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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!)

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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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Sometimes Solo Travel Sucks: Lonely in Livingston and Rio Dulce Guatemala

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As much as I love traveling solo, it’s not always a picnic.  I struggled when I arrived on the Atlantic coast of Guatemala.  I had spent the past two weeks or so traveling through the country, first with my husband and then with my mom.  We had great experiences, funny stories, and lots of memories. …

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The Real Deal: Total Guatemala Travel Costs (for 2 Months!)

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“You’re traveling for two months?  How are you going to afford that?” I heard that question before I left home and again once I was in Guatemala.  To the average American who only has two weeks of vacation time a year and thus spends their whole travel budget in two weeks, it seemed impossible to stretch …

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I Loved Semuc Champey, But Not For the Pools

If you’ve ever opened up a Guatemalan guidebook, you’ve probably seen a picture of Semuc Champey’s tiered turquoise pools.  Five years ago, this area was relatively unvisited, but now this national park is gaining a ton of popularity on the gringo route despite being close to absolutely nothing. To check out the spectacular scenery and do …

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