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Greetings from Guatemala! Crossing the border, I realized that twelve years after I first touched down in Belize, I have now visited every country in Central America. I can’t wait to discover this sixth piece of the puzzle — and then to start over and visit them all again for the second and third times, because this is a region I just can’t seem to get enough of.

I spent my first week in the country crashing with my friend in Antigua. This charming but chilly colonial city was a great base for getting a ton of writing done, and a perfect launch pad for break time adventures to (yes, this is a real place) and Volcán Pacaya. But I have to admit… I miss the beach. Here’s hoping that Lake Atitlán, my next stop, provides a fresh water salve to my aquatic addiction.

In the meantime, here’s Photo of the Week!

Photo A

Antigua, GuatemalaColonial charms

Photo B

Week 195_004Smoky peaks

Photo C

Hobbitenango, Antigua, GuatemalaBack to nature

Photo D

Hobbitenango, Antigua, GuatemalaHobbit holes

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Gemma Two Scots Abroad
    March 9 2015

    Photo A – love the angle of the first image – as if it’s sneakily capturing the background. Looks like a magic place.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Thanks Gemma! Guatemala does seem to have an air of magic about it…

  • Hayley Simpson
    March 9 2015

    My favourite has to be D and the view from the hobbit hole. I am interested to learn more about Hobbitenango!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I’ll have more info coming up soon for sure!

  • becky hutner
    March 9 2015

    Obviously it’s the hobbit hole.

    I can’t believe you’ve been to every Central American country! I’ve been to zero Central American countries. #loser
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      It’s close by when you decide to take the plunge 🙂

  • Justine
    March 9 2015

    I’m going to have to go with B…I have such fond memories of Antigua and glimpsing those same peaks from my hostel’s balcony. And you’re so right about needing to return to Central America again and again. I feel like there’s so much to explore in the region and I’m dying to go back. Enjoy Guatemala 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I’ve definitely just begun to brush the surface. So much more to see!

  • Erika
    March 9 2015

    Hobbit Holes in Central America? I never knew! That’s a beautiful photo!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      And more coming! It will be a fully functional hobbit hotel soon.

  • Rashaad
    March 9 2015

    I choose Photo D – because a circular view of the world is not an everyday occurrence.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      So true. And it was a lovely world to be peeking out at 🙂

  • I love them all! But my favorite has to be the hobbit hole. Such great colors, and an amazing view – makes me want to be there!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I’m sure they’d welcome you with open arms!

  • Sarah
    March 10 2015

    D for it’s weirdness. What is that??
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  • Steve
    March 10 2015

    I’m choosing B this week. Spectacular looking peaks.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Guatemala is famous for its volcanoes… and I can see why!

  • Owen
    March 10 2015

    Photo D, the lighting is great and the framed view makes for a great photo!

    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Thanks Owen! It’s one of about a billion similar shots I took 🙂

  • Photo A 🙂 Yay to more diving adventures!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Happy this trip is starting to take a more diving focused turn! Missing me some underwater breathing.

  • I love Guatemala! Such a pretty country. And I definitely agree with traveling to CA over and over again! 🙂 You definitely NEED to go to Flores and Tikal National Park. You’ll love it! Stay at Los Amigos Hostel on Flores. It’s definitely your style and then I would recommend staying a night in Tikal. My friend and I stayed at the Tikal Inn and it was great! Can’t wait to read more about your Guatemalan adventures. Oh, and B and C are my favorites! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I was researching staying the night at Tikal this morning but I don’t know if it is going to happen for me. The onsite hotels are pretty pricey and I don’t have the camping gear to make that option happen :/ But definitely looking forward to Flores and Tikal otherwise!

  • Lev
    March 10 2015

    Photo D! Love it!

    “I miss the Shire. I spent all my childhood pretending I was off somewhere else … off with you on one of your adventures! My own adventure turned out to be quite different.” 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      … and here’s where I admit I’m totally hobbit illiterate. Ha. But I did like spending the day in one of their holes!

  • Charlotte Messervy
    March 10 2015

    I am obsessed with the cover photo you used for this post! It looks like a National Geographic shot.

    And, of course, the hobbit hole is stunning – the colors and the mountains in the background. It’s quite a poetic shot.

    Beautiful as always! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Thank you Charlotte! I was lucky to catch some photogenically moody weather along the way.

  • Evelina
    March 10 2015

    Photo B is impressive! Makes me feel small, in a good way 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      It definitely felt that way to stand in the shadow of it! Thanks Evelina!

  • Emily
    March 10 2015

    I’m going with D this week – great composition. Love the flowers in C as well!

    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Thanks Emily! Color continues to follow me through Central America.

  • Ashley
    March 10 2015

    I love Photo B! This is the country I’m most intrigued by in Central America, so I’m looking forward to your Guatemala posts!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Turns out I’ll be spending more time here than any other country — so should have lots to report!

  • Robb Hamic
    March 10 2015

    Guatamela looks wonderful. We plan to visit on our second loop of the Caribbean. Great photography!

    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      Thanks Robb! I’m hoping to hit the Caribbean coast towards the end of this trip.

  • Shaun's Cracked Compass
    March 10 2015

    I have to go with photo D. All I can think of is “I’m going on an adventure!”

    B is a close second though. That’s a pretty young looking volcano. Like Cerro Negro.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I don’t know much about volcanoes but… it was definitely an active one! We roasted marshmallows in its vents 🙂

  • Emily
    March 10 2015

    I like A the best. Antigua was the very first colonial city in Latin America that I’ve ever visited and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2015

      I love a good nostalgic travel destination 🙂

  • Rekha Devarapalli
    March 10 2015

    Hey Meihoukai,

    Photo D! Love the Hobbit holes, whatever they actually are 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      March 11 2015

      More will be revealed in future posts 🙂

  • Marni
    March 10 2015

    I think this might have been the hardest choice yet, but B wins it. The volcano is entirely mesmerizing and that picture is phenomenal.

    • Meihoukai
      March 11 2015

      Thank you so much Marni! I was bummed at first that the sky was overcast but it led to a great moody image.

  • Neysha
    March 12 2015

    I was born in Guatemala and it has been SO many years since I’ve been back. I can’t wait to see it all again through your lens!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 13 2015

      What a beautiful place to be born, Neysha! I’m sure returning here must be a really unique experience for you.

  • Sky
    March 13 2015

    I love Photo D. Can’t wait to read more about your time in Guatemala…as I’m sure I’ve mentioned once or twice it’s my favorite country. Can’t wait to return!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2015

      So many people love this place! I know there will be a lot of invested eyes on those posts, better make them good 🙂

  • Matt
    March 14 2015

    Photo is A cool. I am actually posting from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala also, it’s a magical place especially for photography!

    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2015

      It really is! What an ethereal place — posting my first photos from there today!

  • Leigh
    March 14 2015

    I’m a sucker for the mountains….love all of these, but B gets my vote. That round door, though…..
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    • Meihoukai
      March 15 2015

      I was just back again last night. So gorgeous!

  • amy
    March 17 2015

    Photo D – it makes me want to live in a giant hill with a circular door!
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    • Meihoukai
      March 17 2015

      I’m sure you could commission a similar one 🙂

  • Alvaro Ruiz
    March 22 2015

    Hi Meihoukai!

    Are you still in Guatemala? I would love to have a chat with you if you are still in town. I live in Antigua Guatemala and I am starting a travel website in less than a month.

    • Meihoukai
      March 23 2015

      Hey Alvaro! Unfortunately I’m headed to Belize — if you’re looking for help starting a travel site though I highly recommend checking out my Obsessions page. It has tons of resources!

  • Stef
    March 29 2015

    Photo A, the view is amazing! I cannot wait to be in Guatemala myself in a couple of weeks.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2015

      Happy travels, Stef! Where are you planning to head?