Guatemala the Thailand of Central America

If you were to ask me what my favorite country was that I've traveled to, I'd have a tough time narrowing it down.  But the top three choices would be easy.

  • Thailand
  • Malaysian Borneo 
  • Guatemala 

I wouldn't exactly know how to arrange the three but I definitely spend the most amount of time in Thailand, mainly because it has the best mix of islands, scuba diving, cheap lifestyle, beautiful nature, muay thai and a really good environment for starting internet businesses.

But one of the best trips I've had was actually to Guatemala and this little short film really highlights all of the cool things I did myself and you can do too, for surprisingly cheap:

I ended up in Guatemala after getting my PADI Scuba Diving Instructor's certification on Utila, which was one of the islands in the Caribbean sea that was technically part of Honduras.  During my 3 months there I met a ton of travelers who have come through central america and traveled through Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras.   

Every single person I met said the same thing, Guatemala was amazing!  Belize and Costa Rica were nice but overpriced and a bit touristy.  So when I got bored of Utila (which was quite fast) I decided to take a trip out to Guatemala and ended up spending over a month there and loving it.  

Over looking Lago Atitlan which is by far the most beautiful lake I've ever seen.

At Semuc Champey - Cascading Waterfall filled Lagoons.

At Tikal, Myan Pyramids.

My favorite things about Guatemala included living with a local Spanish speaking family and eating 3 meals with them a day in Antigua.  I had private Spanish classes and actually got pretty decent after a few weeks of immersion.  Total cost was around $200 a week for a room, food and classes, a fantastic deal.

Antigua was also a beautiful little city which reminds me a lot of Chiang Mai in Thailand. It is surrounded by walls and has a park in the middle with tons of coffee shops.  Lots of artists, teachers, and students there as well.  I didn't explore their internet speeds or find out if they have any coworking spaces, but as a city to relax in and base out of, I love it.  If you're thinking about learning Spanish, by far the best way to do it to sign up for a Spanish Immersion course and live with locals.  

I ended up going around to compare schools but the first one I found online was Ixcel Spanish School  But do your own research as there are dozens of places you can go.

Check it out and have fun if you end up going down to Guatemala!  

-Johnny FD

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  1. Hey Johnny! I just started following your blog and joined Anton's course a couple days ago. I just wanted to pop in and thank you for the podcast episodes as that really helped me make the decision to join and I'm very happy I did! I actually lived in Guatemala for four months back in 2005 and one of my goals is to build my business so I can go back again! Thanks again!


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