I recently had the great pleasure of producing photo and video content for Amanda Björn’s tour of Antigua and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Amanda is a professional photographer who leads photo and art oriented tours in Cuba and Guatemala. Our trip felt more like traveling with a group of friends than a guided tour, which was a truly unique and memorable way to discover the fascinating country of Guatemala for the first time.
Antigua is a UNESCO world heritage site in the central highlands of Guatemala. Famous for its colorful Spanish colonial buildings, wandering the cobblestones streets feels like stepping back in time.
Lake Atitlán is a stunning body of water in a volcanic crater. It is known for its natural beauty and the Mayan villages that surround it. Some of the best coffee in the world can be found here, as well as some of the most exquisite handmade textiles.
Amanda took us to some of her favorite restaurants, we learned about the beautiful art of textile creation from local women, and we visited villages full of talented artisans around Lake Atitlán. The small size of the group allowed us to really get to know one another and to have a lot of flexibility in our activities. We stayed at a lovely boutique hotel in Antigua, and a house on the water at Lake Atitlán. If you’re interested in photography, history, and art I highly recommend traveling with Amanda.
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Exploring the streets of Antigua in one of my favorite travel outfits.
Learning about the traditional art and craft of Guatemalan textile making
Before we boarded a boat to our house on Lake Atitlan
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