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Location: Panajachel

Day 1 - 10 Feb 2022

Panajachel

Panajachel, Panajachel
Panajachel, Panajachel
Panajachel, Panajachel

Content: Welcome to Guatemala, the land of volcanoes! I began my trip in lake Atitlán, in a town called Panajachel. Panajachel has a beautiful view over the lake where you can see two volcanoes. It's a small town so a day or two is enough to see everything.

Comedor EL BUEN GUSTO

Panajachel, Comedor EL BUEN GUSTO

Content: I'd recommend eating out at one of the local restaurants. Try pupusas. They're a common dish in Guatemala.

Location: Panajachel

Day 2 - 11 Feb 2022

Reserva Natural Atitlán

Panajachel, Reserva Natural Atitlán
Panajachel, Reserva Natural Atitlán
Panajachel, Reserva Natural Atitlán

Content: During the second day of your stay in Panajachel you could take a tuktuk ride to the nature reserve. There's a hiking track with hanging bridges, butterfly sanctuary and if you're feeling adventurous you can go ziplining on top of the rainforest and have amazing views over the lake Atitlán.

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 3 - 12 Feb 2022

San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
San Pedro La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
San Pedro La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
San Pedro La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna
San Pedro La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna

Content: After exploring Panajachel, take a boat to the other side of the lake to San Pedro. San Pedro is more cute, has many amazing restaurants and if you're looking for improving your Spanish, San Pedro has many language schools. There's a big Israelis community living in San Pedro and you can see it from the numerous Israeli restaurants.

Pita Sabij

San Pedro La Laguna, Pita Sabij

Content: Try pita breads for lunch at Pita Sabij. They're the best and the restaurant is very cute.

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 4 - 13 Feb 2022

Embarcadero para ATITLAN

San Pedro La Laguna, Embarcadero para ATITLAN

Content: Take a boat from Embarcadero para Atitlán to Santiago Atitlán. It's the biggest town on the lake and home to indigenous people.

Location: Santiago Atitlán

Day 4 - 13 Feb 2022

Santiago Atitlán

Santiago Atitlán, Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán, Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán, Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán, Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán, Santiago Atitlán

Content: In Santiago take a tuktuk tour around the town. The driver will take you to the four sights including the church, some view points and to the wooden man statue that changes its place every year. He will also tell you about the history.

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 5 - 14 Feb 2022

Cooperativa Spanish School

San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School
San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School

Content: Start of the classes at Cooperativa Spanish school in San Pedro. In the school you can choose how many hours per day you want to study (I chose 3 hours) and if you want to stay in a home stay. I'd definitely recommend staying with a local family. The homestay includes a private room, wifi and three meals each day.

Location: Santa Clara la Laguna

Day 6 - 15 Feb 2022

ROSTRO MAYA - INDIAN NOSE

Santa Clara la Laguna, ROSTRO MAYA - INDIAN NOSE
Santa Clara la Laguna, ROSTRO MAYA - INDIAN NOSE
Santa Clara la Laguna, ROSTRO MAYA - INDIAN NOSE

Content: Sunrise hike to Indian nose. Take a guided tour from the town. The shuttle will bring you to the starting point of the hike and the hike up to the viewpoint takes only 30min. The views are stunning over the lake and the volcanos. On a clear day you can see the volcano Fuego erupting in the distance.

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 6 - 15 Feb 2022

Cooperativa Spanish School

San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School
San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School

Content: Afternoon Spanish classes.

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 7 - 16 Feb 2022

Cooperativa Spanish School

San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School
San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School

Content: Spanish classes

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 8 - 17 Feb 2022

Cooperativa Spanish School

San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School
San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School

Content: Spanish classes

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 9 - 18 Feb 2022

Cooperativa Spanish School

San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School
San Pedro La Laguna, Cooperativa Spanish School

Content: Last day of classes

Location: San Pedro La Laguna

Day 10 - 19 Feb 2022

Estadio "Bella Vista", San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna, Estadio "Bella Vista", San Pedro La Laguna

Content: If you have a chance and there's a football game during your time in San Pedro. Go watch a game at the Estadio Bella Vista. Going to take game is already worth it for the amazing views of the mountains around the stadium. Also, the atmosphere is awesome during the game. It's a fun experience even if you're not a fan of soccer.

The Fifth Dimension

San Pedro La Laguna, The Fifth Dimension

Content: Have lunch at the Fifth Dimension vegetarian restaurant. Big portions and delicious dishes. And beautiful view over the lake.

Location: Travel Day

Day 11 - 20 Feb 2022

Panajachel

Travel Day, Panajachel
Travel Day, Panajachel

Content: Travel Day San Pedro to Antigua Take a ferry to Panajachel. And a shuttle from Panajachel to Antigua.

Location: Antigua

Day 12 - 21 Feb 2022

Spanish Academy Antiguena

Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena
Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena

Content: Antiguena Spanish academy is one of the most popular Spanish schools in Antigua. They also offer homestay and you can choose between room with a shared or private bath. The private bath is a bit more expensive but usually the families and food are better. I tried both but preferred my experience with the family that offered private bath. I took classes for one week, 4hours a day. The classes are held outside in a beautiful garden.

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 12 - 21 Feb 2022

La Bruja

Antigua Guatemala, La Bruja

Content: Have lunch at La Bruja. Vegan restaurant. Delicious food.

Location: Antigua

Day 13 - 22 Feb 2022

Spanish Academy Antiguena

Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena
Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena

Content: Another day of classes.

Location: Las Palmas

Day 13 - 22 Feb 2022

Frank Arango Salsa Studio

Las Palmas, Frank Arango Salsa Studio

Content: Free salsa class every Tuesday night at 17:00 at Las Palmas restaurant and bar. The teacher, Frank, is awesome.

Maya Papaya

Las Palmas, Maya Papaya

Content: Hostel recommendation: If you don't want to stay in a homestay, I can recommend staying in the Maya Papaya hostel. The location is great and hostel very pretty and chill. There's a bar but it's not a party hostel. Clean hostel with comfortable beds and breakfast is included.

Location: Antigua

Day 14 - 23 Feb 2022

Spanish Academy Antiguena

Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena
Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena

Content: Spanish classes

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 14 - 23 Feb 2022

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala
Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala

Content: Get lost in the colourful streets of Antigua.

The Purpose Hostel

Antigua Guatemala, The Purpose Hostel
Antigua Guatemala, The Purpose Hostel

Content: Another hostel recommendation: The Purpose Hostel Nice hostel with a rooftop.

Location: Antigua

Day 15 - 24 Feb 2022

Spanish Academy Antiguena

Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena
Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena

Content: Spanish classes

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 15 - 24 Feb 2022

Somos

Antigua Guatemala, Somos

Content: Another hostel recommendation: Somos hostel Nice common areas, clean, comfy beds with curtains, shared kitchen and a jacuzzi!!

Location: Antigua

Day 16 - 25 Feb 2022

Spanish Academy Antiguena

Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena
Antigua, Spanish Academy Antiguena

Content: Last day of classes

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 16 - 25 Feb 2022

Cerro de La Cruz

Antigua Guatemala, Cerro de La Cruz

Content: A beautiful viewpoint over Antigua.

Location: Acatenango

Day 17 - 26 Feb 2022

Acatenango

Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango
Acatenango, Acatenango

Content: A must do in Guatemala: Acatenango Volcano hike The hike goes up to 3472m where the Basecamp is located. If you want to hike up all the way to the top of volcán Acatenango, there's a sunrise hike to the top the next morning starting at 4am. It's worth it for the amazing views.

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 17 - 26 Feb 2022

Soy Tours Antigua

Antigua Guatemala, Soy Tours Antigua
Antigua Guatemala, Soy Tours Antigua
Antigua Guatemala, Soy Tours Antigua
Antigua Guatemala, Soy Tours Antigua
Antigua Guatemala, Soy Tours Antigua

Content: I did the hiking tour with Soy Tours. The agency offers everything needed for the hike: a guide, warm clothing, food, sleeping bag and a tent. From the Basecamp you have the view of Fuego erupting.

Location: Acatenango

Day 18 - 27 Feb 2022

Acatenango

Acatenango, Acatenango

Content: Hike back down the volcano and celebrate with your new friends of the amazing hike you just did.

Location: Antigua Guatemala

Day 19 - 28 Feb 2022

Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala

Content: That's a wrap! Nearly three amazing weeks spent in Guatemala. After learning some Spanish it's time to fly home or like me continue the Central America trip. Next stop: Nicaragua.