Alyssa ♡ Kim Yamamoto

↠ Founder @hiptipico 𖤥 Lake Atitlan Guatemala ∞ Ethical travel + lifestyle ≋ Living responsibly across cultures ✎ ☟Shop

if you do not care or cannot understand the plight of the migrants fleeing central america for the usa it is because you were lucky enough to be born into a privileged situation. period. i am seriously getting so exhausted with the rhetoric today. and i am not saying i know personally how the migrants feel. but i am simply saying i have compassion. and i can recognize desperation when i see it. i am asking you to please see my highlight titled “migrants” to put into perspective the risk parents from central america are taking. and if that image doesn't make you feel something then i am please asking you to check your privilege. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ these parents promised they would do anything for their children. and when push comes to shove. this is what anything really means: crossing a river holding your two year old daughter praying to come out of the other side alive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ for you it might mean sacrificing your weekend plans to take your child to see their favorite movie. or paying your child’s way through college. or using your life savings to get your child medical treatment. we all have our situations. but here, there are no movie theaters or life savings. there is no college. hospitals either. there is just no hope. @alotrolado_org is an organization working closely with families at the border with support of @together.rising. if you know of any other organizations working towards helping the incarcerated children or reuniting families please tag them. collectively, we all have the power to change the direction of humanity. 🙏🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __ #immigrantrights #justiceforall #nohumanisillegal #reunifyfamilies #endfamilyseparation #migrarnoesundelito #niñosmigrantes #refugeeswelcome #seekingasylumisnotacrime #guatemala
i am still radiating 🧡 after @hiptipico ’s launch party this weekend. 👉🏽 swipe to see some of the amazing memories we created and the incredible support system that made this journey possible. there are more on the stories + highlights [even if they're out of order!] ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ the day started with an intimate lunch with our artisan partners. 🇬🇹 they all came in from various villages around the lake, solola, el quiche, chimaltenango and we shared a delicious meal of homemade paches! then the party continued 🎉when the best of friends arrived for a ribbon cutting and of course happy hour! we were lucky enough to have a few dry spots to enjoy our ‘new’ rooftop. its not perfect. but for us at hiptipico 🌤 we see the beauty in imperfections! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i have to just take a minute to say a genuine thank you to everyone near and far that has helped hiptipico grow into a positive, creative and compassionate community. un abrazo 💕a todos! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __ #ihavethisthingwithcolor #loveislove #womencreate #changemakers #socialresponsibility #panajachel #captureconfidence #guatemala
🧡🗿⚡️💦 praying to all the mighty maya gods that the weather stays like this through the weekend. its been super hot and dry since i got back. and here in guatemala when there is a dry week or two in the middle of rainy season its called la canícula. there are ways to try and "predict" when the canícula will fall [using stars and constellations] but no one really knows. for me, the weather of course will play a role in how my fiesta goes this weekend. but more importantly, rural families watch the weather patterns this time of year for their livelihood. extreme flooding and extreme drought have a critical impact on crops with a direct correlation to chronic malnutrition in the region. [guatemala has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world] so what i'm really saying is, i hope the weather cooperates for a fruitful harvest to support those who really need their prayers answered. __ @ericalatack @tzampocresort #lagoatitlan #guateimpresionante #thatauthenticfeeling #quietinthewild #womencreate #sustainabilityjourney
just got back to #guatemala and not much time to relax! i gotta focus on setting up for our launch party this weekend. so excuse the silence! 🥀 un abrazo a todos! @ericalatack @lushatitlan #ecohotel #sustainabletravel #choosehappiness #guatelinda #zerowastetravel #ecotourism #visitguatemala #guatemalaimpresionante
🌸🌿 si hablar con cariño a las plantas les ayuda a crecer... imagina lo que puede hacer con las personas. if speaking kindly to plants helps them grow... imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do. __ #prettylittleiiinspo #thatsdarling #dailydoseofcolor #colormehappy #moodforfloral #reclaimthehappy #flowerpower
🙋🏼 i had THE hardest time picking the winner for our launch party. and, this is not like any other giveaway here on IG. i am not using a computer to generate a random winner. i read every single comment and had to pick myself. if you didn't already know, i answer every single DM i receive. [i deleted a few on accident recently 😭] so it was easy for me to choose. while i recognized so many accounts that supported me over the years. but it was NOT easy for me to choose a winner. so, here it goes! the 🌟GRAND PRIZE WINNER 🌟is @kimhernand ! you won entrance to our fiesta, 1 free night at @selina that weekend, and a @hiptipico product of your choice. for you and a guest! BUT i could not stop there. . . 🎉these supporters also get an open invitation to come celebrate with us on June 22nd. @___jessbond @kimriveraaa @danielaocanag @ana______banana @aeuniceo @_tonka_tamarindaso_ @nurse.jade i cannot thank you all enough for the immense amount of comments and love i feel from all of you. 🧡🇬🇹and once we are open, anyone is welcome to stop in our space to say hola! __ #panajachel #guatemala #lakeatitlan #puertasdeguatemala #lagoatitlan #guatemala502 #lovelulus #lulusambassdor
R A I N Y 🌤S E A S O N ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ yep - this is a rainy season morning here on #lakeatitlán . lately, i've been answering DMS about whether or not people should change their upcoming trip because they are now researching and noticing its currently rainy season. let me break it down for you: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - rainy season 💦 is roughly from may to november and is characterized with clear mornings like this with rain rolling up in the afternoon. EVERY afternoon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - rainy season 🌿is almost guarantee to rain, but everything is lush, green, lively. photos of the landscape are unmatched with anywhere else in the world. swipe to see video. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - during rainy season ⚡️ you could get one full week of rain. that's usually "predictable" and happens when there is a storm in the caribbean or florida. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - dry season 🌾 is almost guaranteed no rain, but here in the western highlands everything is brown. just not as lush. so you forgo rain, but your photography and landscape are also compromised. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - dry season 🌫 might not have the rain, but you could experience a week of full blanket haze that covers all the volcanos. having no rain does not guarantee a perfect view. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ so when is the best time ✈️to travel and should you avoid rainy season? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - to make it simple. 🗺 like anywhere else in the world, you CAN NOT predict the weather on your vacation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - to make you comfortable 🧘🏻‍♀️ 🧘🏼‍♀️ 🧘🏽‍♀️ tourists are here all year round - even during rainy season! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - to give you the right answer if you've read this far. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 and if you can control your timeline. the BEST TIME to #visitguatemala weather-wise is november/december/january. things are still lush from wet season but the rain is gone. the wind picks up to also blow the clouds away from obstructing volcano views. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __ #impacttravel #tellyourstory #girlaroundworld #destinationearth #guatemala
one day there will be no closets to come out of. people will just say they are in love and that will be all that matters. never apologize for who you love. 🥰🌈 #loveislove __ #happypride #lovewins #lgbtqally #feelthepride #ellen #pridemonth
🕊 i will never be impressed by money, followers, degrees, titles or how many times you go to church. i am impressed by kindness, integrity, humility and generosity. __ #antiguaguatemala #sheisnotlost #guateimpresionante
i didn't know much about @hobbitenango before visiting. i am not a lord of the rings kind o gal. but i do know this is one of the coolest places i've visited around antigua. and that they are eco-friendly, assist with reforestation and their operations are completely 100% zero waste. 🌿 💦 __ #antiguaguatemala #zerowastetravel #ecotourism #hobbitenango #visitguatemala #guatemalaimpresionante
G I V E A W A Y 📣✨ S O R T E O ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ this contest is special just for our local guatemala community 🇬🇹🙌🏽 or essentially anyone who could make it to panajachel on the weekend of june 21st. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ muchos de ustedes saben que hemos recorrido un largo camino. trabajar desde la sala de mi casa o desde un pequeño apartamento. ¡ahora tenemos nuestro propio espacio independiente! ¡y queremos CELEBRARLO! 🎉🌟 inauguraremos nuestro espacio el 22 de junio en panajachel con nuestros socios artesanos y colaboradores más cercanos. ¡y tú y un amigo pueden venir a celebrar con nosotros! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ todo lo que tienes que hacer es seguir a @hiptipico @alyssaya y decirnos por qué quieres estar invitado a nuestra inauguración. y podrías ganar . . . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ◆ entrada a nuestra fiesta de inauguración de la oficina VIP en panajachel el 22 de junio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ◆ una noche gratis hospedandote en @selina #atitlan el 21 de junio ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ◆ una bolsa de @hiptipico o una correa de cámara de tu elección ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ¡y la ventaja adicional de conocer a 💁🏼 mi, nuesto equipo, socios artesanos y muchos de mis influencers favoritas de la comunidad! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ buena suerte y esperamos conocerte! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __ #amohiptipico #panajachel #lakeatitlan #lagoatitlan #guatemala502
happy tears are the best. especially from belly laughs. its sometimes hard for us to actually capture the natural moments with our artisan partners. because we legit put the phone and camera down when we talk to them. this day i got to buy doña noemi a coca-cola and sit with her for a while. and we caught up on her family and of course local chisme. this laugh 100% came from us making fun of her daughter who didn't come to work the stall that day because she was mad at her mom for eating her banana. or potentially us bashing her husband and eldest son for creating a competitive tienda of fajas around the corner from hers. either way it was funny and refreshing and 100% needed. when was the last time you laughed until you cried? __ @claire_webster #visitguatemala #thatauthenticfeeling #quietinthewild #womencreate #feelthefeelings #sustainabilityjourney
🌋🇬🇹 stop scrolling for just for one second. pause. and please give a moment of silence to those affected by the eruption of volcán de fuego on june 3, 2018. on this day last year, we would have never anticipated halting our daily tasks and joining in efforts to help in the aftermath of this tragedy. marleny and i left panajachel to bring donations, meet with families, and visit shelters. for months we did what we could to assist those who lost everything. we were able to travel consistently between pana and antigua because of your donations. we heard firsthand stories from survivors of what it was like to be engulfed in the fumes, we put bandages on babies, we heard the cries of burn victims in the icu. marleny is still in contact with every single family we met and all the community leaders of the villages at the base of the volcano. can you imagine - one year later. many are still homeless? and if they have a home, it's empty. lately, we've been assisting a few families to furnish their homes. to finally help them get back to a "regular" life. but the truth is, when tragedy hits already vulnerable communities, the bounce-back seems impossible. we will honor this day with action. marleny will take some of our profits to help supply families with furniture and help them really get back on their feet. we want this day to not just represent trauma, but a new beginning. if you really want to help, please send a dm. p.s. just noticing now, we randomly bought supplies at the good samaritan tienda on this day last year in panajachel. __ @ericalatack @awelc_ @neusminaar @voluncaguatemala @jadeparkerm @wckitchen @perhapsyouneedalittleguatemala #volcandefuego #prayforguatemala #fuerzaguatemala
✨📣 failure isn’t the opposite of success. it’s part of it. what would you say if i told you that this time last year i wanted to close my company? well, it's true. i have failures. we all do. no one is perfect. at that time, i chose to focus on those failures and not the small victories i had also accomplished. i was 5 years in deep. as a sole female business owner. living abroad. managing operations in a different language. defeated and exhausted. within seconds of giving up, i decided to give it one last push. a full 110%. all in [literally every last penny] so i would have no regrets. i streamlined my processes, delegated tasks, focused on the storytelling. and eventually the truth of why i'm in guatemala shone through. when my intentions were all i was leaning on, and my goals were clear - everything fell into place. and here we are today ❤️🙌🏽 restocking these mini bags that have a waitlist of people eager to shop. and not just any people. conscious, thoughtful, inspiring people who care about humanity. just like every single one of you who have decided to follow along on this journey with me. thank you! 🙏🏽 #meaningfulminis #amohiptipico __ #thatauthenticfeeling #quietinthewild #womencreate #feelthefeelings #sustainabilityjourney
i always catch myself, even here on instagram. saying ‘you look so gorgeous’ ‘you are so pretty’ ’muy bonita’ when giving a compliment. and in a situation with lupe, i want her to know as she grows up she is so much more than that! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ so lately i’ve got into the habit to follow that up with a simple INSIDE AND OUTSIDE. 💘💪🏽 you’re so beautiful... inside and outside! adding that little bit allows the other person to know that you really see them. and a glow from a truly good looking person comes from the inside. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ with today’s societal pressures i still need to remind myself to not just focus on the physical, the material, the superficial. what about you? do you think you can get into the habit of reminding yourself to add INSIDE AND OUTSIDE next time you compliment someone? especially a young girl! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ __ #femaletraveler #womencreate #tothegirls #mujeresviajeras #nowrongwaytobeawoman #womensreality
i think it’s important to realize you can miss something, but not want it back 🥀 __ wearing ethical brand #makeyousmilestyle #pasteloftheday #visitguatemala #prettylittletrips #viajandoporelmundo #postcardplaces
🧡 want to spend your mornings volunteering with these lovely students? hurry! @ninosdeguatemala has a few spots left for their upcoming july trip. this is seriously an amazing opportunity for anyone who has yet to visit #guatemala 🇬🇹 or a solo-traveler who wants to be a part of a group tour. i know volunteering abroad can be a rewarding experience for the participants but is not always a sustainable option for local communities. i'm here to tell you that @ninosdeguatemala and has one of the most respected projects here in guatemala and a real opportunity to have an impact on the future of these children. i’ve already visited their facilities, spent time in their classrooms and can’t wait for next month when i will attend their worry doll tour with some friends! raise your hand 🙋🏽🙋🏼🙋🏻 if you also want to be a part of something bigger than yourself when you travel! __ pc: @tevapena #sleepgooddogood #saullosteria #antiguaguatemala #socialbusiness #mytinyatlasmanifest #ppcolorstory @emilio_mendez_oficial @martendresen @saul_losteria
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