Comatose in San Pedro
Trip Start Aug 23, 2006
32Trip End Apr 15, 2007
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San Pedro is an anomaly for our trip so far, as it's a prosperous Mayan town. Despite all the tourism, outside the backpacker ghetto it's largely a traditional place, with the girls and women in their Mayan skirts and blouses, men in jeans, pressed dress shirts and straw cowboy hats. Shortly after dawn you'll find women carrying large bowls of corn to a local shop to be ground, returning with bowls of corn meal, and not long after that, the pat-pat-pat sounds of corn tortillas being made can be heard from nearly every window
Yesterday we hoofed it 5 hours from San Pedro to San Marcos, over hill and dale, at 4500 feet altitude. You can imagine how our sea level lungs responded to that. And for some unknown reason, we did another long hike today. There must be something wrong with us...
We've found the greatest little cafe here, the Nuevo Sol. Run by an expat and former restaurateur from Sacramento, we refueled after our hike with great food and conversation. Mentioning our little jaunt to San Marcos, the owner, Dennis, mentioned that it's not terribly uncommon for tourists to be robbed on that route. The towns themselves are completely safe, the routes between somewhat less so. So much for our Lonely Planet guidebook's "up-to-date" recommendations...it's been crap multiple times so far, go with a Rough Guide for Central America. Not to worry Mom, we'll be getting local advice first from now on.
We're well relaxed now and ready to pick up the pace a bit, so hopefully the blog will get a bit more eventful soon. We'll be moving on tomorrow, whether to a new town or a new country we're not quite sure yet. Pictures soon.