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Volcan Tajumulco– 13, 845 ft (4, 220 m)

On May 21, 2011, just before 6am, I stood atop Mt. Tajamulco, the highest point in Guatemala and in fact the highest point in all of Central America. I was with my friend Elyse and our friend and guide Josue (Patza), whose dad Eduardo owns Kaqchikel Tours in Quetzaltenango “Xela.” For me and Elyse, it […]

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My best timing so far on Volcan Pacaya

Volcan Pacaya (8,373 ft) erupted on May 27th, 2010, approximately 20 miles southwest of Guatemala City. On May 18, 2011, I took a bus ride 1 hour outside of Antigua, and hiked up the same mountain. For a traveler like myself, famous for bad timing in terms of weather and always missing glimpses of natural […]

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Photo Essay: The picture I didn’t take…

…just might have changed my entire life, had I actually had the gall to take it. I can just see it now. The editors at National Geographic would be falling all over themselves right about now, racing to see who could be first to get his or her paws on this picture from my camera. […]

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Indian Nose: Finally something worth seeing and doing on Lago Atitlan in the foggy rain season.

I was saying there isn´t much to do in Panajachel after you have strolled alongside the vendors´ stands and checked out some of the trendier restaurants. I also mentioned how I couldn´t see from one side of the lake to the other. In the attempt to remedy this problem, I took the 25-minute lancha ride […]

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Chichicastenango. Yes, this is a real word.

After the disappointment with the monja blanca, I made it to Guatemala City the same day. It was too late to keep going west to Lago Atitlan, so I was going to be spending the night. I felt perfectly safe in ¨Guate¨ during the day, but I was told by many to not even try […]

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Guatemalan orchids… and more bad timing

This post is for Aunt Annie, because at the beginning of every spring, Lisa (Shane´s mom) makes me go around her garden with my camera and then send pictures to Aunt Annie to show her how things are coming along. Long story short, I was on my way down towards Guatemala City from Semuc Champey, […]

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Zephyr Lodge in Lanquin, and Semuc Champey

As you know from my last post, I had made it to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, via the boat across El Golfete from Livingston. To me, it didn´t seem as if there was anything to do there, so I wanted to continue on in the same day. My friend Elyse, however, arrived in Rio Dulce about […]

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The coolest way to get from Belize to Guatemala!

I know I’ve already mentioned that I got from Belize to Guatemala by taking a little “lancha” (boat) from Punta Gorda, Belize, to Livingston, Guatemala. You pay your Belize exit tax in PG, and when you get to Guatemala, you have to get your passport stamped. I actually got to Guatemala at Puerto Barrios, because […]

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So that´s what it looks like behind a waterfall

Believe it or not, it just about almost wasn´t worth it to hike out to Los Siete Altares in Livingston, Guatemala, on the Caribbean coast. In Placencia, Belize, I ran into my friend Anoosh, a girl I had met on Caye Caulker. We took the boat ride together from Punta Gorda to Livingston and stayed […]

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