My 5 Favorite things to do in Guatemala

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Look up the following words on Google: Guatemala safety traveling. You only found horrifying links right? Well, I do not agree with any of those. I just spent two weeks crossing Guatemala and I am truly in love with the beauty of Guatemalan people, nature and traditions.

Here are my 5 favorite things I did in this Mayan country.
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Exploring Semuc Champey and Kam’Ba by candlelight

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After an 8 hour – way too cozy – van ride from Antigua to LanquΓ­n we arrived to the center of town where about 20 local accommodation coyotes (local guys who try to push or pull you into the hostel or hotel where they can earn a commission per guest) tried to pull us out of the van. Since my new travel buddy Jolanda and I had booked some nights at the Zephyr Lodge we started looking for one of the coyote guys saying Zephyr who could tell us which truck would bring us to our lodge. We left the luggage in the Zephyr truck and walked to the lodge in a 10-minute uphill walk since the seats were already all taken. A good exercise after 8 hours of sitting down in the van listening to the world cup football game (we won 5-1!) and trying to sleep for the rest of the ride.

We expected a tranquil serene place, but literally arrived getting the tequila shots poured over my friends back-pack and finding many drunk people shouting at the Zephyer bar. I decided not to spend the night at the dorm because of all the partying going on (I don’t want to be waken up by others having sex underneath my bunkbed…) and ended up happily sharing the private room of my friend.
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And then I wanted to be a volcano climber

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The streets of Antigua with volcΓ‘n de Agua stratovolcano in the background

I do not know what has gotten into me, but lately I have been completely obsessed with climbing any nearby active volcano until I reach its hottest crater. It is not that I woke up one day with this dream of being a volcano hiker, but since there are so many active ones in my current surroundings I could not just let them be and take a picture of it from the average safer distance.
I want to touch the warm petrified lava.
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Copan the city of bats

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Everyone has been telling me that they were about just alright to visit, that it was nothing special, nothing impressive, so I went to the place early this morning with absolutely zero expectations. However, I was impressed, deeply impressed. Those Copan ruins have really amazed me. With the great information of a local guide and a photo camera I had a fantastic visit.

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