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Apr 19, 2017 - Puerto Quetzal

Our next port of call is Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. We are going to do the Pacaya volcano hike, the blurb in the guide says 2.5 miles on rough terrain. Puerto Quetzal is one of the main ports for Guatemala and it looks as if it was built very recently. The main road out of town is a dual carriageway to the capital and fortunately for us it is in the direction of the volcano. We have been warned that security is an issue here and when we stop at a service station guarded by armed security complete with security watch tower you begin to...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Accident au Guatemala ...

Bonjour à Tous, Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, j'ai eu un accident de vélo le 7 mars au matin au 1er jour de vélo au Guatemala. Fémur casser et déplacer nécessitant une opération. Pas d'auto ou de camion d'impliquer. Mais, rapatriement à Qc et opération le jour suivant soit le 12 mars. Ceci après 5 jours dans l'hôpital de Puerto Barrios près du lieu de chute. Tige de métal et vis pour stabiliser l'os, pas de plâtre et 6 sem sans poids sur ma jambe. Sa fait maintenant 3 sem 1/2 de l'opération, moral bon, encore de la douleur ou plutôt...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Antigua - Puerto Barrios - Punto Gorda, Belize

3 February Everything worked out fine. The taxi was punctual and at 7:20 we set off from Antigua at a good pace. After 30 mins we ground to a halt – this was the traffic build up going to Guatemala City and we were still 20 kms. roughly away. There is only one road which sweeps up a mountain, then sharply down the other side and it is clogged with chicken buses and loads of American-style trucks, huge things dragging huge loads. We got to the bus station in plenty of time despite the traffic and the bus also left on time. I was upstairs...

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Feb 3, 2015 - Goodbye Guatemala Thoughts

Now leaving Guatemala I can sum up my thoughts on the country. Firstly, I loved the people who are patient, tolerant, don’t ever honk their horns or get impatient and, most amazingly of all, they don’t smoke – that must be unique in 3rd world countries. It is a habit nobody has, so nobody takes up and you never see a lit cigarette anywhere. The country is varied with high mountains and rolling ranges, volcanoes, jungle and lots of bird life. It's very green with forests, banana plantations, Swiss-looking pastureland and agriculture. The...

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Aug 19, 2012 - The great escape!!

We ended up spending a fair chunk of our time in Utila figuring out how we could actually get off the island itself! Not in a bad way as if we were dying to leave but it was turning out to be fairly impossible to make a connection up to Belize!! I think we approached every fisher man and punter with a boat offering them money to do the 2/3hour journey north but they were all so bone lazy none of them were bothered! The ones that even entertained the notion were charging insane prices like a $1250us per boat so we swiftly told them to jog...

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Mar 5, 2008 - Rio Dulce

Parce que nous avions manqué l'autobus à Flores nous sommes arrivées à Rio Dulce assez tard. Au premier abord, avec la noirceur, l'endroit semblait lugubre. Notre chambre d'hotel possède une des ces fameuses toilettes d'Amérique Latine qui sont à mon avis horribles. Je m'explique il n'y a comme pas de séparation entre la toilette et la douche. Tout est ensemble. Alors c'est comme prendre sa douche dans la toilette...MMMMMM. M'enfin les lits sont confortsbles et il y a des ventilateurs. Finalement, au levé du jour, on constate que c'est...

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