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Postcards from Guatemala

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photo by Pete Heck

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

  1. I love the composition of the penultimate one. I have a thing for symmetry πŸ™‚

    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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

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