This is the route I took through whole Central America. I have to admit I can hardly state that I truly experienced Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, as I mainly travelled to one place at each country. Anyhow, I’ll describe how that went.
February – 2014
Guatemala was my first country in Central America to visit. Late in the evening we arrived at the airport of Guatemala City. At that time, the capital wasn’t that save for tourists, so we decided to go straight to Antigua. A very lovely colonial village. Waking up, seeing the city for the first time in daylight, being surrounded by hills, was wonderful. The little village offers some bars and restaurants to hang out. Our favourite lunchroom was Ochenta Y Tres (7 Av Norte # 24 a).
After a few days acclimatizing in Antigua we took a shuttle bus to Lago Atitlan. You can arrange this at one of the plenty travel agencies. The shuttle will drop you of at Panajachel from where you can get a ferry (small boat) to one of the villages around the lake. We choose to go to San Marcos, a hippie/yoga/mediation walhalla being said. When we arrived we had to look a while before finding a hostel with rooms available. We ended up in Hostel Del Lago: hippie pur sang. The staff was very friendly, the food was nice and the views over the lake were astonishing. Unfortunately it wasn’t safe to make hikes around the village, so we relaxed in San Marcos for a couple of days before heading back to Antigua. Try out restaurant Il Giardino.
After a short second stay in Antigua (hostel Dionisio, can recommend it!), we continued our trip to Honduras.
what’s more in Guatemala?
As everyone we met was going mad about the natural cascades called ‘Semuc Champey’ I will recommend you to see it for your self if you have time! From Antigua it’s a drive of ca. 7 hours.