Volcano clad lakes, old cities with beautiful architecture, endless mountains & hairy rides on the infamous “chicken bus” Guatemala is quite the adventure.
From going back to the country’s Mayan roots by visiting ruins in the jungle or looking at the people all around you still in traditional dress after all these years, it all shows you just how deep the country’s history runs. This history, although very complicated is fascinating & at times saddening to learn of.
Embracing yourself in this interesting country will open your mind culturally & will reward you with some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever set eyes on!
Days Spent: 18
Places Visited: Lake Atitlan, Antigua, Flores, Tikal.
Our Highlight: Hiking up to the mighty Volcan de Acatenango.
Our Top Hack: You don’t have to pay for tours to do everything, it’s possible to go off & do things alone, as long as you are taking the necessary precautions, doing things without a guide could be an even better experience than with one.
Fun Fact: Blue denim comes from Guatemala!
We spent time staying in a treehouse & hiking the mountains around & exploring Lake Atitlan by kayak as well as visiting a chocolate shaman for a very unique spiritual experience! We were in Antigua for the run up to Easter & felt privileged to witness some spectacular parades & then challenged ourselves with a hike up to the mighty “Volcan de Acatenango”. We then made our way over Flores from which we visited the impressive jungle encompassed ruins of Tikal.
We took a lot in whilst we were there & certainly had a varied experience of Guatemala. We left feeling amazed by its scenery & with our minds & eyes opened by learning of its history & culture.