My husband and I are approaching our 1 year ‘veganniversary’ and for the most part, we haven’t had to overcome any obstacles in making vegan decisions in our day-to-day lives. When it comes to traveling vegan we always plan ahead to avoid stressful situations.
A few months back, a few friends and I had been talking about booking a trip to Guatemala. When the time came to book it I was so excited, I couldn’t stop counting the number of days until take off! But shortly after we booked, a mild panic set in. I started thinking about traveling vegan in Guatemala… was I going to be able to eat anything?
Preparing to travel vegan in Guatemala
We had been planning to travel around a fair amount in order to see Antigua, San Pedro, San Marcos, Guatemala City and hike Acatenango volcano, all within 10 days. After doing some research I concluded eating vegan would be next to impossible and that I was going to live off of a diet of vegan granola bars, that I would pack, and possibly rice and beans.
The morning before we left I made a hearty tofu scramble and roasted potatoes, packed some snacks for the airplane, and 10 days worth of granola bars. I was excited that I was going to see a new country, so I wasn’t worried about missing out on the local cuisine.
Vegan in Guatemala: Day One
Our first meal in Guatemala was breakfast the morning after we arrived. We went to a little café across the street from where we were staying called Amanecer Juice Bar. I was blown away by all of the vegan breakfast options! I ended up ordering: coffee with soy milk, avocado toast with spinach and alfalfa and a peanut butter chia seed smoothie for the road. I instantly felt more confident that I could eat vegan more easily, and thank goodness because throughout the rest of the trip I ate so much delicious food!
Eating vegan in Guatemala
Here is a list of where and what I ate in Guatemala, and I’m proud to say that I only ate 2 granola bars I had brought the entire trip:
- Amanecer Juice Bar
- Avocado toast with spinach and alfalfa
- Peanut butter and chia seed smoothie
- Peanut butter smoothie bowl topped with banana, cacao, and oats
- Tofu tacos on black corn tortillas
- Scrambled tofu on a vegan baguette, topped with sautéed vegetables and a side salad
- Bigfoot Hostel
- ‘Italiano’ salad – strawberries, avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds and a balsamic dressing
- Guacamole and chips
In San Pedro
- Hotel Mikaso
- Veggie burger (no cheese) with French fries
- Guacamole and chips
- Avocado toast with sautéed vegetables
- Italian Bakery
- Beans and rice, with avocado, sautéed vegetables, and corn tortillas
- The Firth Dimension (I LOVED this place; it’s a MUST to eat at)
- Tempeh and vegetable stir fry in a curried sauce served over brown rice
In San Marcos
- Circles Café
- Hummus platter, with roasted and fresh cut vegetables, served alongside gluten-free bread
- Vegan cheesecake!
- The Yoga Forest
- Vegetable and cashew stir fry with rice noodles and salad
- Hostel Del Lago
- Rice and beans with guacamole, corn tortillas and fresh fruit
Final thoughts on traveling vegan to Guatemala
All in all, our trip to Guatemala was a very memorable one. It’s a beautiful country, with extremely friendly people, and delicious cuisine. Best of all, there are tons of vegan options! I definitely recommend a trip to Guatemala for anyone who is looking for a vacation filled with adventure, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and memories to last for years to come!