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May 3, 2014 - the rest of the trip

These pictures are from the last week of the trip. Mom and VInny went home early, while Dad and I went all over Guatemala for a week. We went Huehuetenango, Todos Santos, Nebaj, Chajul, Flores, Ceibal, TIkal, and Guatemala City... All in that order. Most of the places we visited, we took day trips to from the hotels we had in Huehuetenango, Nebaj, and Flores. Ceibal and TIkal were two different Mayan archeological sites that we visited on two different days. If you have any interest in hearing more, send us a message or talk to us in...

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Sep 12, 2010 - Todos Santos Cuchumatan - Guatemala

September 7, 2010 I arrived in Totos Santos around 1:00pm this afternoon. Actually, it’s called Totos Santos Cuchumatan. I was going to try to make it to Jacaltenago but its two hours away and its 1pm and that means rain. It’s really cool out and there is a stiff breeze. Everything here is shrouded is a fast moving cloud cover but I do get glimpses of the mountains. I didn’t bring my fucking hiking pants. NEVER am I going to leave that dry bag behind again. What the hell was I thinking? Ah…just what the bible says, “If you come here in the...

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Sep 12, 2010 - San Mateo Ixtatan - Guatemala

September 9, 2010 I left Todos around 7:30 or so. The sun was shinning and all was good. I got a great picture of Totos from across the valley. All the riding today is going to be off road. I sent up the suspension and lowered the tyre pressure. The front shock is so badly damaged I would be not be surprised if it need to be replaced. I received an email from Gorge at the BMW shop and he said it would take one day to rebuild both shocks. Somehow I doubt that but we’ll see. The first town I am going to hit, on the map, is a village called...

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Feb 3, 2010 - Two Dodgy Tummies And A Funeral

After Tikal, we went to the Rio Dulce. Unfortunately, the night before we went there we ate a dodgy pizza from Pizza Hut and the old adage of “eat the local food and you’ll be fine, eat at Pizza Hut and you will die” sang like a doomed anthem to truth. We awoke with severely bad tummies and took probably one of the worst four hour bus rides yet on a small crowded hot noisy bus on windy roads through the hills, with no toilets in sight. The worst day of the trip so far! When we got to Rio Dulce we both passed out for about 24 hours and...

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Operation Badger

Dec 22, 2008 - Comitan. Chiapas, Mexico to Huehuetenango,Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Today was the big day. Our first Central American border crossing. I did not feel well prepared but so be it. I have actually done a lot of reading and know all the steps needed. We crossed quite a few south American borders couple of years ago on our trip with Ayres Adventures, albeit with spanish speaking guides; the steps are the same in all Latin American countries I am told. I have been progressing pretty well with my Spanish. How bad could it be? While loading the bike we finally met the fellows with the KLRs. They were indeed...

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Jul 4, 2008 - Todos Santos, Guatemala

Adella & James planned to stay for over a month in Todos Santos, a small village up in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. James had lived there for 6 months at one point, so he was excited to get back to the mountains and catch up with some old friends. I never would have ventured up to Todos Santos if not for these two, but I am so happy that I did. It's a long and scary (3-hr) bus ride (chicken bus) to get there. It's a beautiful ride that takes you up into the sky, above the cloud line and into the fresh mountain air. It's not a...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Antigua to Rio Dulce

A 6-45am start and we were in our mini vans ready to go! It was a pretty rough six and a half hour journey up to Rio Dulce but I won’t go on about it – we survived! A 5 minute ferry ride later and we were in paradise! Hotel Catamaran was fab! We had our own cabin near the water and the place was ultra quiet and peaceful. We all spent the afternoon by the pool and this then merged into happy hour from 4-7pm! A nice dinner was had then a few more drinks before a relatively early night which finished at 10-30pm!

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Sep 20, 2007 - chicken bus trip to san mateo ixtatan- (Yehudit)

we were all concerned about traveling here since we had so much stuff. we are traveling like real gringas- four big cases plus a bunch of knapsacks. so at first we went real first class in a private cab. we spent the night at the nearest big city near here heuheutenango nicknamed heuehue which is also the name of this district ad they call states. it ended up that the "chicken bus" as they call it was just fine. people travel with everything especially farmers on the way to market with baskets of produce, including live chickens. it is...

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Guatemala 2007

Feb 3, 2006 - Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (colonial town)

Quetzaltenango is the commerial center of Southwestern Guatemala. It is the center of the Quiche Maya people and the second largest city of Guatemala. It is a colonial town settled by the Conquistadores and surrounded by mountains and volcanoes (Santa Maria volcano and the active Santiaguito volcano). Quetzaltenango is called Xelaju or simply Xela (shay-la) by almost everyone, including its Quiche Maya citizens who still use this original Quiche name for the site where the Spanish conquistadores built their city. Quetzaltenago is an...

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Oct 13, 2005 - Volcanos and Mudslides

Woke up this am to a clear sunny sky, volcanic speckeled vista to embark on our first ever active volcano ascent. Pictures of this particular tour to Volcan Pacaya posted in most agencies show the spectacle of a fiery red cauldron of lava, spewing and sprouting from the perfectly cylindrical opening of the volcanic summit. How many of you believe that we would actually see these promised images? Being seasoned travellers, I was skeptical and though we didn't get the promised view, we got a memorable real-live volcano experience.... On the...

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The Travellin Ts

Mar 30, 2005 - La Frontera

Tuesday 29.03.05 Our next venture was to San Juan de Chamula, a village in the hills near San Cristobel, populated by the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people. To get there, we hopped in a stylish metallic blue Combi; one of many in Mexico used for public transport. The town, and especially its Church is famous for its fusion of Catholic and indigenous beliefs. Inside the church, sculpted holy figures in glass cases line the walls up to the altar, while indigenous people sit and light candles on the pine needle covered floor and chickens wander...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Todos Santos

The Mayans may have abandonded their massive cities a thousand and more years ago, but they didn't die out. Guatemala has a greater proportion of indigenous people than anywhere else in Latin America and up here in the highlands, most people speak Mam, one of the old Mayan languages as a first language and learn their Spanish at school. Which is what I was doing. Todos Santos has a couple of little Spanish schools run for the benefit of community projects- mine helped educate local children, many of whom cannot afford to go to school. I...

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Ruth on the road

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