As we were flying out of Cuba, finally escaping, our Copa flight showed travel advertisements for Guatemala. I was quite taken by the scenery, the people and just the general theme of the ads. I was looking forward to Guatemala, almost glad it was at the end of our Central American tour. And I wasn’t disappointed.

The combination of the ancient Guatemala city of Antigua, Panajachel by Lake Atitlán, the markets of Chichicastenango and the Mayan archaeological site of Tikal was a wonderful mix.