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Jan 5, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

We went back to Antigua to do some laundry, then we went on a bus to Lake Atitlan for Christmas. It was a beautiful lake surrounded in volcanoes. We stayed in a hotel called Hotel Bambu, that was really nice. On Christmas day my family went kayaking to explore the lake. Hotel Bambu is in a small town called Santiago de Atitlan. We went around the town in a tuk tuk and it was cool. When we left Santiago de Atitlan, we took a boat tour to see some of the other villages on the lake.

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Jan 5, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

We took a three hour bus to Panajachel, which is on the side of Lake Atitlan. Then we got a boat to Santiago de Atitlan and went to our hotel, Hotel Bambu. Hotel Bambu is a nice hotel that has a pool and a small dock. On Christmas day my family went kayaking around the edges of the lake. We spotted some egrets. When we got back from our kayaking, we went to dinner in Santiago de Atitlan at another hotel and had a buffet turkey dinner with lots of other travellers. After spending a couple of days in Santiago de Atitlan, the next day we took...

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Jan 3, 2010 - Lake Atitlan

Three hours in a bus through windy mountain roads and we found ourselves in the lakeside town of Panajachel. Lake Atitlan is a beautiful lake surrounded by volcanoes. We spent the afternoon doing our Christmas shopping in the markets of Panajachel and then took a boat across the lake to Santiago de Atitlan, where we checked into our cushy hotel on the lakeside, Hotel Bambu, to spend Christmas. We spent Christmas day enjoying the peace in the beautiful gardens of Hotel Bambu, then went out for a kayak on the lake to check out the action on...

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Mar 5, 2009 - Hospitalito Atitlan

Hospitalito Atitlan So we are in our fourth week here in Santiago, Atitlan. The hospitalito (“little hospital”) was built with much fanfare in April 2005. A mere 5 months later, Hurricane Stan came and brought deluvian rains on this area. The side of a nearby mountain crumbled away and caused a massive mudslide, killing approximately 2,500 people, and destroying the new hospital. In retrospect, the people here realized that this was a known mudslide area that had been destroyed many times over throughout time. People rallied together, and...

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Mar 4, 2009 - Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala

Sorry for the long silence. Don’t worry , the Emblads are still alive! We arrived in our home Santiago a month ago. This is where we will be for the next 3 months or so. Santiago is dirt poor and lacking in so many of the fundamental things we take for granted.... grocery stores, sidewalks, effective police, good schools etc... Few can afford paint for their houses so though Santiago is set on the coast of a beautiful lake nestled in between 3 volcanos it looks a bit like bombed-out Lebanon from afar. The lack of color on the buildings is...

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Jan 12, 2007 - GUATEMALA - San Pedro, Lago Atitlan

looking forward to moving on again now am almost back to 100% health and have heard such fantastic things about lake atitlan that i couldn't wait to see it....so me Gustaf, Andreas and another american guy Sean that we'd met in antigua all went together..a bus to panajchel and then a boat ride over to san pedro....there are lots of little towns all around the lake but we chose this one it being a backpackers favourite and supposedly good nightlife and very cheap spanish schools....the lake is beautfiul and the scenery stunning as it's...

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Feb 15, 2005 - Journey to San Pedro la Laguna

Sam and I have finally moved on from Xela. I know it seemed as if it would never happen, but it is done. Friday night, Sam and I bought some guacamole fixins, some creme filled pastries (from a place called XelaPan) and a couple of pizzas (from TelePizza) and had ourselves a pizza, guacamole and donut party, just like old times. We also went for a liter of wine with our friends Hemp and Angie at one of the best restaurants in Xela called Casa Babylon. Yum. Any which way, Saturday morning we said a tear filled goodbye to our family, caught a...

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Feb 10, 2005 - Lago Atitlan, Guatemala

We have been on the lake for several days now, and plan on staying at least a few more. Our plan for Guatemala, because we only have a few weeks here, is to not feel rushed. It would be easy to get caught up in the running from place to place, seeing all there is to see in marathon style. As an alternative we have opted to choose only a handful of places and do our best to get to know each one a little bit. It's hard not to be a tourist when you are one, and even though our trip will look a little like...

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