Scenes from around Antigua, Guatemala, an astounding blend of old (magnificent churches, heritages traditions, crumbling ruins) and new (craft cocktails, modern art and design). Surrounded on all sides by volcanoes and hills, the views don’t stop. Read more on what Antigua has to offer in my city guide.
Obras Sociales de Santo Hermano Pedro, one of the many stunning (and often yellow) churches in Antigua’s center.
A sculpture atop Santo Domingo del Cerro, one of the hilltops that border the city.
A cocktail at U’lew, a cutting edge bar that makes and shaves its own ice and uses elements of smoke and fire.
A typical, Ivy-covered house isn a wealthy area of the city.
The Santa Catalina arch, Antigua’s most photographed structure.
The view from Cerro de la Cruz, a short hike up a small hill that overlooks the city.
Artistan markets pop up here and there around the city, sometimes with the benefit of crumbling ruins as the backdrop.
Cantina Royal, a typical, graffiti-covered dive bar in Antigua’s center.
Indigenous women sell jewelry and textile gifts on the sidewalk near the arch.
Continue reading ➞ GALLERY: Antigua, Guatemala
Scenes from around Panajachel, Guatemala, one of many villages set on Lago de Atitlán, a crater lake surrounded by mountains and volcanos, and referred to by many famous travelers as of the most beautiful views in the world.
Read more on Panajachel and its surrounding watery paradise, here.
A boat returns to the docks at sunset in Panajachel.
Vendors sell hot dogs and other snacks at the waterfront.
Kayaking is best done in the morning, when Lago de Atitlán is silky smooth.
Much of the town gets around by motorbike.
Tuk tuks act as the town’s quick, cheap taxis.
A family watches Lago de Atitlán on a perfect sunny day.
The view of the main docks at Panajachel from the water.
Picositas, or beers with spices and pickled shrimp, are a common lakeside drink.
On the walk to the cemetery, pedestrians will pass through the real neighborhoods of Pana.
Continue reading ➞ GALLERY: Panajachel, Guatemala
Scenes from around San Cristóbal de las Casas, a mountainous town in the southern state of Chiapas known for its diverse population and cuisine, it’s cultural bounty and its natural beauty.
Read more about San Cristóbal here.
Surrounded on all sides by hills, there is a picturesque mountain vista waiting down nearly every street in San Cristóbal.
Young fresh figs are sold at the local Municipal market.
A girl chases flocks of pigeons in zócalo, the town’s main square.
Kukulpan, a French-style bakery, makes a host of pastries fresh daily.
Many streets are decorated with little, colorful flags, draped from building to building.
In Chamula, a small, indigenous community near San Cristobal, women sell clothing and other textile goods on the streets.
Like many parts of Mexico, Volkswagen Beetles are very popular.
At a local bar, a rose in a beer bottle.
San Cristóbal is known for its Spanish colonial architecture with sloped, red-tiled roofs.
At the Municipal market, a vendor sells fresh pineapples.
The Mercado de Dulces y Artisenias is a great place to shop for pretty pouches and other gifts.
A woman walks through the back streets of San Cristóbal, shielding her head from the strong sun with an umbrella.
Continue reading ➞ GALLERY: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
Scenes from around Bahías de Huatulco, a coastal town in the state of Oaxaca, known for its nine, beautiful bays and ocean-fresh seafood.
El Violin, a little-known beach frequented mainly by locals.
The whole fried fish at El Grillo Marinero
Casa Mayor boasts a small, open-air coffee shop in the center of Crucecita
Beach visitors can pay about $10 USD to climb aboard a small boat for a 2-hour excursion plus snorkeling, at Playa Arrocito.
A vendor sells seafood cocktails on the street.
Huatulco is known for its bounty of seafood — these are octopus tostadas at La Isla beachfront club.
The view from the cliffside path next to El Faro, the area’s main lighthouse.
El Faro, meaning, simply, lighthouse.
Beachgoers swim off the coast of Playa Entrega.
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Toast and clams, made via Ocracoke Island’s seafood’s always fresh daily bounty.
Ocracoke’s many canals are prime for kayaking.
Pelicans love to hang on Ocracoke Island’s many piers and in the sound.
Kayaking on Ocracoke Island’s back canals is about as peaceful as it gets.
Quaint cottages and docks line Ocracoke Island’s canals.
Quaint cottages and docks line Ocracoke’s back canals.
Continue reading ➞ GALLERY: Ocracoke Island, N.C.