A Wandering Foreigner

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Antigua, Guatemala: A Mayan Version of Cusco, Peru

When I arrived in Antigua, Guatemala, the first thought that ran through my head was how much it reminded me of Cusco, Peru. There’s an energy to the city that I’ve experienced only in another place: Cusco. Similar to Cusco being the heart and center of the Inca culture, Antigua feels the same for the Mayan heritage. The aliveness and history were immediately felt when I arrived in the city, and I quickly realized how the small yet  ...

Central America, Travel, Travel Planning

Why You’ll Feel Like Indiana Jones When Visiting Tikal Ruins

It’s a well-known fact that I love ruins. I post a bit obsessively about how much I love visiting them; like when I visited Pompeii, Italy, or that time I trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I posted a picture last week on Instagram with a caption I ❤️ ruins, and my friend joked that she’s going to make me a t-shirt with that caption, which I’ll gladly accept and wear with honor. It’s a thing for me. Walking around hundred-year-old  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log

Visiting Semuc Champey: The Journey From Hell That’s Totally Worth It

“The road’s a pain in the a$$ but totally worth it.” That’s what everyone told me when I said I was going to Semuc Champey in Guatemala. They were right. The journey is terrible, no matter where you start. And the last hour is particularly special as you lumber through potholes dodging and swerving around trucks and cars along the narrow, twisting dirt road. The end result when arriving is a small, remote Guatemalan  ...

Central America, Solo Travel, Travel, Travel Log, Travel Planning

Lake Atitlan: Reconnecting with Myself by a Volcanic Lake

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has been high on my list of places to visit for a while now. I think, especially, because I’ve spent so much time on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua that it felt like an obvious assumption I would love Lake Atitlan as well. Lake Atitlan is beautiful, and I did enjoy it. For those of us that may or may not believe it, both Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua and Lake Atitlan offer a similar, spiritual and healing  ...