What happens when you take a group of top Instagrammers on a trip through Mexico and Guatemala? Adventure travel company Intrepid did just that and hosted seven Instagrammers on a project called the ‘Adventure Collective’. From the vibrant cities in Mexico to ancient pyramid ruins and waterfalls, here are 13 photos of Mexico and Guatemala to feast your eyes on.
1-Woman weaver, San Juan, Guatemala
This woman is a traditional weaver in San Juan, Guatemala, located on the shores Lake Atitlan. She is part of a culture of women who hand pick, sort, dye and weave cotton using traditional techniques to create clothing and blankets. The careful process means it can take weeks to produce something.
2-Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico
About an hour out of Oaxaca is a petrified waterfall, which is a set of natural rock formations that resembles cascades of water. This was taken at the top of the ‘waterfall’ overlooking dramatic mountainous landscape.
3-View of Mexico City
Sunset over Mexico City from 40 stories up.
4- Lady and her cat, San Juan, Guatemala
An older Mayan woman passing the afternoon in the sunshine.
5- Violin man, Mexico City
This characterful gentleman was spotted in the old town of México City. His music was mesmerising, which seemed to soundtrack his presence.
6- Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Closed in by 4 volcanoes, Lake Atitlan is one of the most picturesque destinations in Guatemala. This photo was taken in Panajachel, a great base for adventure activities.
7- Mime, San Cristobel, Mexico
A young mime artist in San Cristobal, Mexico. He saluted Miguel with a welcoming smile and proceeded to perform just for the camera. He was a proper little showman!
8- Taco Man, Mexico City
There are a lot of characters to meet on a taco crawl through Mexico City. This man and his wife welcomed the group into their tiny street side shop and fed them amazing pork cheek tacos.
9- Sumidero Canyon, San Cristobel, Mexico
Just outside of San Cristobel in the Chiapas region of Mexico is the Sumidero Canyon. Described as ‘Jurassic park meets the Norwegian fjords’ by Callum, the Canyon has vertical walls that reach as high as 1000 metres. The group took a boat ride through the narrow walls of the canyon.
10- Teotihuacan Ruins, Mexico
About an hour out of Mexico City lies the Teotihuacan Ruins. A World Heritage Listed site, the ruins were once part of an ancient Mesoamerican city and is the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.
11- Somewhere between Mexico City and Oaxaca
The group pulled over on their way to Oaxaca to catch the sunset and stumbled upon a local fishing farm. The fisherman took them on a tour of his farm, where this photo was taken.
12- OldMan, San Pedro de Laguna, Guatemala
This man was sitting alone on a park bench underneath the cathedral in San Pedro La Laguna on the beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. His face told a thousand stories.
13- Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
One of the most popular photo spots in Panajachel is a simple pier leading into the lake, with volcanoes in the background.
Discover Mexico and Guatemala
Chichen Itza is one of the most amazing World Heritage sites in the world. Another place to visit in Mexico is the Baja Peninsula. Mexico and Guatemala are full of character and wonderfully exotic but it’s important to remember that if you’re planning on travelling independently, there are things you should be aware of before you go. Here are some Guatemala safety tips.
If you’d rather travel in a group or an organised tour, check out this Intrepid travel tour here.