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Guatemala for Gringos, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Guatemala for Gringos

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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          I sit on the rooftop balcony of the Posada Dona Clara in Antigua, Guatemala, recording my thoughts. I confess it is this balcony that has kept me here, despite the promise of more company and fewer ...

Catch-Up Since San Salvador, Antigua, Guatemala travel blog

Catch-Up Since San Salvador

A travel blog entry by andrewandjacque

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... . After our nice day in the cool air, Santa Ana seemed oppressively hot, so we decided to decamp for the highlands of Guatemala. After 5 border crossings, we have to say that it has ALWAYS gone smoother for us when we have taken a local bus to ...

Just call me BATWOMAN!!!, Lanquin, Guatemala travel blog

Just call me BATWOMAN!!!

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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My first day in Lanquin a bat flew into my hair.  Yes, a bat.  Another one made friends with my back.  And I would like to say that I was calm through all of this, merely saying, "Hey guys, a bat just ran into me.  Isnīt that ...

Tikal and other Mayan Ruins, Tikal National Park, Guatemala travel blog

Tikal and other Mayan Ruins

A travel blog entry by hanscottclaire

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... time helping you. Our first stay in Guatemala only lasted two days because we were just popping into Peten (the northern bit of Guatemala that sticks out between Belize and Mexico) to see Tikal and the nearby town of Flores. Flores is a little town ...

Chicken buses and ice cream cones, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Chicken buses and ice cream cones

A travel blog entry by bsuarez

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... good pictures on that one too. Once I got to the "bus station" or storefront where buses depart from, I learned that the bus to Guatemala already left. So I was advised to get on that van over there to Morales and catch the bus there. So I got into a ...

San Simon Revisited, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala travel blog

San Simon Revisited

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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... ;   I had asked for the focus of the ceremony to be to help me become emotionally stronger - I knew I'd be leaving Guatemala in a few days, and I didn't want to spend too much time distraught over the separation with Nelson. Mapira suggested we also ...

Tikal and bruising my bum!, Flores, Guatemala travel blog

Tikal and bruising my bum!

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... from the beer soaked sweaty gringo. I'm not going to go into too much detail about the tour, but if you are ever in Guatemala or Central America, this is the mother of all Maya ruins. We are shown a small scale version and the guide informs us of the ...

Antigua, Antigua, Guatemala travel blog

Antigua

A travel blog entry by jotraveller

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... why Europeans and other gringo's like this beautiful mountain land so much, but it is a explosive place and I believe that Guatemala is for away from becoming a emancipated democracy... To be continued... in the next entry 'Back to Costa ...

Tajumulco Trudge, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala travel blog

Tajumulco Trudge

A travel blog entry by andrewandjacque

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Just after we wrote our last entry, we went to pick up our clothes at the laundromat. When we opened the package in our room, we discovered my pants on top with a note (in Spanish) that basically said "these were dirty when they came in", and my ...

A Few Observations, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala travel blog

A Few Observations

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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             With all this talk about coffee, you may be wondering if I've been doing anything else! Indeed I have, and here I'll try to share a bit about some of the various ...

Just a little chill out time..., Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala travel blog

Just a little chill out time...

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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The Last of Guatemala, Flores, Guatemala travel blog

The Last of Guatemala

A travel blog entry by andrewandjacque

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We didnīt find a sailboat to take us to Belize (slow time of year), so we got on a bus yesterday to Flores. The guy at the bus station told us that all busses were full, that we would have to stand for the four hour trip. Fortunately, an Australian ...

Highways and Burritos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala travel blog

Highways and Burritos

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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             I write this in the car, on the way to Quetzaltanango (affectionately known by the populace as Xela, though I for one haven't yet seen the connection). Apparently we're quite close, ...

On the road again..., Coban, Guatemala travel blog

On the road again...

A travel blog entry by bootsmade4wlkin

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... time more people are picked up so that they can pass further back into the chaos.  Welcome to public transportation Guatemala style.  But eventually we manage to get ourselves and our bags into our very own seat after about an hour or ...

Lake, Steak and 3 Smoking Volcanos, San Pedro La Laguna, Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala travel blog

Lake, Steak and 3 Smoking Volcanos

A travel blog entry by dospollos

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... movies every night, and usually good ones. * Footnote about the Mayan Culture. There are over 22 different Mayan Languages in Guatemala alone. One would assume the languages are similar, but in reality only a few are. The languages can be very varied, ...

Long Time No Write, Rio Dulce, Guatemala travel blog

Long Time No Write

A travel blog entry by andrewandjacque

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... nights in San Pedro la Laguna, a very cheap and therefore backpacker-filled town on Lago de Atitlan (the biggest lake in Guatemala, and supposedly among the most beautiful in the world, but you know how the tourist literature goes...) The town does have ...

Happy 35th amigo!!!, Chichicastenango and Panajachel (Lake Atitlan), Guatemala travel blog

Happy 35th amigo!!!

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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I have just "chicken bused" myself down from Chichicastenango to the shores of Lake Atitlan (Panajachel). If you want to spend your 35th birthday downing Gallo (local beer) while toe-dipping by a lake, I guess this must be it. Lake Atitlan is just as ...

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The "Shamans" of San Simon

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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... wasn't a shaman; he was Saint Simon, one of the original 12 disciples, who had performed miracles and apparently appeared at one time in Guatemala. San Simon sat upon an altar, dressed smartly in a suit and tie. Devotees climbed up to the altar to ask his ...

Semana Santa, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Semana Santa

A travel blog entry by aborder

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... hostel, I lay on my bed for some time, before an older woman from California talks to me. She has been travelling throughout Guatemala for over a month and was sharing her experiences with me. She also told me about the tasty cheap food on offer inside ...

Returning to La Antigua Guatemala and Loving it!, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Returning to La Antigua Guatemala and Loving it!

A travel blog entry by semi-backpacker

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... Costa Rica, she mentioned that she wanted to visit Panama while she was here. I quickly sold her on visiting Guatemala instead. I absolutely loved it the first time I visited with Carolina and would use any excuse to return! ...

Antigua, muy tranquilo., Antigua, Guatemala travel blog

Antigua, muy tranquilo.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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... English for that matter. Friendly Matt from Melbourne, almost at the end of his two months trip around Cuba, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. His friend Stephanie from Germany. Well traveled Steve (Kiwi) and Catherine (UK) on their way to Panama, just like ...

A typical day at the dinner table., Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala travel blog

A typical day at the dinner table.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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So my graduation speech probably won't go down in history, other than for maybe being the shortest ever. I also think I impressed my Spanish teacher the other morning when he asked me.. "ŋDe donde eres?" (Where are you from?) Where I quickly ...

Enjoying the eye candy in Chapinlandia, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Enjoying the eye candy in Chapinlandia

A travel blog entry by semi-backpacker

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... in two days!           LA CIUDAD DE PANZA VERDE La Antigua Guatemala was a colonial city dream, with cobblestone roads, colorful 16th Century architecture and so much charm packed in every ...

Colonial Streets, Clouds of Incence, and Rowena!, Antigua, Guatemala travel blog

Colonial Streets, Clouds of Incence, and Rowena!

A travel blog entry by dospollos

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We planned to stay in Antigua for 2 days, 2 and a bit weeks later we left! We decided to take a break from the travelling scene for a bit and kick back and enjoy this beautiful city for a while. Antigua is overflowing with colonial architecture and ...

Coffee Fincas, River Caves and Carribean beats, Poptun, Rio Dulce and Livingston, Guatemala travel blog

Coffee Fincas, River Caves and Carribean beats

A travel blog entry by dospollos

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... full and private rooms were too expensive. Our only other option was to camp or hammock it. Now bearing in mind this area of Guatemala has torrential downpours, one of which was unloading itself at the time, our tent didn't seem like a good plan. There is ...

Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Guatemala

A travel blog entry by hanscottclaire

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... roads and rolling hills and there were amazing views. Eventually we reached our destination of Panajachel, known by the rest of Guatemala as 'Pana'. It was ridiculously touristy with row after row of stalls selling all kinds of crap, so naturally Claire ...

Day two in Guatemala - Venturing out, San Antonio de Aguas Calientes, Guatemala travel blog

Day two in Guatemala - Venturing out

A travel blog entry by semi-backpacker

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... .   We learned from Andres that the word "Chapin" comes from the ancient Guachipilin tree, which the indigenous people of Guatemala used to make shoes from many, many years ago, and hence the word "Chapinlandia" was born! At least that's Andres' ...

Today's question., Lanquin and Semuc Champey, Guatemala travel blog

Today's question.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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You are deep in some steamy Central American jungle looking for Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, when you thanks to your lucky amulet come down with Montezuma's Revenge. That's when you notice that the antibiotics your doctor gave you specifically ...

Volcanoes, coffee and near death experiences, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala travel blog

Volcanoes, coffee and near death experiences

A travel blog entry by travellingtans

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... was the epicentre of power for Central America until a massive earthquake in 1773 smashed the city and they moved the capital to Guatemala City. They plundered it for material but the locals never really gave up on the idea of their city and rebuilt it. ...

Ancient Ruins and Howler Monkeys, Tikal National Park, Guatemala travel blog

Ancient Ruins and Howler Monkeys

A travel blog entry by sherwoodk

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          I sit outside my room at the Jungle Lodge, one of three hotels located inside of Tikal National Park. It's aptly named: in front of me lining the balcony stand towering flowers, and spindly howler ...

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