14 things I’ve learnt from 14 days in Guatemala

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments


1. You can always fit one more person on a chicken bus

2. Frozen fruit covered in chocolate is the best thing known to man and should be a global phenomenon

3. Climbing a volcano is simultaneously the best and worst thing ever

4. Guatemala is really cold sometimes

5. Tortillas in Guatemala are 99% of the time made of corn, music to my wheat intolerant ears

6. Spoon in Spanish is cuchara. A cockroach is cucaracha

7. Similarly, lawyer is abogado and meatball is albóndiga

8. Making the tea to coffee transition is much easier than I’ve always feared

9. Small earthquakes (more like tremors) happen 2-3 times a week and shouldn’t be reacted to by screaming and jumping under the table

10. You can go halfway around the world, to a city with barely any tourists, and still find a club called ‘pool and beer’ and not be sure whether this coincidentally has a similar name to the shop or if it’s just taking the mick

11. Enrique Iglesias’ album in Spanish sounds 100x better

12. Guatemalans are some of the warmest and friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting

13. Spicy sauce for breakfast at 7am is very normal

14. It’s perfectly socially acceptable to play ‘la bamba’ at all hours, day or night, on repeat….

This country is mad and I love it


  1. Daniela
    March 18, 2016

    My travel list just got longer! But is Guatemala a safe country?
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  2. Claire
    March 19, 2016

    Hey Daniela,

    Guatemala’s got quite a bad rep, and I was a little skeptical before I went out there! But I just took all the necessary precautions and had no problems whatsoever. Give this post a read for a bit more advice: http://www.clairesfootsteps.com/dont-judge-a-country-by-its-statistics/ . Despite its issues, Guatemala is an amazing, vibrant and unique country and I’d recommend a trip to anyone! Claire x

  3. Jillith
    May 3, 2016

    I love Guatemala! You can’t beat black beans, rice, eggs and tortillas covered in Picamas for breakfast. And a nice cold Gallo of course – you’re on holiday after all!

  4. Claire
    May 5, 2016

    YES that sounds like an absolutely amazing breakfast! I could devour one of those right now (despite it being 8:15pm in the evening in the UK…)

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