Archive | December, 2012

The Mayan Ceremony for the New B’ak’tun

The spiritual energy was in the air last night. For the first time in 394 years, the Mayans in Guatemala brought in a new b’ak’tun. Ceremonies were held across the country, and in San Pedro la Laguna was no exception. That afternoon, the locals unveiled a replica of a Mayan freize, then played music with […]

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Views of Lake Atitlán from Panajachel

I spent two days staying at a Japanese hostel on the outskirts of Panajachel. The city is the largest on the shores of Lake Atitlán. While some people choose to skip Pana altogether for San Pedro or San Marcos, I chose to see what I could find on the shores of the public beach.

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Losing an ATM Card While Traveling

Don’t carry your ATM card in your wallet. Keep it in a money belt and only take it out when you intend to use it. Put money on a Google Talk or Skype account before you leave the United States. It will cost less than buying a phone card overseas. If you do lose your […]

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San Ignacio Guide: Activities, Restaurants and Nightlife

San Igancio is often times a stopover for travel groups who want to do see the Mayan artifacts inside Actun Tunichil Muknal. But give the city a chance, and you’ll find there’s enough to do to keep you occupied for several days. Things to Do: Cahal Pech – This site of Mayan ruins is a […]

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Christmas Lights in Antigua’s Parque Central

It’s felt like Christmas in Central America for the past couple of weeks, but it certainly feels a bit more like it in Antigua, Guatemala. In Parque Central (Central Park), Christmas lights are wrapped around the trees. The backdrop of the surrounding light from street lamps and the sounds of water from the fountains create […]

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