Touring San Juan La Laguna with Juan Carlos

In deciding to pick out one town on the lake to visit with my parents, the choice was obvious – San Juan La Laguna. This was our third visit to the town and we arranged to use the same guide who had taken us around on our previous visits – Juan Carlos (on the right).


I highly recommend using him if your visits bring you to San Juan. On one visit, the one where we had decided to purchase some paintings, we had been driving through part of the town and noticed some additional galleries (most are on the main street up from the dock).

We asked him to take us to them and it turned out one of them was run by his cousin. We thought it spoke very highly to his character that he hadn’t intentionally brought us there since the painter was his cousin. We only ended up there because we asked him to take us.

You can email him in advance to arrange a tour or ask about available options at j3carlos9 {at}

Weekend Guests

We’ve got a couple of extra guests with us this weekend – Cindy, a one-year-old poodle (and all of around 2 pounds) and Bella, a fourteen-year-old dachshund mix (whom we have affectionately dubbed ‘Old Girl’).





DiploDog and DiploTot have enjoyed having the extra friends. Here’s DiploTot trying to get to Cindy while she is underneath the sofa bed.


La Catedral in Antigua

In our first few visits to Antigua, I had not realized that there are vast ruins at the rear of the Cathedral that faces the central park. So, when we stopped by Antigua on our way back from the lake with my parents, I made a point to see them after we had toured them around and enjoyed lunch at Frida’s.

On the way, we came across some traditional dancers that were performing in the street. They looked to be wrapping up, so I didn’t really get to see the dance, but I hope they will be there again on a future visit.


The Cathedral was built in 1670 and the earthquake of 1773 all but destroyed the building.








Here’s DiploMom attempting to stave off the DiploTot meltdown. She had been a real trooper, so at this point we decided it was time to head back home.


San Antonio Palopó

We enjoyed being able to visit a new town on this most recent visit to Lake Atitlán. Our rental house was just outside of San Antonio Palopó and it was an easy stroll into town to check things out.


The town doesn’t seem to get too many tourists so we felt like we really stood out. Perhaps it was the sight of DiploTot strapped to the back of DiploMom, something that probably isn’t that commonly seen, at least when it comes to gringos. DiploMom commented that kids were popping their heads out of windows and commenting amongst themselves about the sight. One little boy even ran up behind us in an attempt to touch the back of DiploTot’s head.

The town is known is known for its ceramics and we were able to see where they are made and to purchase several items from one of the galleries.





Here’s the view looking out over the lake from town’s church.



Lake Atitlán House

With my parents in town for a visit, we headed back to Lake Atitlán this weekend. Thanks to VRBO, we found an amazing house near the town of San Antonio Palopó, which was a part of the lake we had not yet been to. The house was incredible – totally modern, spacious (3 bedroom, 3 bath) with amazing views.










DiploTot at Gymboree

We were excited to discover a Gymboree location not far from our house – certainly not something that we figured we would have access to here in Guatemala City. We signed DiploTot up and we are looking forward to being able to take her a couple of times a week. Gymboree actually has quite a few international locations, even in countries like Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, something I never would have expected.

DiploTot has a blast and gets very worn out, which is working out well now that she has moved to one nap a day.