The Long Views & Maya Altars of San Jorge La Laguna

Burrowed in the mountains above Lake Atitlán and just a 10-minute bus ride from Panajachel, San Jorge La Laguna is a tiny, compact community where locals speak Kachiquel (a Mayan dialect), wear colorful traditional dress, and practice centuries-old Maya customs. Most travelers breeze by San Jorge en route to Panajachel, but there are two great […]

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Escape from Pana! (or The DIY Corn Maze)

If there’s ever a good month to get lost in a corn field, it’s surely October. These 31 days are practically dedicated to corn mazes, scarecrows, and pumpkin patches–except, that is, in Guatemala.

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On Hair

Shon wasn’t a fan of my last blog post. He said the Semana Santa part was fine but that he didn’t like my “hating on Lake Atitlán.” To which I responded, “Well, I don’t like your beard.” I welcome constructive criticism with open arms.

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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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Meet Sam.

We all know where babies come from. Storks deliver them to your doorstep. Apparently, it works much the same way with Guatemalan street dogs.

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