Guatemala is becoming more and more gay friendly. Antigua, unknown to most Americans is a gem. It's filled with small romantic boutique inns- our favorite is Posada de Angel,,colonial architecture, fabulous shopping opportunities,and the best organic coffee in the world. A great place to just stroll. and relax It's like being in Italy at half the price.. Don't miss the most beautiful lake in the world, Lake Atitlan and the town Panajchel.
Lake Atitlan issurrounded by 3 volcanos with an incredible view . Check out Casa Palopo Inn. Absdolutely beautiful The indigenous town of Santiago , a short boat ride across the lake offers great horseback and mt bike trips. Posada de santiago is a nice eco lodge with a reasonable price The nearby town of Solola has wonderful hand loomed fabrics made by indigenous women.
The Indian market at Chichicastengo is a world class experience. Chicchi has a big indigenous market offering world class quality crafts. It's open Thurs and Sunday. It's best to come the night before and stay ata small local inn called Santo Tomas. Ask me about the pagan deity Moximon in San Andreas de Itxapa, what a trip You can watch the daily worship.
Then on to the ruins of Tikal and maybe La Lanca Lodge . If more adventurous you can stay at a small lodge just steps away from the entrance to Tikal, It's powered only by generator which goes off at 10 pm BEWARE: the howler monkeys will wake you ip at 4 am . lol There are several smaller ruins in the area, a fun zipline through the jungle and other activities. More adventurous? - how about a private catamaran cruise on the Caribbean. There is a 3 day trip on the Rio Dulce . You will see many birds, several nice waterfalls and great snorkeling.
There is also a 7 day trip at under $400 per person for the week . Snorkel, dive. pratice sailing, stop at deserted islands cathc your dinner and have the crew cook it up for the evening.. End your stay in Livingston a simple Caribbean Garifuna town