Guatemala aka: GuatemalaAntigua, Tikal, and Lake Atitlán. Guatemala is featured on the lists Directory of Countries, Olympic Games: Some never won Medals!, and United Nations member states. Places in Guatemala have been tagged ruins, tikal, and mayan.
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Guatemalan locals recognize foreigners easily and don’t hesitate to sell small goods in markets. It’s easy to give into the young children constantly nagging you to buy what they’re selling. Most of the time, they offer ridiculous prices, knowing that you’ll most likely buy it anyway. Bargain ridiculously low in return; they’ll earn some form of money, regardless of the labor of work, in the end.over 4 years ago
If you decide to go to Chichicastenango for one of the big market days, I recommend getting there the day before so you can see the vendors set up. You will literally see the parque central transformed overnight.
I also highly recommend staying at the Hostal El Telefono, which is located along the road toward the cemetary. It costs only $5 US a night. Though not fancy, it is comfortable and there is a mini rooftop terrace with great views of the cemetary. The owner is very friendly and the rooms and bathrooms are kept very clean.over 4 years ago
Two things to do when visiting Tikal:
1.) Take the sunrise tour, whether you choose to stay overnight in Tikal or to come in from Flores. I only paid 100q and that included early entrance (not your actual ticket though) AND a three hour guided tour. You get to see the sunrise from atop the tallest temple- Temple IV. A very special experience.
2.) If you stay overnight in Tikal, get there in the early afternoon the day before. You can buy your ticket for the next day early (at like 3 or 4) and also use that ticket to enter that very afternoon. I did this and was bascially ALONE in Tikal, even in the main plaza. I climbed Temple V with no one around snapping photos and enjoyed the jungle and the views in reflective peace and quiet (jungle sounds excepted).over 4 years ago
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Laura asks,“Going to Guatemala only for the weekend, to Sololá on Lake Atitlán. Want to do as much as possible in that area, without traveling further. What are some unmissable places and things to do? Plus, any info about buses from Tapachula please!” over 2 years ago
Bellamafia asks,“I am going to Central America and I want to know the places to go here, and how to do it CHEAP. TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IN EXPLICIT DETAIL thank you :)” over 6 years ago
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