Guatemala was my first “solo travel” experience.
I was 17 years old and decided I wanted to learn Spanish somewhere unique. Back then, 14 years ago, nobody I knew had ever been to Guatemala so that sounded exotic enough to me!
So off I went: to Guatemala for 6 weeks with 2 weeks of Spanish classes planned and 4 weeks to explore, maybe volunteer somewhere or who knows…
It turned out to be my most memorable travel experience! My first time leaving Europe, my first time in a developing country with a culture so different from my own… It’s an experience I will never forget.
Guatemala and its people will forever have a special place in my heart.
If you are looking for somewhere friendly, beautiful, interesting and affordable to explore on your next trip then you don’t want to miss out on Guatemala!
5 Places You Must Visit in Guatemala
1. San Juan La Laguna, Lake Atitlán
Located on the southern shore of Lake Atitlán, the community of San Juan is almost 95% Tz’utujil, one of the 22+ different indigenous Maya groups living in Guatemala today. The town itself is nothing short of charming with vibrant murals painted along the walls of the steeply inclined road that looks out over Central America’s deepest lake. Here in San Juan you can participate in a variety of free workshops to learn more about the local culture, history and economy be it through a coffee tour, chocolate making demonstration or a tour of a medicinal plant garden.
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