Hotel Utz Jay
Travel Blogs from Panajachel
... moving. The drive to Xela is 4 hours from Guatemala city and even though im not tall my knees did not fit in the seat at all making for a very uncomfortable ride. Just as I arrived in Guatemala a mega storm passed through with lots of rain thunder and lightening. In typical fashion my chicken buss broke down half way and the random wrenches and spanners came out in the rain. virtually everyone got off as the next buss honked as if to say ditch that one ...
... dogs to eat. Men were shot along a line. Women were often sexually abused and raped repeatedly. Mayans were manipulated and recruited by the government to abuse and kill their own people. Whole families were killed if a family member was a suspected member of the guerrilla or if he/she was too vocal about the events that were unfolding. Everybody was afraid so everybody kept quiet.
The atrocities of past events reinforces the importance of being politically aware. ...
... the next part of our journey with them. We rose early and as we got ready to leave all we could hear from down strairs was someone saying "Hola Hola Hola." We thought this was kind of strange and as per usual Stuie was ready to leave before me so he walked down stairs into the pretty courtyard to find no one but a talking parrot. Quite amused by the funny little fella Stuie started playing with him and the truth be know I was pleased something was keeping ...
... do a home stay, only this time Dean and I had a family who could speak English. In fact they spoke it well enough to school us in the Mayan language. Early the next morning several of us got up early for a gentle walk to the top of a hill. From here we got some cracking views across the lake which was surrounded by three volcanoes. Getting up early meant we were in time (just) to see the sun rise. After our time at the lake we travelled back to Antigua for another ...
... exactly the way we came and had to descend ladders and wait for some groups going in the opposite direction. The best and also least safe part was a in a little cavern that followed a waterfall that was barely big enough for two squatting people. I was third to go and over the rushing of the water couldn't hear a single instruction the guy told the first one of us. We were later told that that Aussie guy had thought it would be like a slippery dip and upon seeing his excited face ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking