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An escape to the volcanoes and ancient ruins of Guatemala

TIKAL — As my birthday approached this fall, I felt an overwhelming urge to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head. My next instinct was to run, which is how I found myself scrambling up an active volcano in Guatemala the day I turned 40.

My boyfriend, Richie, and I planned the trip at the last minute, picking Guatemala not only because it’s a beautiful country with a rich history but also because it is affordable, warm, and not too far from Boston. And with dozens of erupting volcanoes and ancient Maya ruins to explore, it seemed like a legitimate escape.

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