San Juan La Laguna, a remote Guatemalan town with views of Lake Atitlán, hasn’t been drastically reshaped by foreigners.
Seth Kugel on bargaining at hotels.
While traveling in groups can help with dividing costs, it also means satisfying a crew with diverse breaking points.
The Frugal Traveler learns that finding your way from place to place in Nicaragua, with its unusual address system and virtually non-existent street signs, can be a challenge.
The Frugal Traveler’s parents join him in Nicaragua, and learn about shared bathrooms, bargaining over hotel rooms, and $3 lobster lunches.
The Frugal Traveler leaves Mexico behind for swamp tours, jazz clubs and southern cooking in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Longing for familiar faces, the Frugal Traveler meets up with two old high school friends. Together, they explore Colombia’s Santander province, known for adventure tourism, colonial towns and roasted ants.
The Frugal Traveler apologizes to a spurned nation.
In La Balsa, a woman washes an armadillo by the river.
The Frugal Traveler scores a lunch invite from a vice-governor, discovers an irresistible sweets stand in Popayán and visits an odd archaeological site in San Agustín.