New Country Day: Guatemala

Country: Guatemala
Date: 18 June 2013

Guatemala Number Plate

Even though I was technically in Central America when I was in Belize, I spent my time in the Caribbean on the little island of Caye Caulker. I was planning to spend a week there, but after days of rain and a forecast of more to come, I cut my losses and left Belize earlier than planned.

Crossing the border from Belize to Guatemala – with English making way to Spanish – I now felt like I was in Central America. If the Spanish didn’t give it away, the number plates gave me a little reminder as well. I arrived in Flores to see the Mayan archaeological site at Tikal, the national treasure that features on the number plate. Most of my time though will be spent around Lake Atitlan, which is a popular place for digital nomads. The cost of living is comparible to Chiang Mai so I want to see what it would be like to live here.

My original plan was to visit all seven countries of Central America in one go. When I wrote out an itinerary on paper I was exhausted just thinking abut it, so I pared it back to two countries. Even now I am still tempted by nearby borders. I saw an advertisement for a minivan going to a beach destination in El Salvador and I immmediately started calculating if I have the time. Then I came to my senses and reminded myself that I will explore the region around Atitlan. El Salvador and the other countries of Central America can wait.


  1. I’ve been to Costa Rica (1x) and Nicaragua (3x) and loved them both. Nicaragua’s food, views and friendly people made it really unforgettable! I hear Guatemala is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Congrats on another new country. I’m making my way north to Guatemala for a return visit, 21 years after the last one. Enjoy!

  3. I am so happy you are spending time there instead of moving onward. The country captured my fancy for months when I was there and I think there’s heaps you can find to do from that central spot on the lake! 🙂

  4. Aww, I’m so sorry to hear you got rained out in Belize! I took a trip there in college and really loved it. Still, sometimes you can’t fight mother nature. I’m eager to see all of the incredible things you find throughout the rest of Central America though!

  5. One of the beautiful Country in Central America. Best family vacation destination, a perfect place for young and adults. On my last vacation I really enjoyed there.

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