Reflecting on Five Months Central America

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It’s such a tiny area. The entirety of Central America – including the regions of Mexico we visited – could fit within the country of France. Yet every country is different than the next, each one having its own distinct culture. In Guatemala for example, the Mayan roots are very obvious; from physical features to traditional clothing and general way of life. While right next door in El Salvador, due to several tragic moments in recent history, the Mayan culture …

The Best Things to do at Lake Atitlan

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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 during your stay. Although you’ll likely stumble upon many more on your visit, these are a few that you shouldn’t miss! Trek to Lake Atitlan …

A dock at one of the villages of lake atitlan

Where to Stay at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Often, those who visit Guatemala are pressed for time and often struggle with deciding where to visit and for how long. We were definitely part of this group, especially when trying to decide which town of Lake Atitlan to base ourselves in. Seeing as our visit coincided with the Christmas holidays, we booked our accommodation several weeks in advance – in fear that we may not find anything. We decided to split the majority of our time basing ourselves out …

What to Do in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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While we only spent a week in San Pedro, we fell in love immediately. The time flew by, but it’s definitely high on our list of places to revisit! From Panajachel, ferries run frequently throughout the day and cost Q25 to reach San Pedro. Do yourself a favour and leave earlier in the day, the water becomes quite choppy around mid-day and makes for a rather uncomfortable ride. What to Do One of the biggest draws to town are the …

Staying in San Pedro la Laguna

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Like the islands of southern Thailand or the beaches of Goa. Certain places have a vibe, a feeling unexplainable to those who’ve never been, but one that’s fluent to those who have spent even the briefest moment in such places. San Pedro la Laguna is definitely one of these spots. Up early after one of the best sleeps of the trip, we set out to explore our new surroundings. Just up the street from our place was a small Italian-owned …