lake atitlan guatemala

The Chicken Bus from Antigua to Panajachel

After a few days spent being grossly romantic in Antigua, it was time for Michael and I to start traveling together in earnest. Our next move was to Lake Atitlan (or Lago de Atitlan). Lake Atitlan is a huge crater lake set between volcanoes in the western highlands of Guatemala. The lake is surrounded by dozens of small Mayan villages that are primarily connected by … Continue reading The Chicken Bus from Antigua to Panajachel

Ataco: El Salvador’s Cartoon Town

After my day of relaxation in Juayua, I was itching to explore more of the country. I decided to spend my last night in the country in Ataco, El Salvador, another small town on the picturesque Ruta de las Flores. Ataco is famous for its unique, cartoon murals. The town is characterized by large swatches of wall decorated with big-eyed, brightly-colored people and animals. I … Continue reading Ataco: El Salvador’s Cartoon Town

Hungover, Limping, and Half-Blind: How My Travel Troubles Began

If you’ve been following my travels through Central America, you’ve probably noticed that the last few months have been a consistent stream of upbeat and enthusiastic posts. It may even seem disingenuous — how can somebody travel for over a month straight and have only glowing reviews of their experience? Admittedly part of that is in the storytelling. The lackluster days and lukewarm meals don’t … Continue reading Hungover, Limping, and Half-Blind: How My Travel Troubles Began