Red-hot magma in Antigua, Guatemala...
Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
35Trip End Sep 03, 2008
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Now we are in Antigua, Guatemala. The ride here was pretty CRAZY, the road was terrible at times and there was construction everywhere! We soared down the mountains and arrived in Antigua thinking we would stay the night and leave first thing in the morning, but we ended up staying three days
Also, Antigua has more tourists than any other city we've been in and wherever you go you can hear American English being spoken, it's kind of nice though. I also have to add that the Danes and the Norwegians are representing but no Swedes so far... a little disappointing! There are churches everywhere as well as old church ruins mixed in with newer colonial buildings. Again it's difficult to describe the complete experience but to add to the perfectness of this city it has a majestic volcano towering over it!
There are cool bars, restaurants, stores, internet cafes everywhere we even found an Irish pub! Since our last name is McKinley we felt obliged to go in and have a couple of pints and it turned out that Nathan who worked behind the bar rode down his motorcycle from Washington state, accompanied by his girlfriend
Antigua is situated in a valley surrounded by several volcanoes, one of them called Pacaya is still active. We decided to stay an extra day to hike the volcano and YES we saw lava and several small eruptions...it was redicously cool!
Hey Jess here...okay, we've been on the road for awhile now and it's really wearing us down...I know we've taken a lot of beautiful pictures and posted about a bunch of different stuff...but I miss home, I miss my bed, and I miss our stuffed animal - Monkey-Baby.
What!!..what the hell am I saying??...we're just getting good at this!! True, the initial shock-and-awe of gorgeous vistas, ox carts filled with bananas and mangos, chicken buses, and those little three-wheeled moto-taxis that look like they should be in Bombay, India.... have all become part of our daily reality. It sounds weird, but yeah, we are getting pretty good this!
On the moto front, the Panama Prowler (the bike, submitted by gschowe!) has been kickin' arse
Ok...Antigua!! I really wasn't too hyped to see this place...it's one of Guatemala's oldest expat hang outs and didn't feel like eating at Burger King ...but once again...I was wrong...this place rocks!! Yes it does have a McDonald's....and yes, we ate there:)... it also has McInternet...a free internet café where kids can eat their Happy Meals and watch obscene videos on YouTube...wish we had that when I was a kid.
Anyhow, Antigua has everything...ringed by smoking volcanoes, it lies at a nice and temperate 5000 feet, and has a bunch of cool bars, coffee shops, old churches, and colonial charm. The first thing we did once we settled into our little hotel, was go find an Irish pub! We heard that there was one in Antigua and it was high-time for pint of Guinness! Well, we found Reilly's Bar but they were fresh out of Guinness, so we ordered the next best thing, Guatemala's finest beer - Gallo! I liked it so much, I bought the t-shirt. Anyhow, as Malin mentioned, I started talking with the bartender and found out that he's a moto-adventurer too
OK, Guatemala get's a two thumbs up for being a spectacular destination...the word WOW comes to mind quite often. Tomorrow we leave for El Salvador and honestly, I have no idea what to expect...we only have one day there...and we have border crossing to negotiate as well...just when we're getting comfortable up in the Highlands (we've been over 5000 feet for the last two weeks), it's time to get back to the Pacific coast!