Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for San Marcos, Guatemala

Jun 21, 2014 - Tajumulco Hike

Earlier this week, I arrived in Xela after my travels in Tikal. The plan upon arrival was to stay for only 2 weeks enrolled in school then take a week of vacation travelling to visit Antigua, Lake Atitlán, hike both volcán Santiagito and Tajumulco. This still remains the plan but given the difference in altitude and my fear of getting altitude sickness, I decided to hike both volcanos a week apart so today at 5:00am, I leave for Tajumulco. Volcán Tajumulco: Quetzaltenango is a mountain town located about 7,600ft above sea level so it takes...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Xela 2012

Jan 28, 2013 - Tilapacita and Mangroves

Josh picked us up at 06:00 for the 2 1/2 hour drive down from the western highland mountains to the Pacific coast town of Tilapa. It is in the southwest corner of Guatemala very close to the Mexico border. Actually, we're going to the little oceanside island town of Tilapacita where we board a long narrow outboard motor lancha for transport thru the mangrove groves. There´ll be Josh, Lidia, the capitan and me. Even by 09:00 the morning sun is considerably hotter than our last couple weeks in the western mountain highlands. Hence our primary...

Jump to full entry

Dec 26, 2012 - La Navidad

So for Christmas, I went to a village 4 hours away from Xela to spend it with the family of the mother. This is where the fun begins. Monday after class, we rushed to catch the last buses going to Por venir. Keep in mind, it was a combination of 4 buses. I cant explain how crowded the buses were enough. we had 3 ppl in each seat, lines of people standing and even a couple people hanging on the doors...lol. Its sucked but it was all worth it given that when we arrived at the village, i was revered like a village champion. Everyone looked,...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Xela 2012

Jul 20, 2011 - Floating into North America

Tecun Uman, Guatemala--Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico I´m mildly exhausted today from the yesterday´s long travel day. Still woke up early, though, thanks to my new roommate, and fat friend, Domingo´s gas. I almost had a heart attack when he busted loose. Anyway, the early bird gets the worm in these parts. 6am-8am is prime time for hondu to cross the Suchiate River into North America. When one talks about the Mexican border, naturally we think of South...Texas, California, etc. The southern border of Mexico is a forgotten border. It´s wild. I...

Jump to full entry

Jul 20, 2011 - Shopping anyone?

When I was done investigating the river, I ventured back into Guatemala and spent the afternoon doing what I had waited a long time to do...shop. Sounds weird, don´t it. You see, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, for some odd reason, there are more than 50 second hand clothing shops. This is where you can find a needle in a haystack. In past years I have found Donkey Kong, Popeye, Pony amongst others. Each t-shirt will set u back $1. The same shirt in NY would cost you around $50. I can´t pass up a bargain, aside from the fact that I need some new...

Jump to full entry

Jul 19, 2011 - Tecun a Matta

July 19 Esquipulas-Guatemala City-Tecun Uman (Guatemala) Long day, perhaps the longest day of the entire trip. It´s a day of non-stop travel and no food, but, nevertheless, an important day. This is the day I make major travel decisions which can affect the productivity of my fieldwork. You may be wondering why today is a day of no food. I don´t purposely starve myself, but two things to consider 1) im taveling amongst migrants. if i want to be like them, well, sort of, i can´t pig put like i´d like to. 2) no bathrooms on buses frightening...

Jump to full entry

Mar 14, 2009 - update

well i sent an email the other day to 5 people, but i guess word got around and i think i caused a bit of an alarm. i was panicked at the time but i'm ok now. the email concerned my feelings of unsafety here. i'm feeling a lot better now. i've taken the necessary precautions and i'm very alert. i also spoke about it with Bobolop. its been 2 mths i've been here and honestly i'ts not easy, but i'm hanging on. i'm thinking about changing to another city where there are more people from the project. we'll see. i have to make sure wherever i go...

Jump to full entry

Jan 27, 2007 - Tajumulco: Conquering Tajumulco - highest volcano in Central America

Summary: - Meet at QuetzalTrekkers...leave with rucksack weighing a ton - 445am start....nothing more to add - WOW…now that’s what I call a sunset!! - Talking to a mountaineering legend around the campfire - DOUBLE WOW…WHAT a Sunrise!! I was looking forward to a quiet weekend to finally get this blog in a half decent state with some pictures for everyone to read but Tajumulco the highest volcano in Central America at 4220m had other ideas, 'climb me if you dare' was the challenge...so stupidly I said why not. I went with a really...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


EZ Duz it!



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com