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Guatemala Trip Journal

Joe and I took this Guatemala tour because it was a place neither of us had visited in Latin America. I got to use my Spanish skills, hike a volcano, see Mayan ruins, and swim in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!

Fountain
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Jennifer Barile
Our last day! Pretty tired from our big day yesterday, we boarded out last shuttle for Guatemala City this morning. About a four-hour drive, we arrive at the Biltmore Express Hotel in Zone 10 of …
Joe at the fountain in the main plaza
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Jennifer Barile
Early to rise this morning for our big Day of Adventure! We booked a tour to visit Semuc Champey, a national park about two hours away from Coban. Difficult to get to, but well worth it! We arrive …
Volcano looming overhead
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Jennifer Barile
Had breakfast at our hotel, and were picked up at 9:00 AM for our shuttle to Coban. We picked up some other travelers along the way, and took a gorgeous 5-hour drive to Coban. We drove through lush …
Wonderful detail in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
Up early and picked up at 7:30 AM at our hotel for out tour to Tikal. Our driver picked us up in a very nice shuttle van complete with air-conditioning. We went to the Flores airport to pick up two …
View in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
In the morning we took a long, hot walk to the Castillo de San Felipe (castle), which sits along the Rio Dulce and Lago de Izabal. You can tour the castle for a small price, and it looks like one of …
Antigua church
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Jennifer Barile
This morning we took a river tour up the Rio Dulce, which was beautiful! Along the way we stopped to bird-watch and look at the mangrove trees. We stopped at a little restaurant on the river that …
Joe in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
Long day today! We traveled from Antigua to Rio Dulce in a shuttle and then a first class bus. We watched movies (in Spanish/English) and napped along the way. When we arrived in Rio Dulce Town we …
Me with Rina, from Viaventure
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Jennifer Barile
Today we went into Panajachel (Pana) and walked around town exploring the shops. There were a lot of vendors selling textiles and crafts, all beautifully handmade. Next, we took a shuttle (van) …
Cobblestone streets in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
This morning we explored the market here in Santiago de Atitlan and I ate the sweetest watermelon I’ve ever tasted! We visited some of the other towns around the lake (San Pedro and San …
Antigua - Volcano in the background
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Jennifer Barile
Today we did some sightseeing in Antigua – Plaza Central, museums, and then caught our transfer to Lake Atitlan. We arrived at Panajachel, which is the main hub – Where you catch all the …
Hotel Aurora, Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
On our way! Joe and I depart LAX for our overnight flight to Guatemala. Watched some movies, slept, and before we knew it, we were in Guatemala City! It was a bit odd to see the airport staff …