Category Archives: Guatemala

First class from Belize City to Flores

We arrived into Belize from Mexico on a ferry (you can read about that here) and spent some time on Caye Caulker. We were eager to start exploring the very different culture of Guatemala so we caught the first class bus from Belize City to Flores. Some of my thoughts on Belize I wasn’t particularly…

Where to eat vegan food in Flores, Guatemala

Guatemala has become one of my new favourite countries and Flores is top of that list. Not only was it immensely beautiful, the people were welcoming and helpful, the weather was hot (and rainy), the clouds were very impressive and there was MUCH vegan food! Guatemala We were warned before we went to Guatemala to…

How to survive the Flores night bus with kids

The night bus from Flores to Guatemala City features regularly with tourists’ blogs but they’re not so much written for families. In fact we were the ONLY family on the bus that night so I thought I’d write a blog about it. A few lies were told…. We caught the bus from Belize City to…

Making peanut butter with De La Gente

We like to do and see the authentic side of a country. I want my kids to see how real people live and work in their own communities. For this reason we like to stay outside tourist areas and book directly with agencies that promote fair wages and good working conditions. We came across De La…

Birthday X-Tremos Zip-lining over Lake Atitlan

Lots of people have asked us what we do about Birthdays whilst we’re travelling and as we just celebrated Imogen’s Birthday in Guatemala, it’s a great opportunity to show you how we recognise and celebrate another year around the sun. Presents It was in about 2004 when I suddenly started to question presents. Why was…

It takes 5 years to grow coffee?!

“Two years ago I sold my horse and bought a truck” he told me. I asked him how long he’d been a coffee farmer, “over twenty years” he responded. I spent an entire morning with Eduardo, a coffee producer and farmer, who is part of the co-operative supported by De La Gente on the outskirts…

Balls Galore, Museo de Los Ninos, Guatemala

Whilst we really like Guatemala, Guatemala city just didn’t appeal. With 12m inhabitants, traffic jams and queues everywhere, a bad reputation for (tourist) violence and not that much to see or do, it seemed like just a stop-over gap whilst we collected Rich from the airport and headed over to Atitlan. We didn’t plan on…

How to hike Acetenango Volcano with kids

This post is dedicated to our wonderful friend, Mr H, who sadly and far too early passed away whilst I was hiking Acetenango. All through the night Fuego erupted, shooting out masses of beautiful glowing embers high into the night sky, and I’d like to think that the universe was celebrating his life. To Mr H,…

Facts about Guatemala that might surprise you!

I went to Guatemala hoping that the negative government warnings and bad press were nothing more than sensationalised BS. Everything official I read talked about tourist attacks, gun point hijackings, ransommed kidnappings and worse. Something inside me just knew that it couldn’t be that bad so we decided to take a risk and go. After…

10 things to do from Flores with kids, Guatemala

We were amazed by Flores and how much it had to offer however it came to my attention that the majority of tourists equate Flores only with Tikal and don’t know just how much more there is to do there. Flores We spent a week in Flores (actually we stayed in San Miguel) and had…

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