Most visitors to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala arrive in Panajachel, but the overcrowded, touristy town does not capture the true essence of the lake. To better appreciate its beauty, take a public boat to San Marcos ($3.50) enjoying the view of the volcanoes which surround Atitlan.
Take a leisurely, traditional Guatemalan breakfast in the garden of Restaurant Fe ($5) before a digestive walk to the famous diving platform just outside town. From here you can get up close and personal with the lake by hurling yourself into it, while those that don’t have such a head for heights can sun themselves on the deck.
After frolicking in the lake, walk back to the dock and make the short hop over to San Juan ($1.50) where you can visit cooperatives of local women supporting their families by making and selling handicrafts. Treat yourself to a colorful bag or buy some souvenirs for family and friends ($20).
Now it’s time for another short boat ride to San Pedro ($1.50) with its wide selection of restaurants. Head to Hummus Ya for some Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine ($10), walking around the village for a while before hiring a kayak ($8) to glide around the lake under your own steam.
Once the sun has slipped behind the mountains, it’s time to return to shore for dinner and drinks at Burma POP ($20 food and drinks). Choose from a selection of Burmese dishes, washed down with cold beers or freshly-prepared cocktails, as you consider your options for the night ahead.
The Alamo was a place occupied by Spanish settlers, and an important part of the early stages of Texas’s war for independence from Mexico. The Spanish settlers established a military and prepared for a fight. During the early stages of the war, a group of Texan soldiers ambushed and took over the Alamo from the Mexican military and gained control of San Antonio. Shortly after, the Mexican military gained control once again. The Battle of The Alamo went on for years and eventually ended with the Texans winning.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.