Guatemala: Day 5

Trip Start Nov 07, 2008
Trip End Nov 30, 2008

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

We crossed the boarder today. Our original plan was to go via the Routa de Flores....but when our guide and another local balked at the idea and said,"oooh,be very careful, watch yourselves",...we had a change of plans.

As we crossed the boarder, we got out to change money with a guy holding a wad of cash. (El Salvadore uses US currency). Needless to say it was not a very good rate.

We are kind of sorry we did not get to spend more time in El Salvador. Aside from the capital, it is very welcoming. No one really hassels you, they actually round down in the markets, and the locals are not jaded by a tourist industry yet. Our bus Dropped us off in Guatemala city. We had heard horror stories of this city, but after San Salvador...this place was....reeeeeal niiiiice. We went immediately to the airport to realize we had to wait 4 hours for the only flight - which, get this...took 30 minutes. Full size airplane. The second it hit cruising altitude, we were descending.

Our first stop was Flores. Flores is a wee island in Lago de Izabal (lake Izabal) that you can cover in about 15 minutes (apx 2km across). It is the jumping point for Tikal ruins. The largest Maya ruins in central America. It kicks Chichen Itza's Mayan ass.

Flores has tons of lake front restaurants, hostels, semi-cobble stone streets....and the people are very nice. They don't scare the pants off you like parts of the rest of the country does.

(oh,and in the airport we met a girl from Australia named Catherine who traveled with us for a day or 3). She has been travelling since Februrary...
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