Guatemala "El País de la Eterna Primavera"

Guatemala completely blew me away and I am thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to work with some of their natives and even meet their families!

                                                                                                              Guatemala "El País de la Eterna Primavera"

Coming from a Latin American country myself, I understand some of the customs and cultures of other Spanish speaking countries but Guatemala completely blew me away! There was so much that I thought I knew but I was completely wrong! Guatemala for me was a very educational trip and I am thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to work with some of their natives and even meet their families!

 

Traveling during the Pandemic has been very confusing some times because things change on a drop of a dime !  I actually had plans to visit back in December 2020 but because of the restrictions and regulations, had to reschedule but knew that it wasn’t a place I wanted to put off for too long.

 

I had been hearing about this country for many years and didn’t become a bucket list agenda up until the fall !  I was scrolling through instagram and kept seeing this yellow church in Antigua and I told myself, I definitely have to make it there. I knew I wasn’t going to have much time to explore because this trip was over a long weekend but like normal,I fully booked my day to make sure I got a chance to see as much as possible.

 

I flew intoGuatemala City and made that my base.  It wasn’t one of the top places on my list of things to do but while I was there,I was able to visit some of the local markets, museums & common central plazas.  It was a beautiful city to see in person after vigorously google searching the country for the past month or so.  

 

One of the highlights of the trip, besides taking the infamous picture in front of the Arco De Santa Catalina, was exploring the town itself.  It is such an antique town but busy and so many restaurants - it almost feels like the set of a movie ! I partnered up with a tour company and was shown all of Antigua from their lavish, luxuriousstays to their hole in the wall bars & restaurants.  Juan Pablo was a huge asset to the trip - he went above and beyond to ensure we had a good time.

 

           Some of the things we did include:

 

           - Lake Atitlan

           - Volcan De Agua(viewing)

           - Santa Maria DeJesus

           - Santa TeresitaHotel & Spa

           - Catedral deCiudad De Guatemala

 

There was a lot more that we did and I could go on for days about it but that’s just to give you an idea ! It was truly amazing getting a chance to see some of these thing sin person and actually, I ran into someone I had been following for years, in person ! That was such a huge surprise and I was so happy to have finally met her. Like always, one of the uber drivers we had, became an incredible friend and showed up around his country in a way that most “tourists” wouldn’t really get the opportunity to do. The humility of the people of this country are definitely one of the main reasons I am going back.

Kevin Sandoval

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