Trip Report

Fairytale Village Charms and Indigenous Mayan Culture Meet in Beautiful and Thrilling Guatemala

Three weeks of exploring the fairytale villages and volunteering with a local indigenous Mayan family across Guatemala.

by wishingoceansAbout Me:Hi, my name is Oriana! I like working in and exploring the best that nature has to offer - hiking, trekking, climbing, diving, swimming, paddle boarding, and volunteering on farms. read more

North AmericaGuatemala24 days / April 2021

Highs & Lows

Lake Atitlan and Antigua are stunningly beautiful and brimming with local culture, and the chicken buses can't be missed!

Prices in Antigua are comparable to U.S. prices in most areas

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have gone on more day or multiday trips from Antigua.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I got food poisoning on no less than 2 occasions while spending one week in Antigua, so be really careful about the food that you get!

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Antigua is quite expensive compared to the rest of Guatemala, so if you're on a budget be prepared to maybe buy your own groceries, or only eat the street food.

  • Packing tips?

    Most people wear the typical outfit of jeans and a dark t-shirt. The weather is very nice, warm but not too hot. Shorts and tshirts are suitable. Pack some clothes to wear out dancing or to the bars, and bring some good hiking clothes and boots to hike all of the nearby volcanoes.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Chicken buses are the way to go in Guatemala! Very cheap and surprisingly easy to use! The hardest part is knowing what to pay - watch or ask the locals how much it is to get to your destination. Don't worry about paying as you get on the bus, just sit down and eventually someone will come by to collect your payment.


  • Amigos Hostel - Lovely, simple hostel in a good area of San Pedro. Pretty social and easy to get to know people, and steps away from many restaurants and bars.

  • Somos Hostel, extremely social, in a quiet area, with a jacuzzi right next to the bar and very comfortable rooms! Highly recommend. Also just steps away from a local bakery.

  • Local homestay with an Indigenous family - conditions are rustic, but comfortable. Lots of down time, and work continues on/off throughout the entire day with no obvious break for "leisure activities."