Villa Santa Catarina
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- Concierge desk
- Non-smoking hotel
- Swimming pool
- Heated pool
- Breakfast Available
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While in my stay at Guatemala I managed to visit a old coffee plantation and my guide told me lots about the culture. The coffee is a huge part of their economy. It grows very well there because of the land and how warm and humidity. The coffee provides lots of money and is almost like drugs there. This is because it is being smuggled across the ...
... was great and the atmosphere jovial, but dinner beckoned. The main street was filled with stalls and sellers approached us constantly. I learnt "no gracias" very quickly. Young children, mostly indigenous Mayans are on the streets selling, not many go to school. One young very personable boy kept approaching us as we ate dinner, when we wouldn't buy anything he asked for a piece of bread. ...
... the U.S. family beach places.
Brunch was a delicious fruit salad at a, Lonely Planet recommended, deli. It was just right! Then on to the school. I happened to time my arrival with a group from Vancouver, Canada who had come to meet with 16 students that they sponsor as a group, through the school. I was really impressed with the work that they are doing with these empoverished children. I heard that, even with the school support, many of their ...
... years old and still working every day. He and his son were making roof tiles and baking stones. I was the lucky volunteer who got to work with his son squishing the clay into a mold for a baking stone, getting all the bubbles out, smoothing with my hands and then with a machete. I loved the feel of the wet clay and my stone looked pretty good!
After lunch we walked through an enormous Maya market in another small town. Most of the women were ...
... so it difficult to see through the water as it kept churning up the sand. I also kept bumping into rocks which made swimming difficult. So in the end I opted for the squat and snorkel. What? It’s a thing! Well it is now. I must have looked absolutely ridiculous. And/or like I was taking a pee in the sea. Oh well. I saw a couple of little blue fishies so I don’t care. By this point I had to get out of the water and make my way back to the hostel so I could lie down. And that ...