Posts tagged guatemala
Spanish Colonial Charm in Antigua: The Journey Part 9

Talk to some of the locals in the market. The locals here will give you all kinds of information and many are eager to learn about you and where you come from as well. I find many of the people tending to booths are more likely to talk if you make a purchase (even just a very small one). Start a conversation on whatever you just purchased, or about the market, or life in Antigua! Just get the courage to talk! The same goes for photos. Don't just walk up and snap pictures of them in the market working. It is considered rude. How would you feel if someone did it to you? Uncomfortable? Annoyed? Well, they are human beings too so respect their privacy as you would your own. I usually make a purchase and then ask politely if they mind if I take a photo. Most are accommodating but don't be offended if they decline.

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San Marcos: The Zen of Lake Atitlan and The Journey Part 8

Get up for the extraordinary sunrises or go out for an amazing sunset. In fact, San Marcos (and Lake Atitlan) has some of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever witnessed. During the cool mornings there is a smokey haze that surrounds the lake which is highlighted by the red tones in the sky during the sunset. The volcanoes around the lake bring a beautiful background to the entire scene. Early in the morning, the lake is very still and quiet so you get the reflections of the colorful sky and the beautiful volcanoes on the water. It is just so beautiful it is hard to put into words. Often in the mornings, there will be nobody else around so you get the added peace of having this beautiful scene to yourself.

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San Pedro La Laguna: Lake Atitlan and The Journey Part 7

My heart pounding, I took several steps and then stopped to listen for any sounds that could tell me what was ahead. I heard nothing but the waves from the lake pounding against the rocks on the shore. I continued to walk down the path until I came to a small tunnel that was even darker. I could see there was a small sign with my hotel name on it but I was still leery of what was ahead.  It was very hot and I was sweating. Suddenly something jumped out in front of me.

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Welcome to Isla de Flores a Most Wonderful Little Town: The Journey Part 4

You can immediately see the difference in the landscape. I was so happy to finally be in Guatemala. You see, Guatemala was the country that made me want to travel through Central America. It was the gem of the region, or at least I was hoping!

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The Plan: Central & South America

Do you plan out every minute of your vacations?  Does it feel stressed and chaotic instead of relaxing?  Are you exhausted by the time your trip is done? Traveling slow without a laid out plan is the best way to take in a culture really get to know a place.  Spend time enjoying what the area and people have to offer without the stress of having to see everything.  You can always go back.

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