Postcards from Guatemala

Guatemala turned out to be our eleventh Latin America country visited, and was easily elevated to one of our favourites.

However, we recognize that our appreciation of Guatemala may have been highly circumstantial – it just happened to provide us exactly we needed at the time. The brilliant colors of Antigua lifted us out of the dreary greys and whites we had left behind in Wisconsin. Earning some tan lines prepared us for our fear of experiencing an upcoming winter trip near the Arctic Circle.

We wanted a change of pace from all the North American and European travel we’d been doing, and we got it. We wanted time to grieve, to hike until our feet hurt, and to treat ourselves with some marvelous landcapes, and we got that too.

We came away feeling refreshed, uplifted, and excited. Appreciating travel, as always, is entirely a matter of perspective – many countries may have had the same effect.

But, it wasn’t another country. It was Guatemala. And for that, we will be forever grateful.


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32 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • March 7 2013

    A fitting finale to the wonderful journey! Stunning captures, thanks for sharing the beauty with us all 🙂
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    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Thank you Arti, I’m glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • March 7 2013

    Gorgeous, as usual. I especially love the first one of Antigua.
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    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Thanks Amanda, that shot took me a few attempts to get as the weather was not cooperating. Then one morning it just did.

  • March 7 2013

    You need to start selling physical copies of these postcards you keep making … outstanding!

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Cheers James, you’re not the first one to say that, so I think I might give it a try.

  • A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer)
    March 7 2013

    I love the composition of the penultimate one. I have a thing for symmetry 🙂

    Thanks for taking me to Central America – you’re starting to open up my horizons to a region that wasn’t even on my travel list before.

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      I’m so happy to hear that 🙂 I love it when photography does that.

  • March 8 2013

    Those photos are incredible =) Absolutely love it.

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed 🙂

  • March 9 2013

    Your photos capture the spirit of Guatemala very well! How’s Antigua doing after the eruption that happened a while back?

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Cheers Matthew, from what I can tell life seems to be back to normal. A few discussions with some locals and they say the same, but of course are just waiting for the next one to happen.

  • March 9 2013

    Great Postcards – so many favourites.

  • Spectacular photographies! Especially the first one is striking! Really love it, if you would like to take part in my Friday Lens Affair just give me a shout!
    Marysia @ My Travel Affairs recently posted..Hemsedal – Skiing in Norway

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Thanks Marysia! I will certainly have a look at your Friday Lens Affair and let you know.

  • March 9 2013

    Beautiful shots. Think about selling prints of them or making e-cards of them.
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    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Thanks Maria, I think I might just do so.

  • Beautiful pictures. Guatemala is first on my list of Central American countries to visit.

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      Such a beautiful diverse country. Thanks Bethaney!

  • March 10 2013

    These are lovely! Like with any Central American country, I love the colours!

    • Pete
      March 10 2013

      The colors were just spectacular, everywhere throughout the country. Thanks Audrey.

  • March 11 2013

    A gorgeous set of shots. I’ve had a small taste of Guatemala but would like to get to Antigua – and spend time there learning Spanish.
    Leigh recently posted..Hiking in Colombia: A Big Valley & Strange Vegetation

    • March 15 2013

      I think that Antigua is quite a hotbed for learning Spanish. I’d love to spend more time there as well!

  • March 13 2013

    A great finale to your travels in Guatemala, guys! Sounds like it fit the bill perfectly for all you were needing at the time. I hope the wounds are healing, so to speak and I can’t wait to hear more about your winter trip to Finland.
    Cherina recently posted..Hiking in Alaska: Lion’s Head, Glacier View

    • March 15 2013

      Thanks Cherina! Guatemala was *JUST* what we needed at the time, it’s such a colorful, lively country.

  • March 15 2013

    I love these pictures! I’ve never really thought about going to Guatemala, but I might just change my mind. That first picture is gorgeous!

    • March 15 2013

      Thanks Mallory! Glad you enjoyed the pics and I hope you get to Guatemala, it is an amazing country.

  • March 18 2013

    What a beautiful country! I’ve heard that it is pretty cheap there as well.
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  • Ali
    April 3 2013

    Gorgeous as always! I’m glad you got what you needed by spending some time in Guatemala. Definitely a place I’d love to visit someday.

    • April 4 2013

      Thanks Ali! I hope you get there too, it is a gorgeous country.

  • July 25 2013

    I really want to go back to Central/South America. I only got a taste of it last year, but these photos make me want to go again (also I’ve met some cool people while traveling who happen to live in South America).

  • December 10 2013

    Great photos…I could learn a lot from studying the angles you choose to shoot your shots from. It makes such a difference in elevating them from the ordinary.

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