Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America

Moon Volunteer Vacations in Latin America is the ultimate guide to the best volunteer experiences available in Latin America. Seasoned volunteer Amy E. Robertson shares her own expertise while inspiring readers to choose the right volunteer placement for their specific interests. Broken into chapters based on destination, the book gives a comprehensive overview of the […]

An Oceania cruise ship docked at Santo Tomás de Castilla. Photo © Victoria Herring, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Exploring Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla

Cruise ships dock in Santo Tomás de Castilla, just across the bay from Puerto Barrios, where those wishing to go ashore will find some of the country’s best bird-watching, lush tropical rainforests, and refreshing jungle rivers.

Framework surrounds a well-preserved carved wall that is slowly being unearthed.

Getting to El Mirador and Seeing the Pyramids

Here’s how to make the journey to El Mirador, a Preclassic Maya city whose dominating feature is the presence of two large pyramid complexes, El Tigre and La Danta, running east to west and facing each other.

A surfboard sits propped against tables poolside near palapas on the shore.

Surfing Guatemala’s Pacific Coast

While neighboring countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and even El Salvador have acquired relative status as Central American surf spots, Guatemala has remained somewhat obscure in this regard. As more and more people visit, locals and foreigners alike are discovering that you can, in fact, surf in Guatemala.

Pelicans flying low above the water as waves roll in to shore.

Trip Planning: Guatemala’s Pacific Coast

Learn about the beaches, seaside towns, sights, and more located along Guatemala’s Pacific coast, a region that is experiencing growth after years of having been overlooked by the tourism industry.