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Hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala by Katelyn0 Comments

Antigua is small Spanish colonial city nestled in southern Guatemala surrounded by active volcanoes. From the top of Cero de la Cruz, the small hill just outside of town, you can see the three main volcanoes looming in the background. The most prominent, Volcan de Agua, rises over 12,000 feet just south of the city. To the west sits Acatenango …

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Hostel Review: El Hostal in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala, Hostel Reviews by Katelyn2 Comments

Antigua is a popular tourist destination in Guatemala, so there are plenty of accommodation options ranging from four-star hotels to party hostels. You’ll have no problem finding something in your budget. As a slightly older backpacker, I avoid party hostels at all costs. You won’t find me at Jungle Party Hostal anytime soon! After reading a bunch of reviews and …

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Great Escape Month Two Review: February 2016

In Andorra, Central America, Europe, Great Escape, Guatemala, Honduras, Morocco, Spain by Katelyn0 Comments

February brought me from Central America to Maine to Europe to Africa. It was a whirlwind month of travel and fun. Just thinking back on it makes my head spin. I spent time scuba diving in Honduras, trekking the highlands of Guatemala, eating authentic Spanish tapas, and saw African snow in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. While each experience was …

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Volunteer International Medical Mission Trips: My Experience with International Service Learning

In Central America, college students, Costa Rica, Granada, Medical Mission, Nicaragua, Travel by Katelyn2 Comments

While completing my Masters in Public Health studies I became very interested in international public health. The field of public health is extremely diverse and you can do just about anything from HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and education to healthcare information technology. Despite what many people think, there is a huge public health gap within the United States. Just look at …

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Hiking the Highest Volcano and Zip Lining Costa Rica Jungles

In Adventure, Central America, Costa Rica, Travel by Katelyn10 Comments

Back in May 2011 I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission with International Service Learning, an NGO that offers volunteers practical experience through medicine, education, and community enrichment programs in developing countries in Latin America and Africa. Originally I was planning to go in January 2011, but due to a major snowstorm that shut down the East …

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A Night in the Jungle at Tikal Inn, Guatemala

In Guatemala, Travel by Katelyn0 Comments

For our one splurge night on our Belize/Guatemalan vacation, Lindsay and I stayed at the Tikal Inn in Tikal National Park in Guatemala. Tikal National Park is located in the Peten region of Northern Guatemala and is home to the largest excavated Mayan ruins. Only about 25-30% of the area is uncovered and the rest of the vast ruins lie …