Guatemala has been inhabited by thousands of years and remains of those civilization can be found all around the country.
The best known civilization is the Maya, but the Pacific Coast was an important trade route that gave raise to other cultures like the Monte Alto or the Cotzumalhuapa. Archaeological artifacts of these cultures litter the Pacific plains to the South.
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Guatemalans come up with some interesting and entertaining names for business. (more…)
To all my friends on the U.S.A.’s Eastern Coast; let me tell you, you are just a five hours flight and an hour drive from this.
Laguna del Pino is a beautiful and peaceful lagoon, less than an hour drive from Guatemala City.
Its waters are calm and clean, so clear you can see the bottom, even from the deepest point.
The water is perfect for swimming, though I would advice not venturing way off shore, there are a lot of seaweeds and one can easily get tangle up with them.
There is a healthy population of fish here, and on weekends, local fishermen offer their daily catch to visitors for a great price. There are large prawns too, they look delicious, I really hate I was not ready for cooking. Local children were catching them and they had a plastic bag full of them. I’ll try them next time I visit the area.
This place is great for a family barbecue, rafting or canoeing, or my favorite; snorkeling. Oh, and if you do snorkeling, you can catch lots of mollusk for a great soup or ceviche.
This volcano is located in the province of Santa Rosa, South/East of Guatemala City, roughly an hour and a half drive.
The summit is covered by large trees, which obstruct most of the view. This, as many other important Guatemalan volcanoes, is inside a private property, surrounded by coffee trees. This month (February) is great for visiting the area. Coffee grains are ripe, and you should try picking them on your way and eating them. They are incredibly sweet and chewing the seed becomes addictive. There is a sulfur lagoon short from the summit of the volcano. This is great to exfoliate your skin, of course, if you don’t mind the smell of rotten eggs. And the lagoon is accessible by car, a few steps on the side of the road. Oh, one more thing; avocado trees are abundant in the area and they give a very delicious fruit. I spent some time collecting a few of them, which where great. Just bring salt, limes and a few tortillas and you’ll have a exquisite snack on your road up the volcano.