Belize, the Good, the Bad and the Hot

We were concerned if we would have enough time to see the Tikal ruins in Guatemala, get to the border to cross into Belize and get to our accommodation 10 miles outside of San Ignacio all in the same day – no problem! The first town we encountered after crossing...

Semuc Champey and the Peten Region

A long weekend of travel was awaiting us – 8 hours from Antigua to Lanquin on Friday, then another 8 hours from Lanquin to Flores on Sunday. Both trips were on a small van sized ‘turismo’ shuttle with 14-16 passengers. They were cramped to say the least! Leaving...

Antigua, we will return

Unfortunately we didn’t allocate enough time in Antigua. It’s the previous capital of Guatemala with a thriving language school and tourist population overlooked by Volcan de Agua with Acatenango, Fuego and Pacaya volcanoes very close by. After previously...

Xela and the surrounding area

It was my decision to head to Quetzaltenango, Xela for short, because I had planned on furthering my Spanish education (really just throwing money down the drain). Xela is a very popular place for this, unlike Antigua, it’s not full of foreigners and English is...

Markets Galore

The must see market town in Guatemala’s western highlands, Chichicastenango, is rammed full of local produce and artesanial products, aimed primarily at the influx of tourists that arrive every Thursday and Sunday morning from the surrounding towns. We headed there on...

Volcan Santa Maria

This was to be the first of two local volcanoes I was planning on hiking with Altiplanos Tours. Santa Maria, an active volcano in the Quetzaltenango area at an altitude of 3772m and Volcan Santiaguito which was created from an eruption of Santa Maria in 1902. Volcan...

The Beauty of Agua

Lake Atitlan is absolutely beautiful, at an altitude of 4,500ft with uniquely distinct villages and towns scattered around its shores! There are 3 volcanoes that rise up from the edge of the water and tower 6,000ft above the lake, Volcan San Pedro, Toliman and...

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