Lots of travelers recommend to spend time visiting Guatemala. I am so glad I did because Guatemala is a beautiful and fascinating country. Jo and I spent a month exploring Guatemala. I really like the Guatemalan culture and the country’s natural beauty. You’ll have to go and find out for yourself or imagine the experience through pictures. Here are some of my snaps:
Lake Atitlan serves seven villages. Popular villages to visit are Panajachel (main hub for transportation), San Pedro and San Marcos. The lake is absolutely stunning and is somewhere I’d consider re-tiring. Imagine owning a house overlooking the lake and waking to a view of a wonderful sunrise every morning!
I think It’s fair to say the lake got hungry!
Meet Pedro, an American guy we met in Panajachel and spent 2 weeks with. The kids randomly came up to us and asked for money for their school. We all donated money to help their education but Pedro gave them a challenge first to earn their keeps
Back to school learning Spanish with my teacher Lucy! I received a certificate for learning beginner Spanish. I did a homestay with a local family. The family didn’t want any photos posted online so below is a picture of their colourful kitchen which my host mum Sandra made delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner for me and the family. Mucho homework!
Companionship: Candice, Jo and me (right to left). We met Candy at The Cooperative School (in San Pedro) and we hanged out and ate dinner together in Antigua. Candy and Jo went to what is considered to be the biggest and most colourful market in Central America – The ChiChi market
Hugs are infectious!
Campfire gathering at a nightclub! I kid you not
Zoola party hostel with a pool overlooking the luscious mountains
Colourful market where the locals shop
Don’t underestimate these tuk tuks! They can get around the tightest corners plus they can save time if you want to get from one part of the village to another
First time sleeping in a double bunk bed. Cheapest I’ve paid for accommodation – £2.50
Water taxi to San Marcos. Look at the view!
San Marcos Festival of Consciousness, March 2016
Pancake breakfast in San Marcos
A private rental home overlooking the lake. A local Señor fishing
Mayan Cacao! Very popular in Guatemala. Cacao has many health benefits
Tuk tuk journey from San Marcos to San Pedro
Semana Santa (Easter Week) March 2016
Colourful carpet on the street
Helping to create a carpet
Can you spot it? Noah’s Ark made out of fresh bread
Being apart of the procession – carrying the float on my shoulder and walking
Live band during Easter celebration. Latin Americans do things big for Easter
Artwork: Jesus being nailed to the cross
Celebration at night
Colourful Guatemalan material on a Guatemalan lady
Jo found the Londoner Pub. The fish and chips was on point! Fish on Easter Sunday
My favourite spot in Antigua – Cerro de La Cruz
The best pizza in Guatemala – Little Caesars Pizza
Candice Night out in Antigua with girls from The Big Foot Hostel. We arrived early for ladies night and was treated to a free manicure or back pampering massage as well as two free drinks. Las Vibras club night was awesome!
Mercado de Artesanias – local arts and crafts market
Pacaya Volcano hike
Salsa group learning session
Salsa dance teacher in a dance school
Jo and I cooked our own meal with the owner of this family restaurant
Delicious local food stalls selling tasty Guatemalan snacks, dessert, drinks and a mixture of foods.
Where Star Wars was filmed
Embracing life. Thank God for running water
With friends and locals we met in Rio Dulce
El Paraiso – Hot waterfalls (Auguas Callientes)
El Boqueron – Wanderlust