Two photos. A street and volcano on the left, a lifeguard tower on the right in Guatemala and El Salvador

Taking the Local Bus from Guatemala to El Salvador

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Riding the famous chicken buses of Central America is a right of passage for many travellers. It’s an experience like no other. And while most travellers on the gringo trail take the shuttle between these two countries (we did the first time!), this is a much more interesting, and far cheaper method. So if you’re like us and like to save money and enjoy the thrill of local transport, here are the bus routes connecting the most popular destinations from Guatemala to El Salvador. …

El Salvador Mondongo Soup

The Best Soup in El Salvador is from Sopa el Mondongo

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Every now and then, while travelling, you stumble across something wonderful. Whether a hidden beach in a secluded cove, a spectacular landscape, or something a simple as a cool dive bar or an interesting piece of art; you walk away elevated — content on the highest level. This happened to us while visiting San Miguel, in Southeastern El Salvador. It was here that we found one of the best restaurants in the region, and arguably the best soup in El …

Red white and blue boat in the water with a village behind it at Lake Atitlan

The Best Things to do in Lake Atitlan

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Updated December, 2019! Lake Atitlan is one of the most popular destinations in all of Guatemala, for good reason. Between the seemingly endless activities and laid-back vibes, visitors usually end up staying much longer than planned! To help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do in Lake Atitlan and around! Although you’ll likely stumble upon many more on your visit, these are a few that you shouldn’t …

Chocolate making supplies. Experiences in San Juan Lake Atitlan Guatemala

10 Unique Experiences in San Juan, Lake Atitlan

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San Juan la Laguna. Of all the Maya villages surrounding the brilliant Lake Atitlan, it’s here that tradition reigns supreme. From ancient Mayan rituals and indigenous cultivation, to colourful artwork and a plethora of high-quality hand-woven fabrics; here are some of the most incredible experiences in San Juan, Lake Atitlan. Unique Activities and Things to Do in San Juan la Laguna Take in the Views from the Kiaq’Aiswaan Observation Deck Climb the mini-mountain to the observation deck to take in …

Hands holding a plate with a fried tortilla, topped with lettuce, meat, cabbage, egg and sauce in Antigua

Where to Eat in Antigua, Guatemala: A Budget Guide

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Antigua is the most architecturally stunning city in Guatemala and is undoubtedly the most visited in the country. This UNESCO-listed town is not only home to some of the most well-preserved colonial architecture in the region, but also some mind-blowing food. With dozens of options, from high-end steakhouses to western fast-food chains, it can be difficult to find delicious cheap eats in Antigua. So we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite restaurants in Antigua that have phenomenal …

Wooden watchtower beside a sign that reads "El Tunco" with a beach in the background

Complete Guide to Playa El Tunco, El Salvador: Backpacker Playground

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Updated: December 2019! Almost every backpacker destination has one. In Thailand, it’s Bangkok’s Khao San Road; in Nepal, it’s Thamel. Here in El Salvador, you’ve got the famous El Tunco. This once-sleepy coastal town has exploded in recent years into the country’s biggest backpacker hub. Nearly every traveller who passes through the region will stop in Playa El Tunco, El Salvador — for many, it’s their only stop. Though little more than two streets, this town packs a serious punch …

Blue boats with a stone bridge and tower on the coastal city of Essouira. There are so many fantastic restaurants in Essaouira Morocco.

Where to Eat in Essaouira

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The Essaouira Medina is a whirlwind of different shops, hawkers, and of course the dizzying variety of outstanding restaurants. In all honesty, you can probably pop into almost any of the places to eat in Essaouira and leave satisfied. Yet we found that many restaurants with simple menus and humble Moroccan food were unnecessarily overpriced. This led us to seek out the best food in Essaouira, with the most reasonable prices. Whether you’re spending a day, week, or considerably longer …

Where to Eat in San Pedro Guatemala

Where to Eat in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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Being the backpacker capital of Lake Atitlan, San Pedro has a ton of restaurant options. Whether you’re looking for local places to eat, vibrant pubs to meet other travellers, or grab a familiar flavour from back home, you’ll likely find it at a restaurant in San Pedro. Since our last visit, we’ve updated this list with a few of our favourite places to eat from around the village, including some info for self-catering and a few extra tips for your …

What to Do in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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Updated: November 2019! During our most recent visit to Guatemala, we needed to spend some time in San Pedro la Laguna. It’s without question one of our favourite places in not only Guatemala, but the whole of Central America. There are so many great things to do in San Pedro; from hiking and kayaking, to learning Spanish or simply relaxing. Like the islands of Southern Thailand or the beaches of Goa. Certain places have a vibe; a feeling unexplainable to …