5 Reasons to Easter in Antigua Next Year

Truth be told, Guatemala has plenty of sights that leave me thinking, “Well, that was nice…” but not something I’d recommend anyone pay hundreds of dollars on travel to see. Take Lake Atitlán, where I live.

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Celebrating Semana Santa in Antigua (and Happy Easter!)

New York City has New Year’s Eve. Río de Janeiro has Carnival. Antigua, Guatemala has Semana Santa, one extraordinary week of elaborate religious festivities that lead up to Easter Sunday. Over the course of the holiday, this cobblestoned city of pastel-hued houses and crumbling ruins becomes a backdrop for incense-infused religious processions, elaborate holy vigils, […]

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Visit Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs (don’t drink the water)

“I want to taste the water.” Visit a thermal spring and this may not be the first thing that you tell your fiancé. I, however, knew that I wasn’t leaving Fuentes Georginas hot springs without knowing exactly what its steamy, sulfur-smelling waters tasted like. I’ve tasted ocean water, lake water, and pool water, and I […]

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What to do Next: Eat Like a Local in Guatemala, Honduras & Belize

A while back, I mentioned that I freelance for a travel company here in Guatemala, but I never really talked about what exactly I do. Please put down the gun. I swear that I’m not going to bore you to death with a job summary now. I would, however, like to share with you one […]

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Score One for McDonald’s

In the States, I never eat at McDonald’s. Here in Guatemala, it’s kind of my thing–and not because of the McNuggets, fries, or burgers. Instead, I stalk Mickey D’s for its McConos: the soft-serve ice cream that’s sold in a cone or a cup for just 3.50 quetzals (less than 50 cents). Unlike most ice […]

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Guatemala Eats: Chuchitos

Anytime I traveled to the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, as a Peace Corps volunteer nearly a decade ago (ack!), it seemed I would always encounter someone on a city bus selling “bombachas y algogos.” Say that out loud—bombachas y algogos—and tell me that you wouldn’t have wanted both, no matter what they were.

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