I’ve remained mum on my travel plans for 2017, but that isn’t to say I don’t have any. Some have been in the works for a while but others were impromptu. So in case the title didn’t alert you, my first trip (that has started by the time this post goes live!) is to Guatemala. My sister recently moved to Antigua, so I’m taking off two weeks to explore the Central American country. This is my first honest-to-god vacation in a while. I’ll definitely have to spend a few days working, but most of my activities will not be sponsored or blogged about. I just hope to enjoy myself, flexing my rusty Spanish, shopping for Mayan crafts, and eating all the food.
My plans are so far flexible, so I’m open to your suggestions as well as transportation tips. I’ll also need your packing advice! Share below.
I’m spending the majority of my time here with my sister, who is doing social media for Ox Expeditions, one of the tour operators in town. I’ll be climbing a volcano with them and exploring the colonial city. I also want to visit the local market and maybe even make it up to the Earth Lodge for lunch. I know there are plenty of great places to stay here and it will be nice to ease into traveling in a more gringo-centric town.
Another must-see is Lake Atitlan. I’ll be splitting my time between Santa Cruz and Panajachel. In Santa Cruz, I want to go scuba diving, as it’s been a few years, and shopping in Panajachel. I’ll also use the touristy town as a base to catch up on work and day trip to the famous Chichicastenango market. If I have time, I’ll take a boat to some of the other villages. This isn’t as much time as I’d like, but I want to see what I can.
Kate won me over with her photos from this water wonderland last year. I know it’s not easy to get to, so I hope to spend two days in town, swimming in the pools and exploring the caves. This area will certainly put me off the grid, which is a good thing. Now I just have to figure out where to stay.
I couldn’t come to Guatemala without visiting its famous ruins, located in the far northern part of the country. It may be tricky to get to, but I’m excited to wander around Tomb Raider-style. I will spend three days here, including one in transit, so may catch a sunrise and a sunset as well as an extra temple. I will probably stay in Flores because of the amenities.
And last but not least, I’ll arrive mid-day here before leaving the next day to go back home. I know it’s not much time in the sprawling capital, but I’ll give it a chance. I’ve been surprised by cities like this before. Alex shared some pictures from one of the hip zonas that I will try to visit.