Once you get to know Guatemala, it’s hard to pick just one favorite place. However, a favorite (among many) is the Isla de Flores in Lake Petén Itzá.
Friday night pizza and ice cream in the central square are special memories.
(Ice cream bars were the usual, but some days call for something fancier!)
Walking the rim of the island is another.
Then there’s the ever-changing beauty of the lake itself!
What about you? Do you have a favorite spot in Guatemala? Share a name, photo or memory with us in the comments/reply box or on Facebook. Maybe we’ve been to the same places, and your favorite could be the feature of a future post! Stay tuned!
The team behind Understanding the Guatemalan Patientseeks to share not only our love for Guatemala, but also our knowledge of her words and culture. Whether you’re traveling near Flores on a medical mission team, you dream about doing so or you serve Guatemalans around the globe, let us share our knowledge with you. Check out Understanding the Guatemalan Patienton Amazon or contact ustoday for other buying options!
With our 50th post, we’re sharing three of our favorite things about Guatemala.
The natural beauty. Even though the country is only about the size of the state of Tennessee, its terrain is varied and breathtaking. Mountains, waterfalls, beaches, volcanoes, rain forests, desert-like plains – Guatemala claims them all. Known as the “Land of the Eternal Spring”, you can imagine the rainbow of flowers that grow here. Budding bougainvillea vines and lush hibiscus blooms are only the beginning. If you ever have a chance to visit, make sure to stay by the volcano-bordered Lake Atitlán, a place considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
The colorful culture. One can hardly help smiling when greeted by the bright colors that are a hallmark of Guatemalan artistry. Intricately woven textiles still fill many shop stalls and bring cheer to many homes. If you’re at all familiar with the patterns, you can usually tell when someone else has done some Guatemalan shopping. Those who love Guatemala enjoy being able to spot each other this way!
The people. Yes, Guatemala has gorgeous scenery and colorful craftsmanship, but her greatest treasure is her people. With their warm smiles, gracious ways, resourcefulness and general willingness to work hard, they can win visitors’ hearts easily and can leave a lasting impact on visitors’ lives. These are the people whom the team behind Understanding the Guatemalan Patient hopes to serve and bless whether they are living in their vibrant homeland or making a home in a new land.
What about you? Have you been to Guatemala? If so, what did you love? If not, would you like to go and what would you most like to do? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below!