I spent about 2 months (December 2013 – January 2014) in Guatemala. A brief summary of my favorite places:
Lake Atitlan – Gorgeous lake surrounded by volcanoes. This place reminded me of Lake Tahoe. Come here for the fabulous views, the laid-back vibe, the indigenous culture, and the art.
Tikal – Ancient Mayan ruins. These ruins were so special to me because of the jungle setting and all of the fabulous wildlife. I wanted to see a jaguar so bad, but he eluded me.
La Antigua – Colonial City. This is where I spent most of my time in Guatemala, and I was fortunate to live with two different Guatemalan families. I was able to immerse myself in the language and the culture and to spend Christmas and New Year’s with them.
Pacaya Volcano – Horseback riding up an active volcano at sunset. After the sun went down I could see the lava shooting out the top. It was amazing.