Guatemala is known to travellers for many things: ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful beaches, sprawling jungles and cheap Spanish lessons. However to the international community, aside from bananas and the odd textile, Guatemala is known for one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Coffee.
Like the islands of southern Thailand or the beaches of Goa. Certain places have a vibe, a feeling unexplainable to those who’ve never been, but one that’s fluent to those who have spent even the briefest moment in such places. …
It’s been many years since we’ve done any real travel; meaning spending an extended period of time in developing countries, where schedules and timelines only exist on paper. While this definitely isn’t something new to us, the journey from San …
Funny enough, while it may have been unusually warm back home in Edmonton, it was actually warmer there than it was where we were for most of the time spent here. While the unexpected cold weather was a slight shock to our system, it was another encounter on our first day that really set the mood for the coming days…
Typing this from a hut in the Guatemalan jungle, it’s clear that for Kylee and I, the goal we set for ourselves at this time last year has definitely been a success. Getting here was a long road, requiring a lot of sacrifice; and we weren’t entirely sure how it would feel.
So far, it’s going alright.
Palenque is known for one thing above all else, the ancient Mayan ruins around ten kilometres outside of town. Having a place already booked near the small cluster of backpacker accommodation known as El Panchan, roughly half-way to the ruins, once breakfast was finished we quickly headed out of town and checked into our little hut.
The torta: essentially just the name given to any Mexican sandwich. During our time in Oaxaca, this was one of the first foods we immediately fell in love with, and has remained one of our top choices when grabbing a bite on the side of the road. This is one of those comfort foods that you eat without remorse: forget about caloric intake, don’t bother counting carbs, or getting enough ‘green’ in your meal.
Some pretentious food types and Chefs will proclaim that condiments are a cop-out, that if the cooks really knew what they were doing, the eater wouldn’t need to add anything more. As an occasionally pretentious food type and former Chef myself, I can attest to this fact.
Without question, our favourite side-trip from Oaxaca, and probably the most unique spot in the entire area is Hierve el Agua. Taking the local bus from Oaxaca, we eventually arrive at the small town of Mitla, roughly 70km from the city.
Roughly 30km east of Oaxaca, the town of Tlacolula holds one of the most impressive outdoor markets we’ve ever been to; not only in terms of size, but also the incredible selection of goods for sale. Many locals from surrounding villages and tribal communities venture into the city each week to display their product