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Guatemala City for a week or so…..

Guatemala City for a week or so…..

(Note, this post is filled with bright colors and contains two videos, wait for them to load to get the full effect) Every now and then we enjoy getting off the road for a few days. Renting an AirBandB house is a great way to take a break from the road and explore a...
Guatemala- A few campsites…..

Guatemala- A few campsites…..

After seeing Tikal we drove around the lake we were camped on.  That took us to another lakeside camp spot on the island of Flores.  This free spot was next to the local event hall and was filled with activity.  We watched the water taxis, a family decorating for a...
Guatemala- Tikal

Guatemala- Tikal

El Remate was the gateway village to visit the ruins of Tikal.  This Mayan architecture is notable for its size and some unique building features.  The most visible unique feature is the stone “crest” on the top of the main temples.  Some of the temples at Tikal have...
Guatemala- arrival

Guatemala- arrival

After nearly 30 days of exploring this small country, we found that leaving Belize was a fairly simple procedure.      The Belize side requires a few fees and stamps upon exit.  And try as I might, I could not get the agent to smile, even though we were all speaking...
Belize big iguanas and rising rivers

Belize big iguanas and rising rivers

Down near the Southern border of Belize lies Punta Gorda, an interesting little town. It has a very Caribbean vibe.  But many people speak Spanish, as it shares a jungle border with Guatemala.  In PG (as the locals call it) this strange house towers over all the...
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 time...
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 Visa...
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 made the...
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 of...
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 Civil...