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Aug 18, 2017 - Lake Atitlan

Off at 6am for a full day trip to Lake Atitlan. We drive for an hour and a half and stop for breakfast, waffles and coffee. We continue on, past all the used caryards and Tomas explains about how Guatemala gets its cars, trucks and buses. Apparently they all come from America. The buses are ex school buses that have done 200,000 miles. Guatemala buys them, replaces the motor with a larger capacity as Guatemala has many mountains, paints them up in bright colours and they become the ‘chicken’ buses that speed around the country. The colours...

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Apr 17, 2015 - Lago de Atitlan and Panajachel

We are off to Panajachel only a short way on the lake we will stay here for two night was able to get checked into our early at around 8:30 great drop off our bags, a short walk about the town then on a boat tour of some village around the lake. Was about a 5 hour trip, was real nice seeing the different people of the area. The first village was at the other end of Lago de Atitan the village of an Juan La Laguna. A short way from there we stopped at San Pedro La Laguna about a hour here to walk around had a great coffee, next village was...

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Jan 26, 2015 - Walk from Santa Caterina to San Antonio and back

We all had a leisurely start to this free day and many of the group stuck around the pool for most or all of it. I chose to walk to the next village around the lake a distance of about 6 kms each way. It was very hot but with an occasional breeze from the lake. I was met by one or two persistent hawkers of cloth items - here their colour is mainly blue; each Mayan village has their own colour and identity. I did give in to buying a small ceramic plate from their cooperative production and was pleased to find, further up the hill, the clay...

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Jan 25, 2015 - Lake Atitlan Santa Caterina

Really splendid and different day today. The Lake is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains and is itself inside one - with a depth of 350 mts. It is 28 kms long and 14'ish wide with Mayan villages all around. The water has no way of escaping and in the last few years the level has risen to submerge a causeway, creating an island and some villages too. This was mainly caused by a hurricane in 2010, but also more rainwater than evaporation. We did see some houses half sub-merged from only the last couple of years so a dangerous situation for...

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Jan 24, 2015 - Coban to Lake Atitlan

Did not get too much time to work on Journal as hoped - all postponed for our next long stop. We started off at 8am as usual and drove about 30 minutes to a BIotopo which is like a national park and trying to encourage the breeding of the Quetzal – the national bird but in short supply. This is the only place making a serious effort to breed them and we did manage to spot one lone female high up in the trees. The walk through the cloud forest was a welcome bit of movement – not too arduous but uphill at the start. There was nothing much to...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Four Days to Utila

So with Utila, Honduras set as the next location, I woke up at the crack of dawn in Santa Cruz to head back to Xela, meet up with G and make our way down. I hoped to be back in Xela by 9:00am, get my laundry done then convince G to leave for Antigua, Guatemala on the overnight bus but this didn’t work out for various reasons that I will explain shortly. Getting to Utila: The ideal and most hustle free way to get anywhere with an airport is to fly, obviously, but Honduras was never planned hence I didn’t have a budget for it so I had to...

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Xela 2012

May 23, 2014 - Guatemala - Central America

On the afternoon of Saturday 17th May we had a short drive, left Belize and crossed the border into Guatemala. On the other side of the border we met up with our private coach and headed into our third country of the trip and to a small colourful town called Flores. This town was on an island in the middle of a lake that had a short causeway. We booked into our hotel and later had a group meal together. On entering Guatemala, Helen had visited her 50th country. (Nigel's not counting) On Sunday morning the majority of the group took a trip...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Panajachel

In the morning we were woken by the blaring horns of the chicken bus at about 5am. The horn blasting lasted through the morning as people headed off to neighbouring areas for work. There is some water shortage at the moment and my “shower” this morning consisted of a bucket of cold water and a dish to pour the water over you - rather bracing and makes for a pretty quick shower. Anna cooked us up some eggs with tomatoe and onion for breakast, along with the usual coffee that comes from a coffee pot that is always on the wood stove - a rather...

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Jan 22, 2013 - Panajachel

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...

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Feb 16, 2012 - The night before travel

It is the night before travel and the house is a mess I think I have everything but that's just a guess. Tomorrow we set off in the wee hours For Guatemala land of spring and flowers. To teach comadronas emergency skills. To save mothers' lives and help with their ills. It is our 10th anniversary; wow I'm impressed. To promote women's health there never is rest. Wish us luck as we settle by the edge of the lake And I'll keep you posted for heaven's sake.

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Jan 14, 2012 - Panajachel & Santiago, Guatemala

We had an early morning departure to drive to Panajachel on the lake for one night. On the way out of town we stopped at one more church in town for photos. It was a decent drive, but on curvy roads, so not terribly conducive to reading, which is my usual occupation for these drives. When we reached the Panajachel, Guy went off on his own to a wildlife sanctuary, since he was just here last year. The rest of us, got straight on the boat to take us across Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago, where we visited the Mayan god whose name I...

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Central America 2011

Jul 16, 2011 - Panajachel et le Lac Atitlan

Bonjour a tous! Nous revenons d;un petit sejour aupres du fameux lac Atitlan! Pour s;y rendre, quelle aventure nous avons vecue! Etant toujours partant pour s;imerger dans la culture, nous avons opte pour les "chicken buses" afin de se rendre a destination! Il s;agit d;autobus scolaire completement modifies et peintures de toutes les couleurs imaginables sillonant les routes tres vertigineuses du Guatemala!!! On laisse le confort de cote et on s;entassent les uns sur les autres dans les bancs d;autobus! 3 par banc, cest la normale ici! Et...

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