The Vegan Traveler’s Dilemma

Photo by Helene84

One of the reasons I created a destination for vegetarian travelers is that I love to travel. So often, food during travel becomes a series of negotiations. It’s rarely a highlight.

We recently traveled to a part of Guatemala I hadn’t been to: Coban and Semuc Champey. Semuc Champey is stunning, but I have no photos because my camera was stolen (the photo here is from Helene84 on Wikimedia Commons).

Semuc Champey features crystal clear pools that appear turquoise from above. We took an amazing hike to the Mirador (lookout) with howler monkeys climbing in the trees above. We tubed down the river, basking in nature and cool water.

But with all of that, the food was mediocre at best. We brought some of our food, but there’s only so much you can do without refrigeration. Fortunately it’s hot enough there that we didn’t feel like eating much. Few restaurants understand vegan, and almost all of the vegetarian options are loaded with eggs and cheese.

DAcunaSalad-300x225An exception to this was a restaurant in Coban: Casa D’Acuna. While in many places the food here would be above average, for Guatemala it was spectacular. They served one of the best and certainly the most beautiful salads I’ve had at any restaurant in Guatemala. Their fresh breads were excellent and the vegetable soup was very good.

The thing is, that was by far the best meal we had on our trip.

Which brings me full circle: at Lake Villa Guatemala, I work to provide a variety of fresh and delicious meals with the complete confidence that everything on your plate is 100% plant-based.

Update October, 2015: It’s also the reason I created the Vegan Guatemala directory–to share what I’ve learned about where to get plant-based meals in Guatemala.

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