From La Antigua to Panajchel

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

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El Chaparral - has small pool but not too tempting

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Friday, August 8, 2008

We have half a travel day today (only 3 hours) from La Antigua to Panajchel (which we passed the other day).

Blubi arrived yesterday and we tried three places in the evening while we caught up with each others stories.

We started with a very nice colonial house (its also a hotel) called El Arco. They have a patio with a terrace garden and serve cocktails and "cubetazos". A cubetazo is a bucket full of ice cold beer (normally 5 per bucket) at 80 Quetzals (8 euros). See picture.

Then we tried (alas) the Irish pub of La Antigua, with such and original name as "Reillys" where they had happy hour and the typical decoration.

We ended the night at the restaurant called "La Fonda de la Calle Real", which seems to be very popular, and slightly more expensive, but wasn´t as good quality as expected. Just OK.

 This morning we have just walked around a bit after breakfast and are waiting for the shuttle van to take us to Panajchel at 12.30 pm. We might update this entry later with more information on Panajchel but it most probably will be tomorrow.

A couple of comments on the photographs attached:
- Mexican prayers: we found a small market selling all sorts of handicrafts in La Antigua Guatemala. They were selling metal signs painted by hand with prayers which people dedicated to Saints and Virgins thanking them for having survived incidents (traffic accidents, rapes, muggings, animal attacks, and similar). The one attached is from a guy who was bitten by a scorpion while he was sitting in the potty with bowel movements. 

- Chiapas Souvenir: we bought this in San Cristobal de Casas. Most locals sell little dolls that are supposed to be Zapatista guerilla fighters, although to be sincere they look much more like suicide bombers than guerrillas. There is a shop in the centre of the town supporting zapatistas and which sold the lorry which we bought. Not the usual type of souvenir from Mexico!
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