The Faces of Guatemala
The name Guatemala means ‘Land of the Trees’ in Maya-Toltec language. A fun fact, some people believe that the name Guatemala is derived from the word Guhatezmalh, which means “Mountain that vomits water”.
I spent more time in Guatemala than I’ve spent in any other country in Central America — almost six weeks. I dove in a high altitude lake, roasted marshmallows over a volcano, climbed a Mayan ruin and sunned on a black sand beach. I bonded with a blogging friend in Antigua, and I met a guy that I had a brief but heartwarmingly sweet travel romance with (but more on him later).
I stayed in great hostels, found truly fantastic restaurants — some that I’m still drooling about — and had some true adventures.