Guatemala

Guatemala

Maximon

Visiting Maximon

The video below is from my visit to the Maximon shrine in Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala. The original blog post can be read here. You are normally charged to take pictures but I was able to take this video because I made an offering of a bottle of rum that the “keepers” of Maximon where sure to enjoy later. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu8rMiULH20[/youtube]

Lake Atitlan from Indian's Nose Point

Hiking, Ziplining, and Roaming the Market

Yesterday was easily the longest day of the trip so far, but also one of the most rewarding. We woke up at 6am to get ready to meet a guide we had hired for the day at 7am. For 250 Quetzales ($31.25 U.S.) our guide was going to take us in a private shuttle to the nearby town of Santa Clara where we would hike up Indian’s Nose (one of the most popular overlooks of Lake Atitlan), visit our first […]

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A Rooftop View to Kill For

I’m not going to lie… The closer I got to the airport this morning, the more nervous I became and the more apprehensive I felt towards the idea of traveling in a completely unfamiliar setting and at some points, by myself. And then I got here. Pictures cannot describe the beauty and mystique of Antigua, even on an overcast crap weather day like today. Every doubt I had about attempting to travel for the next five weeks, with one bag […]

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Video: Live Salsa in Antigua

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ebFPamkhkc[/youtube] On one of my last nights in Guatemala I was able to catch some live Salsa at a bar in Antigua called La Esquina. This was actually the third time I had been to this bar, on this night (every Wednesday) to catch this band. I really love going to this place. Not only for the incredible music, but for the cool vibe, the numerous backpackers, and plenty of locals enjoying the music and dancing to their hearts content. […]

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Hiking Pacaya – The Journey at Last

Two days ago, for less than what I would pay to go to the movies in the U.S. and some supplies from Backcountry.com, my friend and I hiked an active volcano named Pacaya. It’s something many have done before me, and many more will do after me, but yesterday was my day to do it, and it was freaking awesome! If you’ve been following me for awhile then you might remember that last summer Pacaya erupted just before my trip […]

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Photo: Humor is Universal – Lavame

click photo to enlarge My friend and I spotted this car parked on the main street of Montericco, Guatemala. Lavame translates to “wash me” in English. Gotta love that right?

Montericco Black Sand Beach

Photos From Montericco: The People and the Place

click photos to enlarge The past few days Daniel and I stayed in the small beachside town of Montericco here in Guatemala. Montericco has a volcanic sand beach and the town consists of one paved road, a few dirt roads, a boardwalk, and, you guessed it, the beach. This place is so small, it’s not even on Google Maps! It may not sound like much, but we found it to be our own little paradise. As I’m sure you can […]

Volcan de Fuego Erupting

Photo: Volcan de Fuego Erupting!

click photo to enlarge Yesterday morning while leaving Antigua for the beachside town of Monetricco, Daniel and I were treated to an awesome sight. The active Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) was erupting and spewing smoke and ash into the sky. The driver of our shuttle stopped for everyone to get a good look and I jumped out to take this quick shot. The driver had pulled over behind some trees so I had to run down the road […]

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #2 – Tikal National Park

Tikal National Park was once the home of one of the largest Mayan city states. Seeing the temples and other structures for yourself is a must do if you ever have the chance to visit Guatemala. Besides the temples themselves, the park is full of different types of exotic wildlife. Many of the temples allow visitors to climb them, providing stunning views of the Guatemalan jungle that has overtaken the area. I visited Tikal during my first trip to Central […]

A View from Temple IV in Tikal

7 Interesting Facts About Guatemala

A few other travel blogs such as EverythingEverywhere.com and NomadicMatt.com have started doing posts for their different destinations where they list off random and interesting facts they have found about that city or country. I have been thoroughly enjoying these posts and have decided to follow suite with some of my own since I’m sure I’ll be visiting some places that haven’t been covered yet. I find most of these facts on the web but some of them come from […]

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #1 – Antigua, Guatemala

I’ve decided to start posting a list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that I visit during my travels, as many of them are amazing places to visit that provide a lot of cultural and historical insight about the countries they reside in. I got the idea to do this from Everything-Everywhere.com, as Gary has been keeping track of the sites he has visited for years now and is well over 100! So here is my first! click photo to […]

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Featured Travel Photo – Fields in Guatemala

Coffee and other crops are grown in abundance just outside of Antigua, Guatemala on the foothills of Volcan de Agua.

Children Bathing in Lake Atitlan

Featured Travel Photo – Children Bathing in Lake Atitlan

Children play and bath in Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. This was a daily sight as the locals used the lake for bathing on what seemed to be a regular basis.

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Featured Travel Photo: Catedral de Santiago – Antigua, Guatemala

The Catedral de Santiago is lit up each night creating an awe inspiring view from the central park square in Antigua, Guatemala. The church is one of two churches on the square, and one of 20 or so churches throughout the small city.

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The Art of Bargaining While Backpacking in Central America

The “Gringo tax” is a reality that people backpacking around the world must deal with on a regular basis. When locals spot a foreigner amongst them they tend to jack up the price of whatever they are selling, be it food, clothing, or some sort of service. Sometimes this is a modest increase in price from what a local might pay for the same item, but sometimes prices can be raised as high as ten times the original amount, or […]

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Featured Travel Photo: Ziplining Through The Clouds

While in the Guatemalan highlands my friends and I got a chance to do some zip-lining just outside of the town of Santa Clara La Laguna on Lake Atitlan. Our first ride was through clear skies with a great view of the surrounding mountainsides but our second ride was right through the middle of a dense white cloud. A very cool and surreal experience.

Traffic Cops in Antigua

Featured Travel Photo: Traffic Cops in Antigua

There were few stop signs in Antigua, Guatemala and the ones that were there seemed to be more of a suggestion than a requirement. On busier intersections, however, you could find one or more of these traffic cops. Doesn’t hurt that these two just so happened to have a stunning volcano behind them.

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11 Things that Didn’t Make it Home: The Central America Casualty List

To be totally honest, upon returning from 5 weeks in Central America, I felt pretty lucky to have all of my most valuable belongings still with me. I didn’t have any problems with my laptop and no one tried to snag my debit card or passport. These had been the main worries and I was happy to have had them all on my return flight with me. There were a few smaller items, however, that weren’t as fortunate and didn’t […]

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Featured Travel Photo: Painting the Streets of Antigua

A painter sits on a quiet street of Antigua, Guatemala as he paints the view of Fuego Volcano overlooking the small city.

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Things I Bought for Less Than $3

Travelers are almost always on some sort of budget. We try to make the money we’ve set aside stretch as far as it can possibly go, enabling us to see as many places as we possibly can. With that in mind I’ve compiled a list of a number of things I was able to purchase in Central America for under $3. Some things on this list aren’t a huge surprise, but there were a couple of times I was baffled […]

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Featured Travel Photo: Lake Atitlan Through a Spider’s Web

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.  Shot from Indian Nose Point just outside the town of San Pedro La Laguna.

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Beyond the Veil of Antigua

I’m back in Antigua, Guatemala, one of my favorite cities I’ve spent time in on this trip. Antigua is a beautiful city, with a quant Spanish colonial style, an easy 9 block by 9 block set up that is easy to navigate, numerous amazing restaurants and hostels, and dozens of backpackers to meet and mingle with. With all of these positive features of Antigua it is very easier for a visitor to take for granted the numerous other villages that […]

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Photos from Semuc Champey – The Gem of Guatemala

A few days ago I almost decided not to make the trip to Lanquin to see Semuc Champey. That would have been my worst decision of this trip and I am sincerely glad that I decided to make the trip! Semuc Champey was easily the most beautiful place I have seen duting my time here in Central America, and possibly the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. I know I’ve said something similar to this a couple times throughout the […]

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The Cave of A Million Bats

Two days ago I picked up my girlfriend in Guatemala City. She flew in to spend the last week of my trip with me. We spent the next two nights in Antigua (one of my favorite cities so far) but today we made our way across the country (it sounds far but it isn’t too bad) to the tiny town of Lanquin. Lanquin doesn’t consists of very much but is home to some amazing bat caves, and even more importantly, […]

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My “Direct” Shuttle to Guatemala City

Yesterday I purchased a ticket from Copan Ruinas, Honduras to Guatemala City, where I will be meeting my girlfriend in the morning for the last week of this trip. I gave the guy at the desk an address of a hostel I had reservations at and asked if I could be dropped off there. He said there was absolutely no problem with that but I’d need to pay an extra $5 since the shuttle did not normally go to that […]

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