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Jan 24, 2013 - Los Tarrales Reserve
Tourist office told us when and where we needed to be to catch the 06:15 bus from Pana to the Los Tarrales Reserve. So we got up early, had a cup of joe, called our tuc tuc buddy Eddie, and arrived at the bus stop at 06:00. There we learned that the bus actually passes by at 05:45. But not to worry there are resourceful Guatemalans always at hand to suggest a solution - of which they are a commercial component. So into a full 8 person van we climb (luggage on roof) and are driven to the next city over, about 15 minutes. Then we rapidly...Jump to full entry
Jan 22, 2013 - Panajachel
After our 5,500 ft (1,676 m) vertical ascent yesterday our legs were a bit stiff - thank goodness for Advil. Riding in a van to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan was a lot less effort. The ride was a bit longer than expected as a landslide had closed a major road and we had to use a more mountainous (read UP & DOWN CURVY)'road'. Even that had suffered from the earthslide and a water-crossing no longer had the luxury of a bridge. The ride was none the less worth it. The views were spectacular especially as we neared the mountain descent to the...Jump to full entry
Jun 24, 2012 - Decisions,decisions!
As I write this I have some sort of enternal conflict (and yes I know why?)I am in one of the coolest places I've ever been too,but I have this feeling this place may not be conducive to my well being.I guess what it comes down to in life it's that when you finally think you found what you are looking for you realize maybe there's something else? I still don't know.All I can say is that things happen for a reason,good or bad but they're supposed too.I have so much to share,but until you walk in my shoes your perspective will always be...Jump to full entry
Jun 16, 2012 - Pissed off!
Ok I'm pissed off because I had 3 days worth of bloggging material and when I came to add some photos everthing was gone.And since I'm sooo busy I dont want to reenter all the info.So here is some of it! Today was full of mixed emotions.On one hand I was glad to be leaving Xela because of the noise and traffic,but on the other hand I would be leaving some nice people that I may never see again.I guess I better get used to it because there is still a lot I want to see. I had no classes today cause I was headed to San Pedro at 3pm I decided...Jump to full entry
May 27, 2012 - San Pedro
I have'nt posted in a while cause most everyday has been the same this week.Class,gym ,salsa.Now obviously I have done more than that but I don't want to bore you any longer with my daily events.Friday night we had a little bbq with some of my classmates and instuctors.Not your regular type bbg but still fun.I had to volunteer my services for the evening while some of the other students made quacamole and salsa.Everything turned out real good and we all had fun.After the bbg we headed to a bar and played some pool and fooseball.After a few...Jump to full entry
Apr 7, 2012 - Lago de Atitlan
After 17 and half horrendous hours, we made it to the lake. Will try and add pictures to the last entries, when I can. Going to do my Rescue Diver course here, and visit my sponsored buddy, Victor. And then it will be back to Guatemala City on Friday and back to the States Saturday!Jump to full entry
Feb 16, 2012 - The night before travel
It is the night before travel and the house is a mess I think I have everything but that's just a guess. Tomorrow we set off in the wee hours For Guatemala land of spring and flowers. To teach comadronas emergency skills. To save mothers' lives and help with their ills. It is our 10th anniversary; wow I'm impressed. To promote women's health there never is rest. Wish us luck as we settle by the edge of the lake And I'll keep you posted for heaven's sake.Jump to full entry
Jan 14, 2012 - Panajachel & Santiago, Guatemala
We had an early morning departure to drive to Panajachel on the lake for one night. On the way out of town we stopped at one more church in town for photos. It was a decent drive, but on curvy roads, so not terribly conducive to reading, which is my usual occupation for these drives. When we reached the Panajachel, Guy went off on his own to a wildlife sanctuary, since he was just here last year. The rest of us, got straight on the boat to take us across Lake Atitlan to the village of Santiago, where we visited the Mayan god whose name I...Jump to full entry
Sep 18, 2011 - San Juan and our home-stay
We left Panajachel by boat across Lake Atitlan top do a tour of some of the villages on the shore before we got to San Juan (where we're doing our home-stay this evening). Lake Atitlan has 12 major villages where six different Mayan languages are spoken. In San Pedro, the first village on our tour, we visited a number of shops and saw an old catholic church; but the most interesting thing we saw on the island was a bit of Mayan syncretic religion known as Maximun (pronounced "mashi-moon"). Maximun is a carved wood statue who lives in the...Jump to full entry
Sep 16, 2011 - Finally starting to move...
Hey friends! Our last few days have been full of fun and travelling. We stayed in Lanquin for two nights at a great hostel called Zephyr Lodge. It was elevated on a nice hill side with awesome views of the valley and river. Thursday morning we went to Semuc Champey with some people from our hostel and had a guide take us around the caves and turquoise pools. We each had to carry a candle in the cave and actually had to swim through the darkness at some points while just holding the candle above water. There were waterfalls in the caves and...Jump to full entry
Sep 12, 2011 - More Lago Atitlan!
After our stay in San Pedro, we moved on to San Marcos, which is a mecca for old hippies to congregate and practice yoga and meditation. We stayed at this amazing rustic bungalow for about 19$. Also we found this nature preserve where Peter jumped off a mirador (check facebook for pictures). We then moved on to Santa Cruz and stayed at the Iguana Perdida, which is a respected hostel amongst backpackers. We where there longer then expected (four nights) partly because of the election. We are now in Pana for the night and getting ready to...Jump to full entry
Sep 7, 2011 - San Pedro
Once arriving in San Pedro La Laguna (another Mayan town on Lake Atitlan) we decided to hire a guide and climb Volcan San Pedro (3,020 meters), which is one of the three volcanoes that surround Lake Atitlan. The original plan was to summit the volcano in time for the sunrise, but we didn´t plan accordingly. Instead, after one of the hardest hikes that either of us have done, when we finally reached the top, not only was it daylight, but there was absolutely no view because of the dense clouds. We only stayed at the summit for about 25...Jump to full entry