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Personally Experiencing Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

Imagine being woken up at 5:30 in the morning because a marching band is outside your window, the sound of cymbals and sousaphones clanging in your ear. Only three and a half hours earlier, I had been outside, painstakingly helping my neighbors prepare an intricately designed alfombra, or “carpet” for the street.  It was Semana Santa — …

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Best Restaurants in Antigua Guatemala

It’s hard to narrow down what made me love Antigua so much. There were volcano hikes, colonial architecture, and cheap Spanish classes. And there’s the food. So much of it, from traditional meals to street food to high-end entrees that would cost a fortune at home. Over the course of multiple visits, I’ve spent more …

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There’s More than a Market in Chichicastenango Guatemala

Chichicastenango Guatemala has built a reputation for being the tourist market in Guatemala.  Twice a week, hundreds of vendors set up their shops, anxiously waiting for busloads of visitors to arrive to buy colorful textiles, jewelry, and masks.  But beyond the Chichicastenango market, you’ll also find a town that still honors and celebrates its Mayan traditions with ceremonies …

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Hiking Pacaya Volcano is a Must-Do in Antigua Guatemala

For years, hiking Pacaya Volcano was the #1 tour from Antigua.  Nothing’s more fun than getting up close to molten lava, especially without the rules and restrictions that most other countries apply.  But in Guatemala, you were free to poke the lava with a stick or count how long it takes for the soles of …

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Travel to Guatemala is easier than you think with these tips! Find out things to do, why you should see Antigua, and so much more. From a traveler who spent more than 2 months there roaming and exploring.

The Complete Guatemala Travel Guide: FAQ to Get You Started

If there’s one country I know well, it’s Guatemala.  I’ve gone three times (once for six weeks!) because from the best-known sites to smaller villages and remote parks, I love it all.  If you’re planning your own perfect trip, you’ll find everything you need to know about Guatemala travel: frequently asked questions plus extra facts on costs, …

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Have You Heard of the Ixil Triangle Guatemala?

Nestled in the Western Highlands is the Ixil Triangle Guatemala: three towns — Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal— that appear to form a triangle when you draw lines connecting the towns on a map. Each of these towns suffered greatly, particularly in the late 1970s and early 80s during Guatemala’s Civil War and a period of tragic genocide. …

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Carry-On Packing List for Guatemala (Even for Long Trips!)

When I started telling people I was going to Guatemala, I was surprised that the most frequently asked question is, “What’s on your packing list?”. Believe it or not, packing for an extended trip is almost the same as packing for a week.  As long as you get used to the idea of doing laundry, it’s …

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An Essential Resource of Things to Do in Antigua Guatemala

While most visitors spend just 2-3 days in this compact city, I’ve visited a few times, adding up to more than three weeks in the city.  That’s given me lots of chances to try Antigua activities — most of which I’ve enjoyed! Since I was fortunate enough to explore the city thoroughly, here’s what I …

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What Do Peanut Butter and SightDOING Have in Common?

There’s probably no better snack than peanut butter and when it’s made from organic peanuts grown in volcanic soil, it’s even more indulgent. No one knows that better than Lilian and her family since they spend the better part of a year roasting and grinding the peanuts from 10,000 plants grown on the hills near …

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