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Baggin’ Peaks – Ash Finally Gets Her Volcano: Acatenango

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A Facebook message from our friend Sarah suggested that we should climb Volcano Acatenango as part of our stay in Antigua.  Ash had been itching to do some hiking and had been eager to climb a volcano since our days in Mexico.  Unfortunately due to her Guatemalan Weight Loss Plan (GWLP), we weren’t able to do Volcan de San Pedro,…

San Pedro La Laguna – Welcome to Gringolandia

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By Ashley
A switchback-filled, steep, pothole-ridden road led us (very slowly) to the town of San Pedro La Laguna.  We arrived just in time to start our week of Spanish classes at the Corazon Maya Spanish School. Upon arrival, we knew we had made the right decision to stay at the school.  Our cabana had great views of the mountains…

Panajachel, Lago de Atitlan

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Chichicastenango is a cute town in Guatemala, famous for its Wednesday and Saturday market which is said to be the largest in the country.  After 4 hours of driving around the town with Sarah and Wilson, all we knew was that accommodation was going to be a problem.  It seemed impossible to find a hotel with enough parking to secure…

Down on the Farm in Acul

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We arrived in the mountain town of Nebaj hoping to find a place to camp for the night.  After wandering around town and making inquiries at hostels and hotels, it looked like our only option was the nearby airport and the football field.  Lucky for us, Wilson ran into a doctor that worked out of one of the hotels.  He…

Lanquin and Semuc Champey

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We said our goodbyes to Breena and Spencer and our Toyota convoy (The Suisse, Us, and Wilson/Sarah) headed over the bridge through Rio Dulce ready for our 7+ hour drive to Semuc Champey.  As we hit the bridge out of town we ran over a 6″ long bolt, which resulted in a huge puncture in our tire.  All we heard…

Rio Dulce and Thoughts on the Journey, not the Destination

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We made our way from Tikal to Rio Dulce, where our friends Breena and Spencer from Straight Six Straight South were parked at the Nanajuana Marina.  We had travelled with their old travelling amigos, The Suiss (Martin and Trix), and Wilson and Sarah.  Looks like we’ve got a little Toyota crew coming together!

“Hey, I’ve got you on my Instagram!”…

Goodbye Belize, Hola Guatemala: Tikal Ruins

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After our adventures in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve we made our way down the mountain into the town of San Ignacio and the Clarissa Falls Resort and Campground.  We used the raft on the river as a launchpad to cool down and clean off the sweat and dust from the mountain roads before our border crossing the next…

Language Lessons in Gringolandia, and an Unwelcome Surprise: Guatemala Pt. 3

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This is me tearing it up n the garden at Corazon Maya.

I knew it was coming, but that didn’t mean I had to like it. After two weeks in this super fun town called Antigua, we were headed back to Lake Atitlan. In case you’re new to my blog, I’m a pretty easygoing dog. I love people, I’ll eat…

La Vida de la Ciudad: Guatemala Pt. 2

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After Victoria and Jason, Lorna and David are my favorite humans. This is all of us hanging out on Lake Atitlan.

You might remember that our first couple of weeks in Guatemala ended with quite an adventure, and a night camped out on our new friend’s property. We woke up the next morning refreshed and ready to go, but we…

Guatemala – A Country Recap

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We spent about 5 weeks in Guatemala, of which about three weeks around Lake Atitlan.
The other nights were a mix of boondocking on beaches, volcano mountains and a few parking lots.
The People
Guatemala was one of those countries many people warned us for and we were a bit cautious after we crossed the border. Every building has high…

Guatemala – El Salvador Bordercrossing With Dog and Foreign Car

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We are still traveling with John and Betti from the UK when we decide to cross the border into El Salvador. For some unknown reason it is not allowed to drive into the country with a Right Hand Drive Vehicle though, which is what John and Betti are driving.
We are doing our border-crossing research in Antigua and find out…

Playa Tecojate

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Our minds have not been ready to write much in the past few weeks with Dunya almost dying. Now that she is doing better, I will try to catch up where we left.

After having to leave the beautiful Lake Atitlan, we decided to drive to the beach. Our new friends John and Betti decided to come with us after…

Lazy Days At Lake Atitlan

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After a few days of driving through the Guatemalan mountains, mostly in second or even first gear, and reaching an average speed of not more than 25 km/hour, we were very happy to arrive at Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan is a crater lake, surrounded by mountains and vulcano’s. We decided to drive to San Marcos, where we heard that we…

On How We Did Not Go To Tikal..

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In the past two months, traveling through Mexico and Belize, we visited several Maya ruins. The South-Eastern region of Mexico, Belize and Guatemala are famous for the Maya ruins. One of the highlights, and also the largest, is Tikal, in Northeast Guatemala. To be honest, after seeing about 6-8 ruins in Mexico and Belize, we were sort of done with…

Belize – Guatemala bordercrossing with dog and foreign car

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The bordercrossing between Belize and Guatemala was our first crossing that we did not do on a Sunday. It just happened that we were not ready to cross yet on Sunday, but did not want to wait almost a week either. We had always heard that crossing borders on Sundays is somehow easier, quieter, more relaxed. We were curious to…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

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So for those of you too ‘stupid’ to get the hint….The place is of course Yavin 4 reble base from Star Wars. Not as my father maentioned a place in Turkey. A place is Guatemala called Tikal. A Mayan temple complex. Worth a visit. Really it is. Its better than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Mainly for one good reason.…

Coup de coeur au Guatemala

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Le titre de cet article doit vous mettre sur la voie : nous avons beaucoup aimé le Guatemala.
 
Après avoir fini de réparer l’attache de l’alternateur et climatiseur au Belize, il ne nous reste que quelques kilomètres avant d’arriver à la frontière. Le passage se fait sans histoire, toujours la même routine, annuler visa et permis du véhicule dans…

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras

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After seven months in Mexico, we spent one month in Guatemala, one week (!) in El Salvador, and two weeks in Honduras. I wanted to write about these countries politics and past, but I won’t. It’s hard to write an opinion on these things, because they are so complicated. And it would be dumb to think I got some kind…

Instavan II

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Even though I now carry a tiny camera, sometimes I just don’t have it on me.

…like at this carnival in Los Naranjos, Honduras.

in Suchitoto, El Salvador

Having lunch on the beach in Sambo Creek, Honduras

Spying a Juan emerging from his natural habitat at the two-person dorm room in Hotel El Mesón, Estelí, Nicaragua.

That epic coconut curry…

Guesties in the Westy

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This past week my beloved little brother and his new wife came to join us in Guatemala.

Traveling in style

We spent two nights in Antigua, two in Panajachel on Lake Atitlán, two on the Pacific Coast in Monterico, and then one night back in Antigua before they went back north to California.

Boot shopping in Jocotenango

In Panajachel, we…

Around the Lake

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This was the road from Panajachel back to Antigua. It was like being back in Baja, but actually passable.

All the overlanders seem to camp at Visión Azul in Panajachel. It’s got a pool, a nice lawn, and is next door to a fancy hotel with a helicopter landing pad. But the campground had one major bummer: sand flies that…

Highland to highland

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Juan and I usually manage to avoid double-posting about things, but this has been a diverse week with lots to mention. The drive from Quetzaltenango (Xela) to Guatemala City was effortless and pretty, but getting out of Guatemala City was difficult. Driving at night from Guatemala City to Cobán was just awful. The road isn’t lit at all, and so…

Semuc Champey

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Since we were in Cobán already, it didn’t make sense to not go to Semuc Champey, only 67 Km away and one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala from what we were told.
So we went. We spent one night in Lanquin, about 9 Km from Semuc Champey, just because we hadn’t decided whether to drive there or to…

Leaving Guatemala & into Mexico

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Yesterday we left Antiqua, in the process of doing so we bumped into Julio, a well known Austrian who has lived in Guatemala for a long time, it was a fortuitous meeting as he was able to give us loads of advice on Mexico and in doing so saved us a laborious 1000 mile detour to see some Mayan ruins,…

Antigua

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We have been enjoying a couple of days rest here in the pretty Colonial town of Antigua, time to catch up on the admin, organise insurance for Mexico and do some forward planning, it isn’t all riding bikes you know!
Antigua has been destroyed twice by earthquakes, one caused a flood after the lake on top of the volcano that overlooks the…

Bus Camp

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The great thing about traveling the way we are doing it is that we are always open to change plans.
Last Thursday, we were on our second day in Quetzaltenango. We loved that city, so we were thinking about staying an extra couple of nights. So there I was, having breakfast at a nice coffee shop, looking online for more…