What to Do in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , May 5th, 2018

Lake Atitlan - The Globetrotter Guys

When we started our blog, we wanted to make sure that we documented the best in “adventure activities” in as many places as possible. Naturally, this means we have to try as many of these activities out ourselves as we can! One of our favourite places in Central America both in terms of beauty, but also for things to do, is Lake Atitlan. It’s the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts, with so many activities to choose from. Here are our top picks for what to do in Lake Atitlan!

Where did we stay?

It’s worth us starting off by saying that we chose to stay in San Pedro la Laguna. We found a beautiful AirBnB (read here exactly why AirBnB can be the cheapest and best option!)

There are towns and villages spread out on all sides of the lake, but we had read that San Pedro has a little more to offer in terms of bars, restaurants, and shops. It is also a good place to base yourself whilst enjoying one of the many activities, as there are lots of travel agencies where you can book what you want to do.

What to do in Lake Atitlan?

1) Hike Volcan San Pedro: Volcan San Pedro is a dormant volcano, located off the shore of Lake Atitlan. It stands 3020 metres / just short of 10,000 ft looming above the village of San Pedro la Laguna which sits at its base. This was the first volcano we had ever attempted, so we opted to book through one of many agencies in San Pedro to include the round-trip transport, our national park entrance fee, and a guide all the way to the summit.

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Gay Guatemala – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , April 9th, 2018

Gay Guatemala - The Globetrotter Guys

Gay Guatemala? We had not been able to find much about ‘gay Guatemala’ at all on Google. However, when we were in Flores, Guatemala, we received an Instagram message from a gay couple living in Guatemala City, Maikel and Jorge. They invited us to take a guided tour of the city and then offered to drive us to Antigua. At first, we were slightly wary as your parents tell you not to meet strangers off the Internet! However, we are very glad we did, and as a result we gained two new friends!

Maikel and Jorge were a lovely couple and we had a great day with them. We learnt a lot about Guatemala City and had a fun tour of the bars with them once we arrived in Antigua. We are very glad that they messaged us! During our day out we asked Maikel and Jorge if we could interview them to learn about being LGBT in Guatemala, here is what they had to say:

Firstly, would you like to introduce yourselves?

We are Jorge and Maikel. We are a gay couple and got married 10 months ago in México City. The marriage ceremony was great and we had all our friends and family there. We have been together for 2.5 years and it has been great so far!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jenna’s River B&B, Panajachel, Guatemala

Author: , August 20th, 2015

Jenna's River B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Jenna’s B&B aims to be your home away from home. The small town of Panajachel is a mile above sea level on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala! Although we are in a quiet location we are still close to restaurants, and docks from which to take the water taxies and explore the Mayan villages around the lake.

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Souvenirs to Buy at Guatemala’s Chichicastenango Market

Author: , June 18th, 2015

Guatemala Market

Guatemala is famous for the vividly colored handwoven textiles that locals expertly craft into everything from hammocks to purses. And there’s no better place to shop for these fashion finds than at Central America’s largest indigenous market in Chichicastenango, a highland community two hours north of Guatemala City. Rivaling the most extensive of malls and unfolding on the cobblestone streets of the central plaza Thursdays and Sundays, the market draws more than 300 vendors from all over the country. A vast array of wares — including handcrafted instruments, baskets, ceramics, blankets, and produce — fill the stalls from every angle. But what to buy? For those shoppers keen on souvenirs that reflect Guatemala’s rich Mayan heritage, here are our five key picks.

1. Handwoven Scarf

Scarfs are chic and versatile. In virtually anywhere in the world, anyone can wear them on their neck, around their shoulders, on their head — the options are endless. At the Chichicastenango market, you’ll want a handcrafted scarf. Be on the lookout for machine-made knockoffs by examining the sides and underside of the cloth; there should be telltale loops and threads that indicate that the scarf was created on a loom. Arrive early, before 10 a.m., for the best selection and fewer crowds. And haggling is expected, so don’t accept the first marked-up offer.

2. Tablecloth or Runner

A beautifully designed tablecloth — which can also double as a wall hanging — makes a lovely gift or the perfect souvenir. The pieces run from plain woven fabrics to fanciful embroidered motifs, and they’re of course typically priced much cheaper here than anything you’ll find stateside. Browse through the bold colors and designs, comparing the size of the cloths to make sure it’s a good fit for the table you’re considering.

By Rosalind Cummings-Yeates
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Antigua, Guatemala Off the Beaten Path

Author: , March 19th, 2014

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from Google Maps

Most travelers in Guatemala head straight to Antigua for the Volcan Pacaya, the area’s most popular attraction. But there’s much more to explore in and around the city. From learning the art of chocolate making to immersing yourself in artisan culture to enjoying free live music shows, Antigua has a little bit of something for everyone. Here are a few simple suggestions to help you plan your trip…

Guatemala is well-known for its quality chocolate. Spend a few hours getting your sweet fix of chocolate history and trivia (and, of course, free samples) at the ChocoMuseo, which brings ancient Maya’s cacao culture to life. Here, learn how the Mayans worshipped the cacao tree (including naming it the “food of the gods”) and also consumed it for its aphrodisiac properties. If you have a particularly strong sweet tooth, we recommend enjoying a chocolate fondue in the courtyard or making some treats of your own in a two-hour chocolate workshop.

Authored By Jessica Festa – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Guatemala is Gay-temala

Author: , June 14th, 2013

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In a world economy, one of the biggest considerations in international travel is how strong your buying power is overseas. While Europe can be pricey, the world in the other Americas add great value to their long list of treasures. And perhaps none is a better bargain that Guatemala (where one dollar buys you seven quetzals) … and no place in the Central American nation is more charming that Antigua.

This small town some 70 miles from the capital of Guatemala City sits a mile up a mountain and is as breathtaking as that sounds. This ancient town of 40,000 boasts cool year-round temperatures between 60 and 80; in fact, the hottest thing going here are the men.

Although there is no active gay scene here, Antigua’s hotels, markets, restaurants and other public venues are very gay-friendly — several even gay-owned. The local gay populace call it “Gay Light” and they love sharing their beautiful oasis with visitors. (One curious bit of gay history was made in Antigua in the 1940s, when gay author Gore Vidal lived here in a house that was once a convent next to the ruins of the Church of El Carmen. There he wrote one of the first popular novels with a gay theme, The City and the Pillar.)

Authored By Rick Vanderslice – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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