Surfing on Pacaya Volcano's Lava in Antigua, Guatemala
Pinks, yellows, turquoises, and sun-kissed limes paint the psychedelic color scheme of Antigua, a volcano-enclaved Spanish colonial town 45 minutes away from the bustling center of Guatemala. Home to local and international artists and having retained much of its historic architectural landscape, bohemian chic is the overarching flavor of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 30-minute stroll along the cobblestone roads can take you from a 16th-century cathedral turned concert venue, to a lantern-lit Andalusian tapas bar with live flamenco dancers, through a colorful artisan street fair, into an upscale Meso-American house of jewelry, and to the foothills of the active Pacaya Volcano. On a good day, you'll get to climb it, pick a wild orchid at the peak, and stand on floating lava before the easy descent. No joke; any of the meandering tour guides can tell you when it's best to go. Before you leave, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Antigua’s world-class rum to share with your friends back home.