It's largely thanks to these folks that Guatemala has such a rich and unique culture. And it's this culture that entices many of the expats who have made their homes here. "I love how different it is, and I want it to stay that way, too," says Jean Johnson who lives in the colonial city of Antigua. "It's like traveling into some epic or bygone landscape," says Portland-native John Kin, of traveling around the highlands.
To get to Marvão you drive up a winding road past olive groves and through an amazing beech forest. Then you ditch the car and walk through imposing medieval gates to get lost amid the winding cobblestone lanes and whitewashed houses...
I knew Ipoh had an old town, some of it restored, but the internet was scant on details. So I took a trip...and there I was drinking snow beer. The real estate I viewed wasn't super exciting but I did come across a "ghost bargain."
The houses here seem to sprout from the ground, a formidable mass of ancient stones, old timbers and terracotta tiles...Wood piles by the doors are a clue to the harsh winters but today the gardens are blooming and fruit begins to bud on lichen-covered trees..
It's a lifestyle that's waiting for you in Panama's Los Santos province. Beaches here come in all shapes and sizes, but each is unspoiled and often deserted. These perfect stretches of sand and the warm waters that lap them are what draw most foreign folks to the region.