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Jul 22, 2011 - Cobbled streets and arches.

Antigua 22/07/11 Cobbled streets and arches. Antigua is the tourism show piece of Guatemala, according to the bible (‘Lonely Planet’) and it isn’t hard to see why. It has a very colonial feel to it. All the roads are set out in a grid and amongst the new concrete buildings are the old Spanish stone built ones. There are a few that have been restored, or didn’t get knocked down by earthquakes. Most of these were the town council buildings or the churches. There are plenty of relics that are about, tumbled down archways and walls of...

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3rd Gap Year

Jul 16, 2011 - Antigua

Bonjour a tous! Nous revoila a Antigua pour encore deux jours! Avant d;aller au Lac Atitlan, nous avons sejourner deux jours dans cette petites villes coloniales! Ici, cest plutot touristique mais tres charmant a la fois! Les rues sont paves de petites pierres, les maison et commerces peintures de couleurs pastels! A notre arrive, nous avons marche a travers les petites rues afin dexplorer la ville! On sest permis une soire dans un bar vraiment le fun!!! Mick est reste avec d;autres gars de notre groupe dans le bar pendant que moi et...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Antigua

Well, I ended up travelling back up to Antigua and ended my second GAP tour through Central America. Antigua is sure a nice place to hang out as the locals are really friendly here and there is quite a bit to do. There are a few activities like Volcano hiking, there are many many Spanish schools, and there is a sizeable market area for those that like to shop. Today I start the third GAP tour called the Volcano Trail tour and it is by far the most popular GAP tour through Central America as it always fills up. I have a full 15 people on...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Antigua

Well we got to Antigua yesterday and it took quite a bit longer than originally expected as there had been a landslide on the road going to Guatemala City which we needed to get through in order to get to Antigua. It all worked out in the end though and I was quite happy that we had opted for a private van instead of the chicken bus. The chicken buses are often quite full, have no air (are basically just school buses that have been converted to regular buses). In case I hadn't mentioned it before, we call them chicken buses because the...

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Jun 23, 2011 - Guatemala

We left Belize in high spirits, excited to see what new adventures awaited us in Guatemala. Across the border, it was back to Spanish again, and off to the town of Flores, in a minibus packed with 24 people (nothing we haven't seen in our taxis back home, but still a crazy experience when you are actually 2 of those 24 people!) The roads in Guatemala are really bad, and even a short journey distance wise will take several hours to complete. Anyway, the long trips in this country were made worth it by the most incredible scenery I have ever...

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Year of Awesome

May 15, 2011 - Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Have had an amazing few weeks in Central America. Am now in New York so thought I should quickly post my blog before it all gets behind. I arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on 28 April. Playa Del Carmen is sooooo beautiful with white sandy beaches, cool shops and great bars and restaurants along the beach to hang out at. The day after I arrived, I met two Mexican girls who were on holidays, so we all went out together to check out the Playa nightlife, which if I might say is fantastic...ladies night (which appears to be every night)...

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Hobo Tales

Apr 27, 2011 - Antigua

Well, I have been in Antigua for a week now. Looking forward to moving on to the Lake Atitlan tomorrow! Last week was the big week with lots of people around, processions lining the streets in celebration for Semane Sante. They were pretty cool, roman soldiers marching down the cobbled streets..carrying heavy floats with a mellow, silent plod...only to be followed with the lovely sound of thundering generator being pulled behind to power the lights strung on the floats! Very good. Though now its all over, it all went a little for a couple...

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Mar 27, 2011 - Fuerte Amador and Panama Canal

We arrived at the entrance to the canal, late in the afternoon to go ashore at 6.30pm. Fuerte Amador is a causeway that joins 4 small islands to mainland Panama City. We tendered in to the Marina in choppy seas (great fun). We had decided against a tour and just walked along the causeway for about a mile watching the local people as we went. We stopped off for a local beer before heading back again. It was very hot and humid so we needed the refreshment! Monday morning we were up bright and early to set off into the canal. We had already...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 25, 2011 - Antigua

Finally we set foot on terra firma in Guatemala and took the hour and a half drive on a cruise shuttle up to Antigua. We did an “on your own tour”. They got us up there and back for about the same price as a taxi ride. We then had 3 hours to wander around. The main old Colonial area is very walkable so of course that’s what we did. The buildings are all pretty low level and have fairly boring fronts but once you get a look inside that all changes. There are lovely courtyards and stores etc. The people seem very friendly and were reminiscent...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Feb 13, 2011 - Antigua & Lake Atitlan: Guatemala

ANTIGUA, SAN MARCOS & SAN PEDRO We arrived in Antigua on a Saturday afternoon after a great stay in Lanquin. After checking out a few hostels we decided on a hostel called “Jungle Party”. I suppose that we should have realised by the hostel’s name that the quiet Saturday night that we had in store, was not to be! After a noisy night of music and uncomfortable and noisy plastic covered mattresses we grabbed breakfast and set out to find a language school for the week ahead. Our decision to attend language school was based on the fact that we...

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Feb 5, 2011 - Antigua

We arrived in Antigua late afternoon on the 3rd, after an exhausting day of shuttle bus travel. We all checked into a 'party' hostel and met up with the first group of Australians we had met in Tulum and formed an awesome super group of 11. The hostel had a 'Russian party' that night so we all put on our paper Russian hats and had a party before heading out on the town where we found another Ladies night. We found a very strange bar that served everyone pop corn, had doors that were about 3 foot high (pictures will be on Facebook soon) and...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Antigua Guatemala

Our next port of call was Antigua – the old capital of Guatemala. Built under spanish colonial rule, it is a beautiful and graceful city, nothing like the current capital, Guatemala City, which we drove though on our journey here. This was a noisy, dirty, smelly, vast sprawl of urban development. We were happy to pass on through. Antigua is clean, bright, well laid out, and chock full of churches. Unfortunately the city suffered various earthquakes and volcano eruptions (it is close to three), and many of the original buildings have been...

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