Guatemala is known as one of the best places to learn Spanish, but there’s so much more.
To be honest I have not spent enough time traveling in Guatemala but that’s something I really want to change.
Guatemala is country with an interesting mix of cultures. Of course you can see the Mayan heritage and affect of Spanish colonization.
But if you look closer you’ll see the influence of Asians and Africans who were brought to the country as slaves.
And the Garifuna people, who descended from Afro-indigenous people from St Vincent in the Caribbean, have strong influences on the coast.
GUATEMALAN RECIPES AT HOME
Overland travelers and backpackers are sometimes disappointed that Guatemalan food isn’t exactly like Mexican food. There are some similarities to its neighbour but Guatemala has its own distinct cuisine.
I have marked dishes that are Vegan (V), Gluten-Free (GF), Dairy Free (DF)
Chojin: Radish Salad with Chicharron (GF, DF)
TRAVEL IN GUATEMALA
It may be tempting to stay on the gringo trail as so many Guatemalans speak Spanish, and the trendy cafes are so tempting. But make sure you also spend time in markets and local spots too.
FOOD + DRINK
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CITIES + TOWNS
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STORIES FROM GUATEMALA
I’ve visited 3 times and each visit has taught me a lesson.
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