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El Salvador

El Salvador

September 19 – 26, 2016. After three amazing months in Guatemala we crossed the border between Guatemala (Valle Nuevo) and El Salvador (Las Chinamas). We stayed only 8 days in the country because we had made plans to be in Honduras by September 29. For the first...
Guatemala, Part 3 of 3

Guatemala, Part 3 of 3

August 7 – September 19, 2016. After our grandkids Eva and Noah returned home with their parents on August 7, 2016, we decided to stay another month at Pasaj Cap in San Marcos La Laguna on Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. Then we extended our Tourist...
Granada in 5 days

Granada in 5 days

About a month ago we had some very good friends visit us from the states. Prior to coming out here they questioned whether 5 full days would be enough to see the sites around town. Elise and I felt confident that it would be a good first start to Granada, so they...
Costa Rica

Costa Rica

  Für viele ein absolutes Traumparadies, so hat es für uns leider nur zu einem Kurzaufenthalt gereicht. So unglaublich viel Zeit sollten wir eigentlich haben. Eigentlich. Dennoch hatten wir für die “Schweiz von Zentralamerika” nur knappe 3 Wochen. Dank des...
Guatemala, Part 2 of 3

Guatemala, Part 2 of 3

July 7 – August 7, 2016. We left Florida on May 5th, 2015 so after more than a year of being on the road, having family visiting was more than a big deal for us. On July 7, 2016 after saying goodbye to our new friends Julie and Ricardo who wined and dined us for...
Can we keep her?

Can we keep her?

The day dawned clear and cool. We awoke to clear skies above our camp spot at the foot of the volcano. We could now tick: ☑ Watch one volcano erupt from the summit of another off our list. Ok. Technically there was no actual list. But if there were. That one would now...
And try again

And try again

A little over a week after our first miserable failure. We were back, climbing Volcán Acatenango… again. Outside Juan’s home, we filled our day packs with our warmest gear and snacks. An afternoon wander only. No camping in the cold this time. The dry ground...
Take a break

Take a break

Your birthday excursion up a volcano didn’t go quite according to plan? You can’t really be too disappointed when one of the first things you see when you roll back in to town is a lady selling assorted pastries out of the back of her car. With a face full...
New Years and New Plans

New Years and New Plans

We left our stunning lakeside retreat at Lagos de Colon and headed for San Cristobal for Christmas. New Years called for new plans, but we had fallen in love with this city on the way south, and heading north found her no less magical. That is other than the fireworks...
Grey skies over Antigua

Grey skies over Antigua

Antigua, much like Oaxaca became a place that kept drawing us back like a magnet. Partly because we were awaiting respectable weather for climbing the nearby volcanic peak of Acatenango. Mostly because there was a lot of really tasty food. Antigua is a colonial city...
Guatemala Part 1 of 3

Guatemala Part 1 of 3

June 20 – July 7, 2016. After a month in Belize, it was time to move along to Guatemala where we ended up staying three months. We crossed the border between Belize (Benque Viejo) and Guatemala (Melchor De Mencos) on June 20, 2016. How can a country known for...
Nicaragua

Nicaragua

  Nach unserer Blitz-Durchreise von Honduras, die uns ganze 3 Stunden, inklusive Fussballgucken in einer Tankstelle, gekostet hatte, haben wir für Nicaragua nun knappe 3 Wochen Zeit. Auch nicht unbedingt super viel, aber ausreichend fürs Erste.   Somoto...
The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

The Clouds over Lake Atitlan Guatemala

Of all of the numerous things we miss about Lake Atitlan, one that we miss most is days spent simply watching the cloud formations change over the lake. Sitting at over 5000ft elevation, the nearly ideal climate of the lake, along with the active volcanoes rimming it...
Back to the underworld

Back to the underworld

Laziness had prevented us exploring the flooded, bat poo encrusted Grutas de Lanquín. Yet, the sheer number of Guatemala’s limestone caves made it difficult to leave without exploring at least one cave. Also, we still had some unfinished business with cave...