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I’m writing this on Monday, on a bus bound for the Belize border, and in about an hour or so, I will leave Guatemala behind after about three and a half months in your clutch.
In a way, it feels as though I am leaving home. What a wild journey it has been.
I showed up to your border in August, thinking I might spend a week or two with you before continuing south through Central America.
That joke was most certainly on me.
Instead, I fell in love with your architecture, your culture, your landscapes; your passion and patience, your intelligence, your liberal smiles.
I swam in your lakes, I shopped in your markets, I walked up your hills, I fell in love with your people. And I found I couldn’t leave.
Continue reading ➞ Live Inspired: my love letter to Guatemala
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