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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

Antigua, a Colonial Dream Amidst the Volcanoes

Antigua, Guatemala is an entirely unique experience. This small city is a masterpiece of Spanish colonial architecture, a cobblestoned, pastel-toned, massive-stone-edifice dotted dreamscape. What’s more, Antigua is plopped poetically in a valley surrounded on three sides by volcanoes. The views of decorative architecture backed by volcanic peaks is simply unmatched. As a result of being so picturesque, Antigua is Guatemala’s biggest tourist town. It’s dotted … Continue reading Antigua, a Colonial Dream Amidst the Volcanoes

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Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala: An Unforgettable Celebration

Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful, intense, outlandish, inspiring, and overwhelming events you will ever experience. Semana Santa is the Spanish translation for Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter Sunday. In a tradition introduced by the Spanish imperialists, Latin American churches host elaborate processions and celebrations during every day of Semana Santa. Nowhere in Central America are the … Continue reading Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala: An Unforgettable Celebration

Mombacho Volcano: Nicaragua’s Greatest Rip-off?

One of our days in Granada, Nicaragua, Randi and I left the city for a daytrip to Volcan Mombacho. Mombacho is an inactive volcano that is home to coffee farms and cloud forests.  Our day started out by shamelessly embracing our tourist status and going ziplining over a coffee farm halfway up the volcano. We only realized once we arrived that we had purchased tickets … Continue reading Mombacho Volcano: Nicaragua’s Greatest Rip-off?

Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City

The old colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua sits on the shores of the behemoth Lake Nicaragua, the same lake that houses the splendiferous Isla de Ometepe. Granada and Ometepe seem worlds apart, though: with its pastel colonial buildings and cobbled pedestrian streets, Granada feels like a European city set to a soundtrack of salsa and merengue. Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Nicaragua, … Continue reading Hakuna Granada: Nicaragua’s Oldest Colonial City