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Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour

Are  you interested in the natural healing powers of plants? Join ‘Grow Your Own Cure’ for a 1-day Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour adventure that is designed to introduce you to Mayan indigenous healer’s wisdom about traditional healing herbal remedies and healing arts in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

From the beginning of time, plants have played a significant role in human affairs, influencing medicine and healthcare. Participants will explore the medical gardens in San Pedro, San Juan, and San Marcos, meet with local indigenous healers, and learn about the history, cultivation and role medicinal plants play in health and healing. Continue reading “Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour”

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Guatemala The Good and The Very Very Bad

I decided to write this blog post about Guatemala using a headline that would perhaps draw a great deal of attention or interest. Guatemala seldom is gifted with the Good and mostly the Very Very Bad.

Guatemala The Very Bad is in most cases information which comes from sources like the US State Department that has some form of criteria to inform potential travelers of the dangers of Guatemala. I wonder if the authors of these reports have ever been to Guatemala, or these formed opinions are from an informed collection of Data from the NSA.

Then again Guatemala has never had shootings of their children in schools. Perhaps a Guatemala State Department Report on the dangers of travel to the US might read like this. Do not go to Movie theaters, attend School events, large gathers of Politicians and use any form of mass transit, in general stay in your over prices hotel room. You will be safe.

Guatemala The Very Bad also comes in the form of Travel review on web sites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet, Please note Lonely Planet is about 2 years behind the times in current or miss-accurate information about Guatemala. Guatemala is not a country for everyone. In particular travelers that think when they arrive all Guatemalan’s need to convert to their life style, needs, thinking and wants. The results are plastered on the pages of Travel Review sites of the miss adventures of Travelers that find themselves in positions they find un comfortable or unaccustomed with which turns into a negative review. Rather to enjoying the culture of Guatemala.

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Guatemala News, Crime and Tourism

Guatemala News, Crime and Tourism, Guatemala as told by the world media is cursed with reports of Crime and and Crimes against Tourists. Living in Guatemala and enjoying the country and often write about my experiences. Thus this blog is to bring a view of facts. Not about some Tourist who had a bad experience on a Chicken Bus on Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet.

Trip Advisor and in particular Lonely Planet which is always 2 years behind the facts both continue to be a source of both negative and glowing comments about Guatemala. Sadly the negatives appear to be the focal point of interest for Travellers.

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D’Noz Restaurant is located in the village of San Pedro on Lake Atitlan

D’Noz Restaurant is located in the village of San Pedro on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. How you reach this fine eatery you will take a boat or launch from Panajachel which is the main dropping off point for all travelers coming to lake Atitlan.

You can ask anyone in Pana as the city is called for the Launch to San Pedro as there are two launch areas in Pana. You can take the express launch which costs 25Q. Or you can take the more picturesque boat ride and stop at all the village on route to San Pedro. Either way the trip is about half an hour across the lake.

When you reach San Pedro you will be dropped off at the bottom of a very steap hill or street which heads into the main section of San Pedro. D’Noz Restaurant is on your right hand side as you leave the launch about 100 feet from the boat docks up the hill.

D’Noz Restaurant is the taste of San Pedro in my opinion. Prices are 40Q for an amazing lunch from the biggest burger I have ever eaten to a variety of Chinese food. All excellent.

For evening tastes of D’Noz Restaurant order the Steak, you will find if you have traveled in Central America Beef can be a challenge to cut through. At D’Noz Restaurant the steaks come medium and are like butter to the taste and to cut.

Service is great, the same staff has been at D’Noz Restaurant for years. On weekends D’Noz Restaurant offers an amazing fish fry on friday nights which is a must again. Great prices and the food.


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Guatemala – Travel Safety Over Sensationalism

The article excerpt below has created a storm of comments and opinions through Facebook back to the site that posted this article about Guatemala Travel and Safety. Since Monday of this week almost 15,000 Facebook fans, friends and enemies have read this article and made comments about the author and his opinions.

Now I know the author, I maintain his web site for him. Lee is his name and he runs a travel and tour business in Lake Atitlan. Since his early beginnings in Lake Atitlan Lee and his wife have with great respect of the local community built a business out of all local relationships. Lee takes great care of managing and respecting his place as an outsider in Lake Atitlan.


Lake Atitlan Guatemala – Safety Over Sensationalism

Guatemala, one of the world’s great travel destinations, is often singled out for violent crime without telling the whole story. While there is sporadic violence along parts of the country,  Key tourism areas of Antigua, Rio Dulce, Tikal and Lake Atitlan Guatemala are not only safe, but safer than many other popular tourism areas.

Now for my view of those that have read and commented on this article above. I am an American that for that last 10 years of my life I have found myself enjoying Guatemala and all of Central America. Yes Guatemala has a crime problem, mostly in Guatemala City. Drugs and Poverty drive the needs of others to take from those in what ever means they desire. In Lee’s article he was chastised in comments for voicing his opinion about safety in Guatemala and comparing Guatemala to other countries.

Let us briefly compare Guatemala to the US for example, I have not seen an article in Guatemala splashed across the Newspapers front pages of shootings at Movie Theaters, Children gunned down in School classrooms by out of control US gun laws. Have you?

Guatemala has Tourism, Coffee and growing pains. Sadly while tourism has great benefits it also has great harm. Visitors to Guatemala who have had an experience of some kind love to Write on Tripadvsor and Loney Planet about the negatives for example of riding on a Chicken Bus. An experience I love and enjoy weekly in my life in Central America.

If we continue to talk about the problem, then it will remain a problem. If this article is anything it is an inspiration for all to make change. Stop bitching do something. Or hide behind your comments.

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Guatemala Journey From Tree to Coffee | La Voz Coffee Cooperative

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting La Voz Cooperative, a coffee cooperative, that is located in the stunningly beautiful Lake Atitlan region of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.  Lake Atitlán provides an ideal environment for growing coffee—the region has a cooler climate than most other parts of Guatemala, there is plentiful and consistent rainfall each year, and the area is surrounded by the rich soils of the Atitlán, Toliman and the San Pedro volcanoes.

Since moving to Guatemala a year and a half ago, I have discovered all the wonderful things Guatemala has to offer.  From picturesque Mayan ruins and steaming volcanoes, to lush jungles and beaches to the warm indigenous culture and its range of breathtaking scenery—Guatemala offers an incredibly rich and distinctive culture.

Guatemala is also known for producing some of the best coffee in the world.  Large coffee fincas can be found in many parts of Guatemala.  Smaller-hold Guatemala coffees come from cooperatives like La Voz, in Lake Atitlán, that run their own mills.  They market their coffee under the poetic name “La Voz que Clama en el Desierto.”

Coffee Plants at La Voz

Coffee begins as a fruit. It takes three to five years for trees to produce the round berries that start out green and ripen red.

What is unique to La Voz Cooperative is that they grow their crops in harmony with nature without the use of harmful chemicals.  Their coffee is grown high in the mountains, 4,300 – 6,500 feet above sea level, where the forest canopy shades the coffee plants to protect them from bitterness.

La Voz Cooperative is made up of the communities of the indigenous Tzutujil, Kakchiquel and Quiche Mayan people who have been cultivating coffee in this region for the past 90 years. They are skillful producers dedicated to community collaboration and growing certified organic coffee.

Harvesting usually begins in November and runs through February.  Walking along the roadside you can see thousands of hectares of coffee trees covering the lush mountain sides all needing to be handpicked. Yes, you heard me correctly, harvesting is done by handpicking. Each tree is picked NUMEROUS times during harvest season. The fruit must be processed the same day it is picked otherwise the beans inside may spoil.

This time of year in Guatemala the seasons are changing. We move from the rainy to the dry season, which means hot sunny days with blustery winds and high UV levels.  This drier environment is necessary to dry the coffee cherries outside in the sun.

Different Stages of Coffee Beans Drying

Different Stages of Coffee Beans Drying

After Colombia, Guatemala ranks second in the world in the amount of high-grade coffee it produces, and has the highest percentage of its crop classified as “high quality” by world-wide buyers.

Coffee Beans Drying

Concrete or clay patios are most common in Guatemala. They allow producers to dry large amounts of coffee at a time on an easily raked surface.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. It is estimated that the global coffee industry earns in excess of $60 billion dollars annually, yet less than 10% of those earnings end up in the countries where the coffee is produced, and slightly less than 0.5% of the total earnings translate into wages for those who actually labor to produce the coffee. For every $3.25 latte sold in the U.S., approximately 1 penny of that goes to the workers who do the actual work of growing and harvesting the coffee beans.

Coffee Beans Drying

Once the coffee beans are clean, they are spread out on a flat surface where the warm Guatemalan sun dries them. To ensure consistency of the coffee, the beans must be turned constantly by using rakes during the drying process.

In Guatemala, it’s a culture of friendly people who are always smiling.

The dried beans are sacked.

The dried beans are sacked.

The beautiful face of woman who dedicates herself to the work of planting and harvesting coffee beans.

Second-quality beans are of a darker color even when dry, and are taken out and consumed locally.

Second-quality beans are of a darker color even when dry, and are taken out and consumed locally.

I am so grateful to La Voz Cooperative in San Juan La Laguna, Sololá Guatemala and the incredibly hard-working, but grateful farm workers who welcomed us into their life for a day.  The journey from tree to cup is incredibly time consuming.  I hope this blog enlightens you on the amount of labor that goes into the steaming cup of coffee you enjoy every day.

Lake Atitlan Coffee Tour




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Guatemala Living

Guatemala Living is a topic of great on-line conversation and debate. Having written over 900 original articles about Guatemala Living including topics about, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Livingston, Monterrico and Tikal I feel I have the right to talk about bloggers that go on line to talk about Guatemala Living.

Guatemala Living Blogs

Most blogging about Guatemala Living is done by those that own a business and are self promoting there own interests to draw attention to there business through the use of blogs. It is a free world so blog away. The annoyances I find with these bloggers is the fact that little research is done about topics, mostly cut and paste from other articles. Take a trip, go to a Finca, meet local people and before you write a word truly get to know Guatemala.

Guatemala Living and Ex Pats, well I have a mixed opinion about Ex Pats writing about Guatemala Living. I have great friends in Guatemala that over the years I have helped with there own web sites Blogs giving suggestions on topics, ideas for travel and use photos. Not stock images go out and take a picture of something special in Guatemala.

George at Georges Travel Club, Nancy from Guatemala Reservations, Lee at Lake Atitlan Travel Guide are purest Bloggers. They being Ex Pats write about there real experiences of Guatemala Living. George and Lee are amazing writers, Nancy while long winded sorry Nancy, all cover and express different yet amazing points of view about Guatemala Living.

Guatemala Living

They all own business’s in Guatemala and respect the gifts Guatemala has given them as business owners. Each in there own way have built over the years business interests which started from at first coming to and experiencing Guatemala Living.

Take Elizabeth Bell with Antigua Tours as an example of a person that has taken Guatemala Living and taken it to the highest level of community interest through her business. Walk into Elizabeth Bell’s Antigua Tours office and you will find the walls adorned with awards, letters and support from all over the world in the work Antigua Tours and Elizabeth Bell has done to maintain the heritage of Antigua Guatemala. Does Elizabeth Bell blog no, she is very active on Facebook.

Blogging about Guatemala Living is not an easy task to have your articles found on line or in fact anyplace at all. Bloggers often think I have a blog and I will be found on-line. Perhaps after 200 original blog articles on very specific topics will result in a few second or third page placements in search engines. Or asking your friends on Facebook to follow your blogs well they will tire of that quickly.

Guatemala Living is a great topic to write about if you have the experience of Guatemala Living not from behind the gated communities of Antigua.

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Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee

Lake Attilan Guatemala Best Organic Coffee I have ever drank we found in San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

Traveling to Lake Atitlan and searching for those hidden gems of real coffee co-ops can be hard to find. The season is short and when the coffee is not being harvested these co-ops are closed for the most part.

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For those that truly love Organic coffee and want the real experience not another tour Cooperative La Voz Que Clama En El Desierto in the village of San Juan La Laguna which is a ten minute walk from the village of San Pedro in Lake Atitlan Guatemala is a must see.

For years I have looked around Lake Atitlan for Organic Coffee Fincas, I wanted to see the real thing. With Coffee harvest running from December till March it is sometimes hard to find these Co-ops around the lake.

To reach this small Co-Operative you need to take a boat from Panajachel to San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. Panajachel which  is a town in the southwestern Guatemalan Highlands, less than 90 miles from Guatemala City, in the department of Sololá. It serves as the administrative centre for the surrounding municipality of the same name.

From San Pedro you can walk which takes about ten minutes or take a Tu-Tu from San Pedro to the village of San Juan. Ask anyone in San Juan about the Co-Operative and they will direct you.

We were fortunate to have Alex with us from Kayak Guatemala who more or less paved the way for us to have complete freedom to explore the co-op and ask questions. While many want to go to the Coffee Tours of Antigua this is the real thing. This is a production facility not a tourist destination.

Andres Cotuc manages the operations and after yes a cup of this years harvest of Lake Atltian Organic Coffee, roasted on site we were allowed to go crazy with our camera. With respect to the woman working in our photo’s were all asked permission. Take that as a note when and if you make it to this co-op.

We then were allowed to head out to the fields to see coffee beans on the trees. The co-op is large and is nestled into the side of the mountains with coffee plans shaded by huge trees. Part of the great coffee growing process.

There is not price for touring the facility that we could see. Coffee is for sale ground or whole beans.

I finally found that cup of coffee I have been looking for in Guatemala.

San Juan La Laguna Coffee

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Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG

Come visit Lake Atitlan Guatemala in January and save BIG.  Discounts for one week only; January 18 – 26, 2014.  This complete package includes everything; airport pick-up, transfers to Lake Atitlan, deluxe overnight accommodations in Santa Cruz la Laguna, ALL meals, ALL activities, ALL tours and excursions.  Come and stay for the entire week, or for a few days.

January 18 – 26, 2014 – Complete package from $149.00 per person per day, or $1192.00 for the entire itinerary.


·               Airport transfer from airport to Lake Atitlan. Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 1, SUNDAY – Jan. 19


·         After breakfast we take a leasurely kayak excursion around Santa Cruz.  This is a great morning activity that allows you to view the lake and the surrounding mountains. This is not a challenging activity.  Later we explore the village of Santa Cruz and visit two non-profit foundations to see how they are helping improve the lives of the local Maya.

In the afternoon visit the Atltan Nature Reserve.  You can hike the nature trails and enjoy the zip lines.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 2, MONDAY – Jan. 20


·         After breakfast, make your way to the boat dock in front of your hotel for a 3-Village Private Boat Tour. This spectacular full day trip will take you from one end of the lake to the other. You will visit the villages of San Marcos, San Juan, Santiago, with time to explore each village. Easy walking is involved and the trip is approximately 8 hours.

·         The day begins in Santa Cruz where you depart for the west end of the lake. You get to see the villages of El Jaibalito, Tzununa, San Marcos, and San Pablo as you make your way along the north shore. Your first stop is San Marcos, where you stop for swimming and optional cliff jumping. Then you will depart the north shore for San Juan, the “Swiss village” of Lake Atitlan. You will spend approximately 3 hours on a guided walking tour and visit art galleries, two woman’s weaving cooperatives, a medicinal and curative plant garden. Enjoy lunch at a local comedor to sample the local foods.

·         Several famous painters are from San Juan so you will also visit their galleries to see them at work. Women Weavers and Nuestra Artesania includes demonstrations showing how the beautiful fabrics are made; from harvesting the cotton, to spinning it into yarn, dying the yarn, and then creating one of-a-kind fabrics with the back strap loom. The Qomaneel center is a medicinal and curative herb garden operated by the midwives of San Juan.  You are guided through the garden and given samples of each plant along with a description of its curative powers. There are no entrance fees at the cooperatives. Your gift purchases or donations are how these centers function.

        •        Your third stop is Santiago. The bay of Santiago is a photographer’s dream. We take a tour along the shore of the bay before we start our walking tour. Your first stop is a visitor center that offers insight into the life of the Tzutujile Maya. There are interpretive displays on the history of the traje (traditional clothing), spiritual beliefs and Maximon. We have lunch before we tour the local church and visit Maximon. The Mayan visit Maximon to ask for healthy crops, to help cure illness, to find love, or to cast a spell on a neighbor. Be sure to buy some candles, cigarettes, or liquor to make your own offering!!! A small fee is required for admittance.

 Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 3, TUESDAY – Jan. 21


After breakfast, the day begins in Santa Cruz and the start of our 3-4 -hour hike.  You can either hike or drive. Visit the village of Santa Cruz la Laguna and then head high into the mountains. You hike along ancient paths that have been used by the Kachekel Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maize and coffee fields, and see some of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  You can visit a sacred Mayan site where rituals are performed by the local shamans, and make your own offering at the alter.

This rugged and remote area has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us 2500 feet above the waters of Atitlan for breath taking views and pristine scenery.

It is a difficult walk/climb, but is not overly challenging for those in good health.  The walk is approx. 4 hours through magnificent scenery. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).  You walk though a remote Mayan village high in the mountains where we find the road. There we take a collectivo (shared van/pick-up) the last few miles into Solola.  You visit the second largest market in Guatemala, then return via chicken bus or pick up into Panajachel and then Santa Cruz. On the return, we stop at Crossroads Café to sample some of the best coffee in the world.  All the coffees served are from Guatemala.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan. 

DAY 4, WEDNESDAY – Jan. 22


·         After breakfast, meet at the dock to gear up for a day of adventure.  It is best to wear your swimsuit or other appropriate boating atire as you will get wet along the way.  We supply dry sacks for your backpacks and other gear for the second part of the day. Be sure to bring your camera, drinking water, and some sunscreen.

We paddle for 1 ½ -2 hours along the shores of Santa Cruz la Laguna, El Jaibalito, and Tzununa, ending in San Marcos.  You will have many up close encounters with Mayan men who fish from hand hewn cayukas as they have for centuries.  You will feel privileged to share the lake with these proud fishermen who make Lake Atitlan so unique. You paddle along rugged cliff faces filled with exotic plant and bird life.  You have the opportunity to swim and cliff- jump into the crystal clear waters, or just enjoy a swim and sun. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way, or in a local comidor (included).

We pull into the Bay of San Marcos and gear up for the next part of our adventure. The  north shore of Lake Atitlan has no true road access, so you will be hiking along ancient paths that have been used by the Maya for centuries.  You will view villagers going about their daily life, encounter farmers tending their maiz and coffee fields, and see some

of the most magnificent scenery in the world.  This rugged and remote section of Lake Atitlan has barely been touched by the outside world.  Our hike takes us several hundred feet above the ever changing waters of Atitlan for breathtaking views of the famous volcanos.  We end our hike in Santa Cruz la Laguna at the end of our day of adventure.

Overnight at Lake Atitlan.

DAY 5, THURSDAY –  Jan. 23


·         Shuttle departs at 8:00 am for travel to the spectacular outdoor market of Chichicastenango – one of the world’s most famous outdoor markets!  People watch in this very Mayan village, and also ‘shop until you drop’ or until 1pm when the market closes.  After a leisurely lunch in ChiChi (included) board the shuttle for travel to Antigua.

·         About ChiChi >>> Located at 2500 meters above sea level, this town is famous amongst tourists for its market on Thursdays and Sundays, where spats of traditionally dressed villagers in a kaleidoscope of colors, come to sell their very colorful textiles, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Although seemingly very commercial, there is much mysticism in the air. You will be amazed by the religious blend that exists, where colonial Spanish Catholicism, modern evangelism and ancient Mayan tradition, blend in a uniquely harmonious fashion. There is something deeply moving about watching a Mayan Indian or shaman, engulfed by incense and surrounded by flowers, praying to a catholic God and at the same time practicing ancient Mayan rituals, all in an old Spanish colonial Cathedral. It is here, in Chichicastenango, that Father Francisco Ximenez in the 17th century discovered the Popol Vuh, the illustrious Mayan bible.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 6, FRIDAY – Jan. 24


Morning Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Afternoon/Evening Pacaya Volcano hike starts at 2:00 pm ends 8:30 pm.

Lava Fields and Smoking Crater – Pacaya, one Guatemala’s youngest volcanoes, offers climbers a unique glance into the geologic bowels of the earth. A relatively easy climb of 1.5 hours brings us to the fertile shelf just below the cinder cone called “la Meseta.” From here we get an awesome view of recent lava flows. We will explore these lava fields, and as the smoking crater looms above, the environment quickly changes to resemble that of an extraterrestrial setting. We’ll enjoy a fresh lunch, enjoying the views before we make our way back down.

Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 7, SATURDAY – Jan. 25


· Enjoy a relaxing day to explore on your own

  • Antigua, Guatemala is an exquisite Spanish Colonial town with elegant 16th & 17th Century architecture, cobblestone streets, a tranquil central square, stylish hotels, luxurious shops and superb international cuisine. The town enjoys a unique and impressive setting nestled beneath three towering volcanoes and surrounded by lush evergreen forests.

. Overnight in Antigua.

DAY 8, SUNDAY – Jan. 26


· Enjoy a relaxing morning

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Garifuna Medicine of Love Recipe Guifiti?

Garifuna is an Arawakan language spoken in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua by the Garifuna people. Their language is primarily derived from Arawak and Carib, with English, French, and Spanish to a lesser degree.


One interesting feature of Garifuna is a vocabulary split between terms used only by men and terms used only by women. This does not however affect the entire vocabulary but when it does, the terms used by men generally come from Carib and those used by women come from Arawak.


The Garifuna are descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people. The British colonial administration used the term Black Carib and Garifuna to distinguish them from Yellow and Red Carib, the Amerindian population that did not intermarry with Africans.




Guifiti belongs to the class of drinks known as ‘bitters’ which are made by steeping the herbal ingredients in alcohol.


Infamously, it is also laced with certain herbs and roots that aren’t quite legal – you won’t find a bottle in the shops although it is fairly ubiquitous along the Honduran Caribbean coast where the Garifuna people live.


The Garifuna brought the Guifiti Recipes from their homeland where they had co-existed with the indigenous Caribs, each family having its own particular way of making it and passing the method down the generations.


Garifuna Medicine of Love Recipe Guifiti?


  • Garlic
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Palo de hombre
  • Coconut
  • Marijuana
  • Allspice
  • Jicaco Negro
  • Dead Man
  • Manstrength
  • Noni
  • Rum (the cheaper the better, apparently)


Place small amounts of the herbs in the bottom of a rum bottle and let this sit in a dark place for 6 to 8 weeks. You will then have the Garifuna Medicine of Love medicine.


Garifuna parade on San Isidro Day, in Livingst...
Garifuna parade on San Isidro Day, in Livingston (Guatemala). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




In Livingston Guatemala if you ask a Garifuna woman about Guifiti she will tell you 2 stories. The first she will tell you that if an old man drinks Guifiti it will help him have babies. If it is a young man she will tell you Guifiti will help him lay the pipe.


Guifiti is available at many Bars and Restaurants including Hotel Leddie in Livingston Guatemala. The Hotel which is famous for it Suicide Shower and Roberto’s Guifiti served up by Angela. The Livingston version of Guifiti is different or softer then the versions found in Honduras.


I can attest to the fact that Guifiti is the Garifuna Medicine of Love

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Guatemala Coffee Harvest 2013 Tours and More

For travelers planning a trip to Guatemala over the next few months you will not find information about the Guatemala Coffee Harvest for 2013 on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet or any other travel sites for Guatemala.

The results from the Guatemala coffee harvest this year will be a study in extremes; great coffees from some farms, and serious quality issues from others. While some areas seem to have good volume of coffee on the trees and nice quality, others zones are being devastated by a coffee fungus called Roya.

High farms in Antigua that we visit, like Cabrejo, have slight signs of Roya, but in general the coffee shrubs are leafy and loaded with cherry. Acatenango is again badly affected, as it was last year. Some farms will produce half of what they did two harvests ago.

Away from the bad news about Roya is that Guatemala still have some of the best Coffee in the World. High Mountain, Shade Grown Coffee. In Regions like Antigua and Lake Atitlan Guatemala. The highland they call it.

Some advise for travelers to Guatemala Seeking Great Coffee.

If you are heading to Antigua Guatemala check out Antigua Tours. Elizabeth Bell I can only say offers the best tours in Antigua and I would ask Elizabeth about a Coffee Finca Tour. You will not be disappointed.

Antigua Tours was founded by Elizabeth Bell in Antigua Guatemala in 1992. Providing the best cultural tours of Antigua and surrounding areas,

We also offer travel arrangements throughout Guatemala. Specializing in personalized itineraries, service and information, we offer shuttles and hotel reservations to make your travels easier in Guatemala. Our goal is to provide efficient service to our clients.

We achieve this by understanding and recognizing each client’s needs. We work in a professional and timely manner with the sole intention of complete customer satisfaction.

Guatemala Coffee Lake Atitlan

The Lake as it is called is the most amazing, coffee region in Guatemala. Well that is my opinion the beauty and the villages around the lake well it is all one can take. If you are seeking great coffee let me suggest. Kayak Guatemala – Los Elementos Adventure Santa Cruz la Laguna, Lake Atitlan
Solola, Guatemala (011) 502.5359.8328 (011) 502.5107.1401.

Lee & Elaine Beal are life-long adventure travellers always looking for the path less taken. In 2005, they settled on the shores of Lake Atitlan and fell in love with the lake and its people.

Lee and Elaine offer travelers the chance to walk through coffee farms between San Marcos and San Pedro on Lake Atitlan. During the next four months travellers will have the chance to see the entire process of coffee production in the Highlands of Guatemala. And yes taste great Coffee from Guatemala.

Around Lake Atitlan are numerous villages where coffee abounds. I mean it grows in back yards. San Pedro on the Lake is a Mecca for great Coffee.

The gateway to the lake is called Pana and in Pana a number of small shops exists with small harvests of coffee that even StarBucks could not buy. The best held for these local shops in Pana.

Like I said you will not find this information on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet or any other travel sites for Guatemala. Check out Elizabeth Bell in Antigua or Lee & Elaine Beal in Lake Atitlan for great Guatemala Coffee Harvest for 2013.

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Lake Atitlan Guatemala WIFI how to make it faster

If have just landed in Guatemala City on your way to Lake Atitlan or Antigua you will find ample high speed Internet and Wifi available all over Guatemala. No matter what you read in TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet or other Travel web sites about internet in Guatemala the truth is Guatemala has state of the art Internet, Wifi and Telco services even in the highlands of Guatemala.

Then some will ask why is my Wifi slow in Guatemala? This has nothing to do with the Guatemala Internet service. You can trust our opinion because we are the same folks that told Guatemala Internet users how to change there DNS setting which were causing much of Guatemala problems. Even a few commented on the fact that NetFlix was not connecting. So we are the source of real information.


If you own a tablet, a I-phone a laptop anything you dragged with you to Guatemala for your vacation this fix works for all. If you are even slightly technical. Like most we have joined a number of Wifi networks in our travels. All of these accounts are stored on your computer your Wifi logins from Hotels, Internet Cafe’s and so on. That is the problem your device is now attempting to connect to a fast state of the art network. While the US still has 4g coming at a stupid price Guate has had it for a while.

What happens is when you join a Wifi network in Guatemala all those old connections to other Wifi networks is attempting to connect to other networks you have stored in your Tablet, phone or Kindle. This confuses your computer as it keeps trying to find old networks.

The solution is simple go into your preferences for your Wifi no matter the devise and delete all these old Wifi connections leaving only the one you are using in Guatemala. On a Mac include the keychain.

Reboot and you will have the luxury of high speed Wifi compliments of the Hotel or any location in Guatemala. Enjoy your vacation in Guatemala.

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Lake Atitlan Internet and Wifi Services


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Welcome to Guatemala Weather Forecast

Crecimiento Económico
Crecimiento Económico (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to Guatemala Weather, your daily fast look at what’s happening climate-wise in places you want to visit in Guatemala.

Our Guatemala Chief Meteorologist whose weather reports can be read weekdays http://www.lakeatitlantravelguide.com/, http://i-travelreview.com/ in Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala and Lake Atitlan reports on first hand views of the local weather for all of Guatemala.
Lesman Yokobsen is a recognized for his  role as Guatemala’s Chief Meteorologist helping predict many storms as they approached the highland of Guatemala including both Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010 and Tropical Storm Betty in 2013.
Antigua Guatemala – Lake Atitlan
Daytime: Intermittent thunderstorms. High near 80F(26C). Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph (to 16 kms). Chance of rain 60%
Nighttime: A littering of showers and thunderstorms, especially over the evening. Low around 60F (15C). Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph (8 to 16 kms). Odds of rain 60%.
Flores Guatemala – If you’re going to Tikal Guatemala to see awesome Maya ruins.
Daytime: A light hodgepodge of clouds amid sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 93F (33F). Winds E at 5 to 10 mph (8 to 16 kms). Odds of rain 40%.
Nighttime: Occasional thunderstorms in the evening, then skies will get partly cloudy after midnight. Low 71F (21C). Winds light and variable. May be some rain possibilities at 30%.
Livingston Guatemala – If you’re after a Caribbean experience in Guatemala.
Daytime:  Scattered thunderstorms. High 89F (32C). Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph (16 to 24 kms). Rain chances at 60%.
Nighttime: Big gaps between scattered showers or a thunderstorm this evening. Then patchy cloud activity. Low 74F (23C). Winds light and, actually, hardly noticeable. Chance of rain is 30%.
Monterrico Guatemala – If you’ve got a thing for Pacific beaches that are pristine and hot, hot,hot year-round.
Daytime:  Look for a high of 94F (34C). Wash cloth humid (feels like 109F or 43C) with alternating episodes of clouds and sun; a light sprinkling of rain or thunderstorm this afternoon.  Winds 4 to 10 mph (6 to 16 kms).
Nighttime:  Evening will unveil showers or a thunderstorm.  Temperature will dip to 72F (22C), otherwise, partly cloudy. Winds 4 to 7 mph (6 to 11 kms).