We got Guatemalan home cooking EVERY DANG DAY during our first month in the country with mi amor’s family. And honestly, during the rest of our trip only one other place really came close to it. One other place that mi amor’s mom happily took her family to and made mi amor make those happy food sounds everyone makes when they eat something that hits them in their soul.
I think you should take Spanish lessons during your time in Guatemala in general. It’s very affordable and tends to be considered a more “neutral” area language-wise to learn from (less region-specific slang, any other Spanish speaker would readily understand you). Since I think everyone should also visit Lake Atitlan, here’s how you can combine the two!
Every time I log onto Instagram there’s another person who “quit their job to travel the world!” It’s a thing nowadays. Hell, I just did it for 4 months. The adultier adults in my life usually seem baffled at this trend. “How can anyone afford to do that?” Well, in conjunction with the ability (privilege) to be saving a lot and living simply beforehand, lots of folks on the road are working or volunteering their way around the world.
When I was traveling in Guatemala for 4 months, I saw lots of different types of travelers. Backpackers young and old, spiritual seekers, missionaries of various persuasions, and expat business owners. I did not see very many vacationers. I think there are lots of reasons for this, one of them being the American news cycle only talking about Central America and Guatemala as places of problems that people are fleeing.
I find it complete nonsense that all we get of Guatemala is that story. So here’s another one.