We were excited to get into Guatemala. We missed (making attempts at) speaking Spanish, and we had heard they had real mountains. After the hot and humid coastal regions of Belize, we were ready for little higher altitude. Guatemala gave us some of our most overlandy experiences to date, and was the first country we've really settled into one place for an extended period of time.
After seven months of traveling, the newness and excitement can start to wear off, and you don't appreciate the incredible opportunity that immersing yourself in a foreign country can be. For that reason, it is so refreshing to have someone visit for whom these experiences are brand new. For two weeks, we were so fortunate to have Eva stay with us at Lago de Atitlan and show us how much we had been missing without her!