Flores, Ruins, Volcanos & Salsa
Trip Start Oct 04, 2008
31Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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Panajachel, a bustling resort beside the beautiful steep-sided crater lake Atitlan surrounded by several immense volcanoes
Moving on the following day to Antigua, here while Colin got up at 6am to climb a live volcano Kim wandered the cobbaled streets to find ruins and churches every hundred yards. At the top of the volcano groups scrambled about in the ashes, walking sticks caught fire and boots melted.....what can I say! Awesome.Colin walked up part way and rode a horse for the rest, sad old git.
Took a Chicken bus to a macademia nut farm, the local buses are old school buses brightly painted with loud music......a truely cultural experience
In the evening the whole group took Salsa and Meringe lessons.....we all had a few drinks first so we all thought we were great.....Colin still insists his hips do not move that way and said what do you mean I need to lead....exchanging partners was hilarious, check out the photos for the concentration on everyones face.
Our final destination was Flores a pretty town full of pastel-coloured buildings set on another lake, with beautiful sunsets. From here we visited Tikal where magnificent ruins tower above lush rainforest and was once a great Mayan metropolis.Around 370 sq kilometres the atmosphere was awesome, howler monkeys roar, toucans screech and hoards of paraceets squable overhead. We saw crocs in the lake, humming birds and a coatimundi digging. Climbing to the top of one of the pyramids gave us a view of the other pyramids peeking through the vast canopy. Great day, in our opinion the best of the Mayan sites, but not enough time to see everything.
Guatemala is a bit like being in bandit country, with risks around every corner either from your bus driver, road conditions or indeed bandits. Every Coca Cola delivery truck has an armed guard as do 7elevens, gas stations, hotels and of course banks all toting pump action shotguns. Always kept you on your toes......thats what travelling is all about we survived to move onto Belize.
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