal on your way to or…

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Semuc Champey Tour or Visit Independently?

Semuc Champey Tour or Visit Independently?

Semuc Champey is one of the highlights of most backpackers’ visit to Guatemala.  Beautiful turquoise pools amid the lush Guatemalan jungle certainly is a sight to behold.  However, a 2-day detour between Antigua and Flores, if you are on a tight schedule, think very carefully if you have time to fit in this little slice of paradise.  Once you have decided to go, the next decision is whether to take a Semuc Champey tour, or to visit independently. How to…

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