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The True Atitlan: Looking Past the Keychains and Travel Agencies

When you first arrive at Lake Atitlan, you most likely land in Panajachel, the tourism heart of Atitlan. Storefronts, vendors, art galleries, and restaurants draw you in with their brightly colored tapestries, ethnic foods, and photographs of dirty, starving children with snot covering their noses and big, brown eyes that just make you want to […]

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A Brief Guide To San Marcos La Laguna

One of my favorite weekend activities while living on the lake was heading over to San Marcos for some indulgence and self love. San Marcos is famous for its large population of yogi expats who have settled down on the shores of Atitlan, which many claim to be one of the most spiritual places in […]

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The Best Night Life in Panajachel

Of all of the towns around the lake, Panajachel definitely has the most diverse nightlife. On weekends, you are sure to find live music in many different venues, a handful of clubs, and restaurants that shift to bars and the evening goes on. Here are Panajachel’s most popular nighttime hangouts. Bars 1. La Palapa, Calle […]

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Another Sun Sets On Lake Atitlan

The sun was on the verge of vanishing. It was moving faster and faster towards it’s home under the horizon when it simply stopped. Now it’s just sitting there, perched on its’ volcanic mountain ridge. I remove my sunglasses and stare directly into the fire. The sun is motionless. I concentrate, making every effort to […]

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Staying Safe Around Lake Atitlan

Okay, so I’m sure you’ve been wondering about it. After all, Central America isn’t widely known as the safest region in the world. And Guatemala does have a violent history, especially in the ’80s and ’90s during the civil war. Unfortunately, many people still associate the country with its violent past, and some even warn […]

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What It’s Like To Volunteer In Guatemala

One of the the many draws to Lake Atitlan are the dozens of nonprofits and international schools around the lake. The large indigenous population in the surrounding communities, along with the beautiful lakeside setting, makes Atitlan the ideal location for nonprofits and the young volunteers they rely on. I spent six months living and volunteering […]

Staying Safe Around Lake Atitlan

Okay, so I’m sure you’ve been wondering about it. After all, Central America isn’t widely known as the safest region in the world. And Guatemala does have a violent history, especially in the ’80s and ’90s during the civil war. Unfortunately, many people still associate the country with its violent past, and some even warn […]