Monthly Archives: November 2008

Mid-Journey Check-In

At present I’m in the midst of a month-long journey around Guatemala and its neighboring countries. Once I conclude the journey and resettle in Antigua next month, I’ll start recapping the journey and posting photos.

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A Month of Travel

For the next month I’ll be traveling around Central America. My backpacking trip will take me through Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

Stay tuned in for periodic reports.

Feel free to explore my archives in the meantime. A lot happened in the past month.

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Today I’m leaving Antigua after a month-long stay at Sevilla Academia de Español. My stay was wonderful, so much so it’s sad to leave. Not only did I improve my Spanish; I met some great people from all over the world. In fact, I’d say the social experience was just as worthwhile as the learning experience.

We studied together. We ate together. We drank together. We danced together. We had a lot of good times together.

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Lago de Atitlán, Pt. 9: Reserva Natural Atitlán

As our weekend at Lago de Atitlán neared its conclusion, we returned to Panajanchel, the transportation gateway, where we booked a shuttle van for the return trip to Antigua.

After restraining herself from photographing the villagers all weekend, Julia took a couple quick photos among the chaos of the dock area in Panajanchel.

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Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala, Pt. 8: Santa Cruz

The hike from El Jaibalito led us to Santa Cruz, a hillside village with an assortment of small developments lining the lake shore. A month ago, during my first visit to the lake, I stayed in Santa Cruz at a backpacker’s hostel, La Iguana Perdida. I was happy to return.

Santa Cruz is a good alternative to San Pedro. Whereas San Pedro is a thriving village of Mayans, expatriate gringos, and tourists — laden with hostels, restaurants, and bars, and boasting an anything-you-want service industry — Santa Cruz is little more than a coastline of laid-back all-in-one resorts.

If you want to get away from it all, Santa Cruz is a good choice. The views are amazing, the lifestyle is tranquil, and the resorts offer everything you need.

Santa Cruz as seen from the Jaibalito hiking trail, which overlooks much of the lake:

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Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala, Pt. 7: El Jaibalito

After San Marcos, we took a lancha to El Jaibalito, another uneventful village, and hiked from there to Santa Cruz. I did this hike the last time I was at Lago de Atitlán. The views were fantastic, but the weather was rainy that day and I didn’t have my camera with me.

This time the sun was shining, we had cameras, and many photos were taken.

First, a video of the ride there.

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Lago de Atitlán, Guatemala, Pt. 6: San Marcos

Besides San Pedro, we also visited the village of San Marcos. Though it proved uneventful, San Marcos was a good place to chill out on the dock, where we had to wait for an hour or so for a lancha. The dock was a good place to chill out because it boasted an incredible view of the volcanoes.

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