I may be South American, but I have visited more of the rest of the world then I have of South America. I don't know why, but when ever it came to choosing my next travel destination I never thought of exploring Latin Countries.
My husband and I have a friend however, who lived in Guatemala for a few years to teach English and he fell in love with the people and the culture. He always wanted us to go visit but we never did because we were living in Dubai, which was too far at the time.
But one Spring while my husband and I were visiting Canada, our friend was in town as well and mentioned again how he would love to go to Guatemala with us and show us this amazing country. It wasn't hard to convince us (it never really is when it comes to travel), and it was the perfect time since we were only a few plane hours away.
So we booked our flights, packed our backpacks, and began prepping for what was going to be one of the most life changing experiences of our lives.
We stayed in Antigua, Guatemala and throughout the trip backpacked through Tikal and Lake Atitlan. We partnered with so many amazing tour companies and travel brands in Guatemala who welcomed us with open arms and were more than proud to show us a little peace of a place they call home.
Guatemala is not a popular tourist destination, but it should be! If you are thinking of backpacking anywhere, don't be like me... go to South America! I wish I explored more of these beautiful countries throughout my years of travelling, but that just means I'll have to choose more Latin countries in the future when booking my travels!
Here are some photos of one of the many amazing tours we did while in Guatemala. While in Antigua, Guatemala (not to be mistaken with the Antigua from Antigua and Barbuda), we did a 5 hour biking tour through the city. We visited some historical landmarks, learnt about the evolution of the culture, and even visited a cocoa farm!
I always try to do something new on my trips, and doing a biking tour was never something I had done before so I was excited to check that off my list! I still need to jump out of a plane, and take a hot air balloon ride... but maybe next time!