Trotting around Guatemala

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Mon Ami - menu is nothing without chicken

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

No luck with sleeping in today. In order to avoid the stronger heat we booked a horse riding tour for 7am, and happy we did as by 9am the horses were sweating badly (not to mention ourselves).

The horse trip lasted 3 hours (125 Quetzal per person = $17US) and took us from the hotel to the jungle mountain top and back. It was a slow ride but very entertaining with guide Rigoberto who just did not know the concept of silence and kept shooting information on the local plants, his life and the Guatemalan civil war.

As happened in Nicaragua, given the recent civil war (ended in 1994 officially), most of the people around here suffered during those years, and Rigobertos stories where just amazing - the fact he was alive was quite a miracle given the close encounters with death he had. Apparently he was taken to be shot by the military once for storing food for the guerilla in his land, only to be saved last minute when the owner of the food appeared...and was subsequently shot himself.

His main concern nowadays is trying to keep the jungle as it is, given that the wealthy land owners are cutting large areas down in order to make feed areas for cattle.

Anyway, the rest of the day has been lazying around in the lake cabin, swimming with the mini-fish, and having a siesta on the hotel hammock. We will have to get up early tomorrow to pop over to Mexico (4.30 am start), so we will not be sleeping too long tonight.

Given we are changing country, dont be afraid if there are no updates until 2-3 days have passed, although we have normally found internet in most places lately.

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