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The Ultimate Guatemala Highland Trek

In Guatemala, Hiking by Katelyn1 Comment

“Are we there yet?” I’ve mentally asked myself that a hundred times already over the course of three days. We hadn’t moved far in the last five seconds since I last asked myself that annoying question only five-year-olds ask their parents in the car. Forty-five kilometers is a long friggin’ way. I continued to huff and puff my way up …

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Hostel Review: Hostal Antigua

In Central America, Guatemala, Hostel Reviews by KatelynLeave a Comment

From the infamous party hostel, Jungle Party Hostal, to the eco-friendly, Home Earth Lodge, backpackers have a huge range of hostels to choose from in the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Hostal Antigua is either of those hostels. During my travels through Guatemala during winter 2016, I stayed at two different hostels. I loved my stay at El Hostal and …

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8 Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala by Katelyn3 Comments

Most backpackers and travelers skip Guatemala City and head straight to the colonial city of Antigua. With its cobblestone streets, colorful and often decaying buildings, leafy plazas, and surrounding volcanos, how can you not spend a few days in Antigua? Whether you only spend 48 hours or several months, there are tons of things to do in Antigua, Guatemala. Located …

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Hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala

In Central America, Guatemala by KatelynLeave a Comment

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 KatelynLeave a Comment

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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A Night in the Jungle at Tikal Inn, Guatemala

In Guatemala, Travel by KatelynLeave a Comment

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 …