Articles by our Guatemala travel advisors

Discovering Tecpan, Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, June 14, 2024

A Hidden Gem for Adventurers and Culture Enthusiasts

Two hours from Guatemala City and nested in the highland, Tecpan is a charming town that offers a blend of abundant history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural beauty.

Some of the things you can do in Tecpan are:

A Look into Guatemala History – Iximche: One of Tecpan’s main attractions is the ancient Mayan ruins of Iximche, the former capital of the Kaqchikel Maya kingdom. Founded in 1465, Iximche served as an important political and cultural center before the Spanish conquest. Nowadays, tourists can wander through the remnants of this historic site, exploring ancient plazas, temples, and ball courts. The site also offers amazing views of the surrounding highlands, making it a great spot for photography enthusiasts.

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Guatemala! Emerging as a Premier Tourist Destination

by Ana Cetina, May 10, 2024

Guatemala, nestled in the heart of Central America shimmers like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Often overshadowed by its more popular neighbors, this captivating country is rapidly becoming a must-visit destination for adventurers seeking authentic experiences and natural wonders like Lake Atitlan, Pacaya Volcano and Semuc Champey.

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Hobbitenango

A Hidden Gem near Antigua Guatemala – Hobbitenango

Nestled between lush vegetation, tucked away the mountains near Antigua Guatemala, lies a destination straight out of a fantasy novel: Hobbitenango. Let yourself be enchanted by a experience that transports you into the whimsical world of J.J.R. Rolkien’s Middle-earth.

At Hobbitenango you will find two restaruants, 26 district areas to explore, and 3 hobbit-style houses where you can stay. There is no Wi’Fi, so be prepair to be disconnected from the world like a Hobbit!

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Dining with a View: Exploring some of Antigua Guatemala’s Spectacular Restaurants

by Ana Cetina, March 13, 2024

Antigua Guatemala, nestled among breathtaking landscapes in Guatemala, offers more than just interesting history and colonial charisma. The city, with its cobblestone streets and colorful facades, is also home to an array of fine restaurants boasting not only delicious cuisine but also captivating views that will leave you speechless. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner setting or a picturesque spot to savor local delicacies, Antigua has something for every taste. Let’s embark on a culinary journey through some of the most delicious restaurants in the vicinity.

  1. Café Sky: Rooftop Dining Overlooking the Ruins

Placed on top of a colonial building, Café Sky has a panoramic view of Antigua’s iconic landmarks, including the majestic ruins of churches and convents. As you indulge in their diverse menu featuring international and Guatemalan dishes, you’ll be treated to a visual feast of the city’s enchanting skyline. Be sure to visit during sunset for an unforgettable dining experience as the sky transforms into a canvas of vibrant hues.

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Savoring the Soul of Guatemala: A Culinary Adventure

by Ana Cetina, Sept 22, 2023

One thing that strikes me as I sit here thinking about what I should write for my next blog post: the outstanding food of Guatemala. Let me try to take you through a fascinating voyage of flavors, from crowded market booths to beautiful family kitchens.

Humble Beginnings: Corn, the Maya Staple
The strong maize is the foundation of Guatemalan cuisine’s rich legacy. Here, corn, or “maíz,” represents identity and nutrition and is more than just a simple crop. It can be found in almost every meal, from tamales wrapped in banana leaves waiting to be opened like culinary gifts to tortillas that hug the flavors of each dish. Read more…

10 Reasons to Travel to Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Jul 5, 2023

Guatemala is a wonderful country, most of the time, overlooked by many people. But there are infinite reasons why you should add this tiny little country to your bucket list! Here, we share with you our top ten reasons to book your next flight to Guatemala:

The extensive Mayan heritage is present in Guatemala, where ancient ruins, archeological sites, and indigenous populations provide a window into the interesting past and culture of this ancient civilization.

Apart from the most popular archaeological sites in the country such as Tikal, Yaxhá and El Mirador, in Guatemala there are thousands of remains of undiscovered Mayan cities. The sensation of passing by places where there is a temple that was used for many years in the past as a ceremonial center is impressive! Especially in the lowlands, where, on the way, you can feel a special energy because of all the history of the region

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Holy Week in Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Mar 28, 2023

Holy Week in Guatemala is considered one of the most important celebrations of the country. Processions are carried on the shoulders of the bearers (called “Cucuruchos”) who wear purple gowns or black suites all over the country, in some of the processions you will also find people dressed like romans or penitents. The biggest processions are found in Guatemala City and Antigua Guatemala.

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Positive footprint during your visit to Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, February 6, 2021

Talking about leaving a positive footprint in the country you are visiting is a must nowadays. Caring about the planet is important and a bit difficult when traveling, but not impossible. Taking the necessary steps to care about your CO2 emission can be as easily as selecting outdoor activities.

Travel with an Eco-friendly Tour company. Easier said than done! Just look for companies that share their commitment to the environment and support local communities. If you are not sure, you can ask them what they do, like promote local guides, consume local products, don´t use plastic, etc. Sustainable tourism is the best way to travel. Look for companies with the Q seal, this is given by the Guatemalan Tourism Board to companies implementing high quality and sustainability standards in their operations and services.

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Music in Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, Jul 28, 2020

Guatemalan music is not very well known in the world, but it is an important part of Guatemala and its history. The music culture in Guatemala is very broad and these few lines do not cover everything. I hope to intrigue the reader enough to learn more about Guatemalan Culture in general.

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Volunteerism Guatemala

by Ana Cetina, August 24, 2020

Participating in a volunteer program can be as diverse as Guatemala itself. Volunteering opportunities exist for healthcare projects, housing and construction programs, community in development, and at local school or at an orphanage – it all depends on your preferences.

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