Sitting at a relatively high altitude of 2,330 meters (7,640 feet) is the beautiful city of Quetzaltenango. However, nobody calls it that but rather, refer to the city as Xela (pronounced: shay-la). Surrounded by mountains as Xela lies in the valley, the city offers amazing views, amazing culture, hikes, food, markets, etc. The city has a much less touristic feel than many other places you are likely to visit or have visited in Guatemala.
Lake Atitlan is truly a beautiful place and well worth a visit for any traveller in Guatemala. This is the place where many people find themselves unable to leave in the time they originally thought they would. When you hear about Lake Atitlan, you imagine it to be like visiting any other town/city. However, Lake Atitlan is a lake with many villages and towns surrounding it that are all unique so you actually have to decide where you want to go.
When we arrived in Guatemala we knew to expect some beautiful volcanoes, but what truly amazed us was the stunning mountainous landscape Guatemala had to offer. There are 37 volcanoes in Guatemala, of which only 3 are still active today. One of those being Pacaya!
If your looking to get from San Ignacio to Flores and not looking to pay the price for a shuttle, your in luck because it is very simple to get between locations using local transport. The entire trip will cost $5BZD and Q35 per person (~$7.50USD)
A visit to Semuc Champey is a total must on your Guatemalan adventure! The beautiful limestone pools are one of a kind and an unforgettable experience as you get an amazing view from the lookout, and then get refreshed with a swim through them! Semuc Champey is situated in Lanquin, a town in the central highlands of Guatemala surrounded by mountains. Our experience in Lanquin was unforgettable as we feel we got to see a different side of Guatemala that we didn’t experience other places.
Flores is a lovely little island in Lago Peten Itza in Guatemala with a land bridge connecting it to Santa Elena. It is a popular stop for travellers wishing to take a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, but there are some other awesome things to do and you might wish to extend your stay by a day or two!
Belize was an amazing country to travel around and we could have easily spent more than 2 weeks! Travelling around is super easy and basically everyone speaks english. With beautiful national parks and nature reserves, amazing reefs and marine life, and a culture rich in Maya history, Belize is a destination you will not want to miss!