What is Guatemala known for? Ten things the country does best

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Central America, Guatemala | 111 Comments
What is Guatemala known for? Ten things the country does best

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little bit obsessed with Guatemala. The people, the culture, the fact that they play music at 3am every night… I left a bit of my heart in this nation, and I challenge you to go there and say otherwise. A lot of people have never heard of Guatemala, […]

5 alternative ways to see Antigua, Guatemala

Posted by on Dec 27, 2015 in Central America, Guatemala | 5 Comments
5 alternative ways to see Antigua, Guatemala

Probably Guatemala’s most famous destination, thousands of travellers flock to the colonial city each year to marvel at the delightful architecture and stunning backdrops. Antigua is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. But once you’ve had a walk around and have revelled in the charming old buildings and determined which of the overlooking volcanoes is […]

Is Guatemala Safe? – Don’t Judge a Country by its Statistics

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Guatemala | 44 Comments
Is Guatemala Safe? – Don’t Judge a Country by its Statistics

Guatemala isn’t presented that well in the media. According to British newspapers, violent muggings happen all the time, and there’s apparently a huge homocide rate. It’s hard to imagine why, given these statistics, anyone would go to Guatemala. I was fully aware of this when I booked my flights in March 2015. I was in Guatemala […]

Spanish school in Guatemala – the pros and cons of immersion courses

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Central America, Guatemala, Learning | No Comments
Spanish school in Guatemala – the pros and cons of immersion courses

  After my four weeks at Sol Latino Spanish school in Guatemala, I realised I could have really done with another four months. My Spanish improved no end but to get really really really good, I need to practice so much more. And I want to be really really really good. Spanish school Guatemala – […]

Life Lessons From My Guatemalan Homestay

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Guatemala, Living, People | 3 Comments
Life Lessons From My Guatemalan Homestay

It was the 4th of August. 24 hours earlier, i’d been on the face of Acatenango volcano, and now I was off to meet the family that i’d be living with for the next four weeks. Such is travelling in Guatemala. The shuttle from Antigua to Xela involved taking a collective van to a petrol […]

Cleanse your mind, body and soul in Quetzaltenango

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Guatemala | No Comments

It’s not all eggs and beans: the expat community in Xela has resulted in quite a few health conscious shops and businesses popping up- perfect for if the travelling has made you feel a little groggy and you need to refresh. Here’s the best options I’ve found: 1) Frutopia

All Aboard the Chicken Bus!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Central America, Guatemala | No Comments
All Aboard the Chicken Bus!

Names are quite literal here in Guatemala. A chicken bus is just that – a bus that not just transports humans, but also chickens. They actually began their lives in the USA as school buses; which are auctioned once they reach 150,000 miles or 10 years. They subsequently are towed through Mexico and are revamped […]

Acatenango Hike – difficulty and pain but a pretty amazing view

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Central America, Guatemala | 12 Comments

Hiking in Latin America is an experience like no other. There’s so many different landscapes in this part of the world that it’s hard to pinpoint the best; whether you’re preparing for Patagonia or hiking to Machu Picchu, it’s safe to say that you’ll have an experience you’ll never forget. One of my favourite Latin America […]