Lidia & Allen 2013 Guatemala travel blog

We are driving thru, not above, this in a small van

Volcanos Atitlan (L) & Toliman (R) looking south above Lago Atitlan

Lidia and Volcano Pedro looking southwest

Amazing, they're even watching in the jungle ?!

Just a monkey around

Waterfall at the Atitlan Natural Preserve

Admiring the waterfall from the suspended bridge

Lunch on the terrace w/ lake & volcanos as background

Garden flowers admired by a blossom

Retirement home for 'Holy Grail' 'silly rabbits'

Tuc Tuc 'Eddie' and an insured pasajera

The insurance certificate

Our posada with our recommendations

Panajachel Main Street

After our 5,500 ft (1,676 m) vertical ascent yesterday our legs were a bit stiff - thank goodness for Advil. Riding in a van to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan was a lot less effort. The ride was a bit longer than expected as a landslide had closed a major road and we had to use a more mountainous (read UP & DOWN CURVY)'road'. Even that had suffered from the earthslide and a water-crossing no longer had the luxury of a bridge. The ride was none the less worth it. The views were spectacular especially as we neared the mountain descent to the volcano ringed lakeside town. It's small and relaxed with a good vibe. One day we hiked to a nature reserve and were rewarded with about 6 bird species we've not ever seen before. So far in Guatemala the list of new species seen is at about 30. There are numerous small towns around the lake, though we plan to visit only one, Santiago Atitlan on the opposite (south) shore. There is a Private Reserve/Coffee Plantation we've learned about that we also plan to stay at. Tuc Tucs have become a real pleasure as a transportation mode. The charge is fundamentally flat rate, and a ride of 100 meters or 4 kilometers costs Q20; that's less than $3! We usually make friends with the driver and call him on the cell phone whenever we need a ride. Onward next to the Finca de los Tarrales Private Reserve on the backside (southeast) of Volcano Atitlan. Hasta Luego

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