Guatemala: Part 2, Exploring San Marcos and Enjoying Pizza


Happy May and welcome to part 2 of the recap of my fabulous adventure to Guatemala! Sidenote: fabulous is my adjective of choice at the moment.

Part 1 is here if you want to or need to catch up.

Let’s dive in, just like I’m sure you want to dive into that clear blue water in the picture above. Actually you don’t since Lake Atitlán is filled with waste water from toilets and such that people dump into it. ICK.


Day 3

We woke up to the sound of a very loud, very repetitive gong. Meditation time. We decided to try it. Key word: TRY.

I had really bad allergies for about half the trip (due to volcanic ash and fog). I write this because I was really feeling them during meditation so the deep breathing of meditation was difficult. About half way through meditation, my mom laid down… so I decided to follow her lead. This caused my mom to crack up, so I started cracking up, and because we knew how inappropriate it was to laugh while meditating we decided to laugh even harder (??). We FAIL. At least we didn’t fail the yoga class after meditation! I was the most focused I’ve ever been in a yoga class thanks to the meditation, and I actually fell asleep during shavasana for the first time ever!

After yoga, we enjoyed multiple servings of the usual breakfast100_7512100_7505

Then Mom, Katie (our friend from contact dance), and I walked down the mountain to the nearby town of San Marcos. San Marcos was pretty small (there are only a few streets), and a lot of people speak English since the town is populated with expats from English-speaking countries like the United States and Australia.



We walked around and ended up at a smoothie shop where we split a mango/ coconut/ lucama/ macadamia nut mylk smoothie. We also went into a place that makes their very own kombucha (probiotic drink) and got some! It was yummy, and great for our bellies.



We walked back up to TYF for a lunch of veggie curry, veggie stew, rice, corn tortillas, and salad.

After lunch, I hung out on the hammock on the deck of our room. P1270346

Then we went to town again to get dessert since there isn’t much of it at TYF and WE NEED DESSERT! I savored a deliciously rich (vegan!) chocolate tart with an oat base, a creamy banana filling, and a silky smooth chocolate topping from a local restaurant and hostel (Circles) for 20 Q (Guatemalan currency- 20 Q is about 3 US $). Mom got a non-vegan chocolate macadamia nut brownie. 100_7598100_7602

We traversed back up to TYF when we finished our dessert for an acro yoga class! Acro yoga is balancing yoga with a partner. I was a “flyer” so I got to balance on the “base.” We did some cool poses like the ones below.


P1270454This evening was awesome because first there was acro yoga and second… it was PIZZA night for dinner! The local kitchen staff made thin pizza crusts and sauces, but we got to assemble the pizzas and put whatever toppings we wanted on them! The sauces were tomato and pesto, while toppings were grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, onion, mozzarella cheese, and homemade goat cheese made from the milk from the goats cared for by TYF! There was also a side dish of roasted potatoes, beets, carrots, and herbs (my FAVORITE).


Putting personalized pizzas into the pizza oven!


Some people also made a delectable dessert pizza with a peanut butter base and topped with plantain slices and raisins. Everyone shared the pizzas while they listened to the live music (drumming and singing) performed by TYF staff. It was such a fun night.

Day 4

My allergies were bugging me again, so Mom and I decided to skip meditation and just go to yoga. Right before class started, I needed to blow my nose (bc allergies). There were no tissues in the studio, so I ran to our room to get some… but on my way there, running down the steep steps, I twisted my right ankle inwards and fell down onto it and onto the stone step below. I heard a loud pop and then I could barely walk. But I ignored the woman who saw it happen and told me to sit down because class was starting in any minute. Instead, I hobbled to our room, grabbed tissues, and limped as fast as I could back to the pavilion where class was taking place. Then I participated in class. And found out after class that my ankle had swollen up. Good job, Ellie.

On the bright side, breakfast was fab and the view was finally clear enough to see the mountains across the lake!



Above: One of the local chefs flipping bread for toast, as well as a picture of our typical breakfast.

After breakfast, Mom and I put on our bathing suits and worked on our tan until lunch (while wearing copious amounts of sunscreen of course). Lunch was leftovers from pizza night- toppings plus the potato/ beet/ carrot medley. After lunch we continued to relax in the sun, and then we went to restorative yoga from 4 to 5:30.


Dinner after yoga was pad thai and salad with zucchini and cashews- delicious as usual. Dinner was always one of my favorite parts of the day at TYF since I loved learning more about others at the Forest… and the food rocked! I showered after dinner in the dark under the moon and the stars. I felt so outdoorsy and I loved it.

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Check back on Monday morning for the final recap! Much love!
xx Ellie


17 thoughts on “Guatemala: Part 2, Exploring San Marcos and Enjoying Pizza

  1. superfitbabe says:

    I hope that your ankle gets better and that it’s nothing serious! But in other words, the photos of your yoga poses and the food look stunning! Fresh toast and peanut butter every morning sounds like perfection!!

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      Thank you so much, Cassie! Just a light ankle sprain- thank goodness.
      Peanut butter toast and fruit for breakfast every mooring was heavenly- you would have loved it! The acro yoga poses were so fun to do. 🙂
      Thanks for reading, Cassie!! xx

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  2. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Hey, keep the “fabulouses” coming! Is fabulouses even a word? Haha. Let’s make it one! Loved that you and your mom were just laying down and cracking up during this supposedly focused and quiet meditation time. That happens with my sisters and I when we go do something serious. Mature, I know. 😉 And… um, acro yoga AND personalized pizzas? Yeah, I’m just about 1000% sure that that is the most perfect day EVER. Your trip sounds absolutely amazing, Ellie. I’m so happy that you had a great time. Can’t wait for the final recap! 😉

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      Fabulouses is a word in my dictionary! So glad you’re having fun reading and that my mom and I aren’t the only ones that crack up during “serious” situations! Acro yoga and pizza was actually the perfect day tbh.
      Thanks Demeter! xx


  3. Life Diet Health says:

    Ooo Acro yoga looks so much fun – I have to try that (not sure my physiotherapist would agree)! 😛 Your ankle injury was a warning Ellie – you were in a place of peace and tranquillity and shouldn’t have been running about! Thankfully it was nothing serious and presumably it slowed your pace for a few days! More wonderful views and delicious foods oh and get this… I actually bought some PEANUT butter!!! 😀 x

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    • peanutbutterandellie says:

      Hahaha so true, I never thought of the ankle injury being a sign that I should slow down and relax more! You’re full of wisdom.
      I think you could try acro yoga, especially if you were a flyer! It doesn’t take much work or strength to “fly,” and it’s a lot of fun! I’m not sure where you could find a place to do it, though… 😦
      I’m SO glad you’re reading and enjoying these posts- I’m happy I can share the trip with you through pictures and stories!

      AHHH YAY- peanut butter is so good!! What kind did you buy? Salted or unsalted? Creamy or crunchy? And have you ever made your own peanut butter?

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      • Life Diet Health says:

        Ellie… I just had peanut butter on toast (homemade oat toasts)!!! That’s a first for me!!! 😛 Made me think of you! 😀 Its a smooth unsalted one – nothing except peanuts in it 🙂 Come on Ellie… I don’t buy peanuts!!! Almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, macadamias and even pine nuts… but not peanuts! You know I only just bought my first ever jar of peanut butter! I need a better blender – I don’t have a Vitamix 😦 so it takes forever to make nut butter as I don’t want to add oil! I usually end up with a crumbly but delicious almond butter! 🙂 Oh, I already took screenshots of your poses and sent them to hubby telling him I need to learn that! 😛 😀 xxx

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      • peanutbutterandellie says:

        Mmmm peanut butter on oat toast. ❤
        No peanuts!? Craziness! However, those other nuts are pretty delicious too… 😉
        Are almonds your favorite nut?
        Like yours, the nut butter in Guatemala was crumbly but delicious- it tasted just as good as (maybe even better than) store-bought nut butter! Probably because it’s “purer.” 🙂
        I’ll have to try making my own almond butter now! It’s just that I like peanut butter more because I’m so used to it.
        Yay about acro yoga! I bet there are videos on Youtube that teach you how to do it. You and your husband, or you and your son, could do it together!! They could be the base and you could be the flyer (since flying is more fun). xx

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      • Life Diet Health says:

        You know Ellie after eating peanut butter, the almond butter doesn’t taste of anything!!! And you know almond is my favourite nut butter! As for my favourite nut, well I’d never really thought about that! Pistachios maybe? Or maybe that’s just because that’s what we have easy access to snack on? Toasted hazelnuts perhaps? Almonds go well in breakfast though, or cookies, or chocolate, or cake…

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      • Life Diet Health says:

        OMGosh Ellie! You’ve never had hazelnuts?!! You know they even serve them with your drinks on Turkish Airlines flights – in little bags (like peanuts)! Delicious especially in chocolate or cake… or cookies for that matter! 😛 As for almond dessert – not really, I just like munching on them! 😀

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