Hey Nadine’s on an amazing trip around Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with Contiki!
I’ve really enjoyed Hey Nadine’s videos as she explores Mexico, Belize and Guatemala with Contiki. She’s been travelling almost the same route I did towards the end of 2014, and it’s brought back a lot of memories!
In her latest video she visits Caye Caulker – the location of THIS epic story where I got stuck in a giant storm! Luckily for her, the weather wasn’t an issue! However, it wasn’t so good when she got to Tikal… and that was the same for me. I’ve never seen rain like it! Anyway… enjoy!
Why travelling from Lake Atitlan to Antigua in Guatemala is a wonderful journey.
We spent a few days close to Lake Atitlán. It’s a picture postcard view with the bold blue of the lake contrasting against the volcanoes and mountains around. Small towns are dotted on the sides. We stayed in Panajachel – a hippie market town with lively nightlife. The handicraft and jewellery stalls stretch for miles, and with a bit of bargaining you can get a very good deal! Specialities include woven fabric rugs and scarves, jade and precious stone jewellery and leather bags and shoes.
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A homestay in Guatemala is an amazing way to get to know the culture.
While visiting Guatemala recently I took part in a homestay with a local family in the small village of San Jorge la Laguna. The location is spectacular, with Lake Atitlán below and volcanoes and mountains surrounding. The village is small, with a few basic shops, a primary school all children can attend, a pub with a handful of tables, and a large church. A group of three of us were invited into Dora’s home to spend a full evening with her family. She was very welcoming and her three cheeky sons made the evening very entertaining.
Using my basic spanish, I found out that Dora is a stay at home mum, as are most women in the village. She spends her days looking after the kids, taking them to school, cooking, cleaning and shopping for food in the nearby market town. Life is simple, but they seemed content.
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