Day 324: The Indian Nose

Most people don’t have to squint real hard to make out the figure lying face-up atop the mountains above Lake Atitlán.  With a sloping forehead, eye sockets, clearly distinguishable nose, and puckered lips, the natural profile is generically known as “Indian Nose” in and around the lake’s villages.  According to local Mayan legend, when there…

Day 323: At the water

Lago de Atitlán (Nahuatl for “At the water”) is a stunning volcanic lake in western Guatemala with charming, small towns scattered along its shores.  The villages in the lake region offer a great combination of scenic beauty, a relaxed atmosphere, and lots of available activities like hiking, paragliding, kayaking, and studying Spanish.  The impressive lake…

Day 322: Feeling the heat

At just 19 miles away from Antigua, the popular day trip destination and easily accessible Pacaya volcano is one of the most visited in all of Central America. The short, relatively painless one hour hike up didn’t stop local “horse taxi” owners from offering their services while secretly hoping for someone in our group to…

Day 321: The Golden Arch

The Santa Catalina Arch is the iconic symbol of Antigua and the most recognizable landmark within the city’s historical district. Built in the 17th century to connect a convent and a school, it allowed the nuns to pass from one side of the road to the other undisturbed. A clock was added later in the…

Day 320: Old Guatemala

The beautiful colonial city of La Antigua is Guatemala’s unofficial tourism command center and a must-visit destination. The Spanish capital of the New World for more than 230 years, several earthquakes practically flattened the city so the seat of government was moved to Guatemala City in the late 18th century. Known as the “Old” Guatemala…