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Jan 18, 2020 - Antigua

Yesterday we were up at 4a to catch a 5.30a bus that left at 6a. Grace, Villa del Angel, had left a little breakfast and ordered a taxi. Christian was on time and deposited us in front of the Tica bus station at 5.15a. After checking in we met Dan a British chap who was adding El Salvador to his list of 74 countries. For us it was 88. It seemed no time at all till we were at the El Salvador border. Just before we stopped for a tortilla and cornbread breakfast. At the border (a river separates the 2 countries) the agent asked one passenger...

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CostaRicaToCancun

Jan 27, 2019 - Jan 27 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Sunday, January 27 Today was Guatemala day. We ordered room service for 6:30-7:00 since we had to meet our excursion at 8:20. Neither of us heard the alarm, and were awakened by the waiter knocking on the door at 6:45! I think I need to use the wake up call or my phone from now on—the little travel alarm doesn’t do the job for me anymore (remembering oversleeping on the day to visit Valley of the Kings in Egypt). We thought we’d have to shuttle to the cruise port (the regular dock has been damaged, so we are in the industrial area). The...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Sep 15, 2018 - Day 1 - Guatemala Independence Day

Today was an amazing first day in Guatemala. I landed and was greeted by a driver who took me to my hotel. The Westin Casino Real is top notch and I love all the decor. After checking out the hotel and settling in to my room, I hopped in an Uber (yes they have Uber) and headed to Antigua to meet up with a coworker who lives here, Aida. The hour long ride took me up and down mountains and near the volcanoes. It was so cool seeing all the shops and small villages along the way. Plus today was Guatemala Independence Day from Spain and people...

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Aug 20, 2017 - Antigua

Today is our last full day in Antigua. Anita left this morning and Chrissie and Brian are off to Lake Atitlan for a few more days. Our first morning not to have to rush so we take our time. We decide to walk into Antigua for breakfast and we cannot get into Dona Luisa Xicotencatl so we go to the Condessa Cafe in the square which has a lovely courtyard. The usual eggs for breakfast. We will look like an egg at the end of this trip as we have them every morning. Standard fare! Phil needs a haircut and beard trim so he finds a Barberia and...

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The Americas

Aug 19, 2017 - Tecpan

Today another optional tour and we make our way out of Antigua towards Tecpan. On the way we stop at a Church, although this is quite an unusual Church. It is a cross between the Catholic religion brought by the Spaniards and the Mayan religion. They pray to a god, but it is not Jesus, but Maximon, also called San Simón who is at the alter. He is a Mayan deity represented by a moustached man. People will enter this church, kneel and make the sign of a cross as Catholics do, but then step up to the alter and give offerings, like throwing...

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The Americas

Aug 17, 2017 - Copan to Antigua, Guatemala

Today another early start, 6.30 am. Unfortunately Tomas asked us what time we would like to leave 6.30 or 8.00. Chrissie said 8am (she has not enjoyed the early starts) and I said 6.30am and the others said nothing. So now Tomas has to make a decision. He then opted for 6.30 as we will then arrive in Antigua in daylight and have time for a city tour. Chrissie is not happy and Tomas should have just said what time we were to leave, as even though there are only 5 of us, nobody ever agrees. We have a long drive to Antigua and we have to cross...

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The Americas

Jun 27, 2015 - Day 2 - Antigua

I had a great night's sleep and woke up with hopes that my hands were looking better. They really weren't, but I felt that the pain wasn't as bad. The morning view out my window was awesome, although there is a lot of traffic noise from the road below. I had thoughts of trying to find a breakfast restaurant that I went to last time I was here. After a shower and dressing I went downstairs with Mike (to the living room/dining area) and we chatted about walking into town. Amanda was ready to get going at this point so as we left the...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Antigua

This morning starts with a trip to MacDonald's for breakfast and some coffee a ride on the metro systems gets me there about 10 blocks from the hotel and it is the closes place lol. The metro system takes one Quetzal coin equal to about .13 cents USD, even n a Sunday morning was a lot of people on it, and there is a bus every few minutes. A walk around the area then back to hotel room and some updates to my blog and a few pictures posted on Facebook finally got it working, lol. Packed my bags and off for the shuttle ride back to Antigua...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Antigua

Today is the last day of my trip with Intrepid Travel Group on the trip Mayan Encounter was a very good trip Starting in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and ending 17 days later in Antigua, Guatemala. Today was a easy day just walking around the city of Antigua, going to a nice breakfast buffet, picking up my chocolate from the Chocolate store mmmm good, lol, working on my travel blog wow I am now up to date, lots of pictures hope you don't get bored looking at them, Went to a great steakhouse for dinner very good a couple Gallo beers and a big...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Back to Antigua

Up a little early to do some more work on my blog almost up to date on it, lol, some breakfast at the hotel not great but okay, didn't want to walk into town as it was raining, packed my bags and down stairs to meet the rest of the group for our last bus ride, back to Antigua leaving at 10:00 for a 2 1/2 hour trip back, got to hotel checked into our rooms then off for a tour of the chocolate store, great had chocolate to drink and then we made some chocolate candy for our self's great fun. Back to hotel checked emails a bit of downtime...

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Apr 15, 2015 - heading to Antigua

This morning after breakfast we head back to the boat dock to get our bus for a very long 7 hour trip to Antigua, leaving the hotel a 8:00 we get to our hotel in Antigua around 4:00, get checked in then out for a walk about the city, some dinner and bed was a long day sitting on the bus.

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Jan 31, 2015 - Sat 31 Jan - Mon2 February in Antigua

Saturday Saw some of the group off to their various destinations and sat in the hotel's lovely gardens in the sun till midday reading up on the history before I finally put my Guatemalan guide book in the case. Then went off into the centre to check out travel agents and successfully booked a cheap and effective way to get me to Puerto Barrios for Tuesday. They were so helpful, they also phoned ahead to my hotel to see if they could change the booking and also booked me a taxi pickup. With that now settled, I found a recommended bagel cafe...

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