The Hike to Indian Nose (and One Epic Sunrise)

One of the more popular (and distinctive) hikes around Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is the climb to Indian Nose. If the name seems vaguely racist, that’s because it is. The silhouette of the cliffs surrounding Indian Nose roughly resemble the profile of a Mayan face. The peak of these cliffs is the tip of the profile’s nose. This “nose” is a particularly popular spot to visit … Continue reading The Hike to Indian Nose (and One Epic Sunrise)

Rum, Cigars, and Maximon, Santiago Atitlan’s Elusive Deity

Santiago Atitlan is the largest city on the banks of the famous Lake Atitlan in Western Guatemala. It has a large, thriving Mayan community and is significantly less touristy than most of the other Atitlan villages. However, it is a destination famous for one sight in particular: Maximon. Maximon (pronounced mash-ee-mon) is a truly fascinating Mayan deity. Also known as San Simon or Rilaj Mam, … Continue reading Rum, Cigars, and Maximon, Santiago Atitlan’s Elusive Deity

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Spanish Classes in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala

The next stop on our tour of Guatemala was a long one: a full week of Spanish lessons in San Pedro la Laguna. San Pedro la Laguna is one of the larger towns on the banks of the mystical Lake Atitlan and serves as the busiest backpacker hub in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. We had chosen San Pedro because it serves as an excellent … Continue reading Spanish Classes in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala

San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan’s Hippie Refuge

Our next stop on Lago de Atitlan was San Marcos la Laguna, a town I had heard mentioned often during my travels in the region. San Marcos is a small Mayan town on the banks of the spiritual lake that has also become a remote haven for hippies. Whatever you’re imagining, up the intensity two fold and you may have an accurate picture of San … Continue reading San Marcos la Laguna, Lake Atitlan’s Hippie Refuge