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Mar 20, 2006 - Chichicastenango

Sunday was shopping day at the Chichicastenango market. Wow. We got to Chichi in the morning, along with every other tourist in Guatemala. The market is based in the town square but snakes its way through most every adjacent street. The narrow aisles are packed with people and goods for sale. Naturally the market is full of textiles but you can find a variety of other crafts, too, including wood carvings, oil paintings, jewelry, and jade products. John was in heaven with all the textiles. As you can imagine, it took all of my strength to...

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Central America 2006

Mar 10, 2006 - A Lake Amongst Volcanoes

Into Guatemala via Miami from Quito (yes, the long way round), we hot footed it straight from the airport to Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage listed town, an hour west of Guatemala City. There was plenty to love about Antigua, but we'll keep that for the next entry as we piled into a minibus heading for Lago Atitlan, a giant lake in the hollow left from a massive eruption 85,000 years ago that blew volcanic ash as far as Florida in the US and spurned several smaller volcanoes that now surround the lake, creating a dramatic vista. The...

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Loges' Go Global

Mar 9, 2006 - Antigua, Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala Four of us from the Poco a Poco construction team decided to move on to Antigua. We arrived in Antigua, after a 2 1/2 hour scenic drive from Panajachel in a 12 seater van. There, we settled into a nice hostel in the heart of Antigua, the Asjemenou - it had a lovely open courtyard that was framed with flowering plants and centred with a bird bath fountain. The guide book said that Antigua is "almost impossibly cute" - we would certainly agree. Its setting is majestic, nestled between three dramatic volcanoes. Ancient...

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Mar 4, 2006 - Panajachel and Lake Atitlan

We left Antigua behind on Saturday for a quick day in Panajachel, a town nicknamed (rather unkindly) as Gringotenango. The name is not entirely unjustified, although frankly, Antigua had a lot more foreigners. You can't beat the scenery, though. We found a cute little guesthouse in town that only cost about $12 for the night and it was right in the middle of the action. John went on a weaving purchase frenzy and along the way made of couple of new friends. We can only hope that Xela has a DHL office or he is doomed!

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Central America 2006

Jan 21, 2006 - Panajachel, Guatemala

Yesterday we crossed the very chatoic Mexico-Guatemala border and arrived at Panajachel at night. Panajachel is a small village next to Lake Atitlan, which was formed some 85,000 years ago due to volcanic action. Several small villages dot along the lake, separated by three dormant volcanoes. Our guide told us that Guatemala is full of organized crime, especially robberies and theft, so we have to be extra careful, especially after dark. Sandy and I walked along the main street to the lake last night after dinner, but halfway through we...

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Marie's Mayan Trip

Dec 4, 2005 - GUATEMALA - Panajachel & San Pedro (Lake Atitlan)

Hello everybody! Long time no write! This will be a long one, so go get a cuppa and put your feet up. Well, on Sunday 4th December we left San Cristobal De Las Casas early, for our journey to Guatemala. We took a bus ride for around 4 hours to the Mexican border destination of Ciudad Cuauhtemoc. It was hot and there wasn't much happening (except for mangy street dogs and dodgy taxis hanging about). We got our passports stamped and jumped into took one of these taxis (a rather fetching huge bright orange station wagon / estate car, that had...

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Nov 27, 2005 - Lago Atitlan

I feel so blessed that so many people have been able to come visit us and share in our incredible experience. Our good friends Robin and Jeff Goldberg and their 4 month old Ray were just here for a week. Once again we took them to all of our favourite ruins, churches, markets and restaurants. Unlike other visitors, I was able to go with them on a new adventure, to Lago Atitlan. It is a magnificent lake surrounded by volcanoes and tiny villages of Mayan people. The photo opportunities were abundant, especially at the Thursday market in a...

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The Travellin Ts

Sep 15, 2005 - Panajachel, Lago De Atitlan

Mark - Came down from Flores for a few days rest by a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. Caught an overnight bus down to Guatemala City and then changed onto a`chicken` bus (these are often colorfully repainted former US school buses with a liberal "bring on what you want" policy, ie chickens are fair game) - see photo. Which was a real experience squashed together, the best thing was watching the conductor/porter climb onto the roof from the front door whilst the bus was doing 40mph round a mountain bend, in order to retrieve luggage from...

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Aug 23, 2005 - A weekend of contrasts

Wow, what a weekend of contrasts! Saturday (Aug 20), the school arranged for us to go to one of the camps the guerillas used during the Guatemalan civil war. Ronaldo, a Guatemalan man who has guided most of the trips we've taken, fought in the civil war, and it was his camp we went to. Getting there required a 20-minute drive and an hour of rapid walking, mostly downhill, through the Guatemalan jungle. Since the end of the war in 1996, a water pipe has been installed in the area, so a network of trails--along which we walked--now...

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Aug 7, 2005 - Weekend trip - Chichicastenango

Although I didn't much feel like exploring Antigua during the week I did take a day excursion with the girls to the town of Chichicastengo. The key attraction is the local markets that happen on Thursdays and Sundays. We took a shuttle - the luxury way to travel. It was crowded with crafts, brightly coloured textiles, masks, pottery.... The markets were incredibly crowded and it was a fight to move. Although its a tourist attraction it was mostly busy with the locals - usually carting produce on their head or with a baby strapped to their...

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The long way home

Aug 5, 2005 - Solola, Panajachel, San Marcos, San Pedro (Laguna Atitlan)

05.08 We caught the 7am bus to Panajachel but got of early at Soloa to browse through their huge local market. It was so busy! It was really difficult to walk around with our daypacks strapped to our fronts. We often found ourselves being pushed by numerous traditionally dressed women in the direction they wanted to go. The paths between stalls were narrow. However, the local women managed to get where they wanted to go quite quickly. Here, practically everyone was dressed in local traditional attire. The men were fantastic. They wear 3/4...

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Jun 11, 2005 - Pana and Lake Atitlan

Well, I ended up going to Pana (Panajachel or something like that) this morning on the bus...it is right on Lake Atitlan...I think i was wrong about the lake being in a caved in volcano, but the lake is surrounded by 3 volcanos and the scenery is stunning. It was actually kinda cool last night to look through my guide book and decide where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do... but its been it has been really relaxing to only have to consider myself and not worry about what anyone else wants to do... However, I still think sharing cool...

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Julie's Trip South

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