Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

Xela (pronounced Shey-la) is only the easy version of the really-challenging name – Quetzaltenango…

We continued from Atitlan to another part of the western highlands – Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela. The town is beautifully situated between several volcnoes, and is a nice, welcoming place for tourists. But we had the good fortune of meeting and staying with Fernando and his family, which made the whole experience even better, […]

Lago de Atitlan

From Antigua we headed to Lago de Atitlan, one of the highlights of Guatemala (if not the main one). The lake had been described by Aldous Huxley as ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’ back in the 1930’s, and this sets some high expectations. I don’t know about ‘the most’, but the lake and […]

Pacaya – volcano challenge

From Antigua we took a tour to the Pacaya volcano. There are many volcanoes in Guatemala, and a few of them are around Antigua. Pacaya had been active since the 1970’s, and we went to climb it. Lava is soooo cool up close!

Antigua – the old capitol

From Coban we headed to Antigua, the old capitol of Guatemala, just outside of Guatemala City. To get to Antigua we had to pass through Guatemala City. We feared this, as we imagined Guatemala City to be a bustling place, with many vehicles and traffic, and the lack of decent road signs in Guatemala in […]

Coban – camping on a playground slide

We left Semuc Champey rather early in the morning, hoping to reach Antigua that day. On the way we saw a funny looking Volkswagen bus passing us, and we knew they were also travelers. Sure enough, John calls us on the walkie-talkie all excited, telling us that these are their friends from the time they […]

Semuc Champey – European scenery, with tropical humidity!

Semuc Champey is a place with crystal blue pools and a river, only 10 km from Lanquin. Well, we already know that 10 km takes a looong time on the mountain road. We arrived at Semuc Champey sometime in the afternoon; we took enough time for the ride there. A sign greeted us in three […]

The longest road to Gruta de Lanquin

Our next stop was Lanquin, where we had planned to camp by the cave. We checked out the map the night before leaving there, and as the road looked good, and it was only 200 km, we started out a bit late in the morning. The road turned out to be the shittiest road in […]

Convoying our way to Guatemala

We left Belize and the Parrot Nest with the Kindras, on our way to Guatemala. The border is only a short drive away from San Ignacio, and on the way we started getting used to what would dominate our view from the front for the next few weeks – the back to the Kindras’ capmer! […]