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Guatemala

San Pedro

Lake Antitlan

sunny 26 °C

Friday I headed up to lake Antitlan for a few days, unfortunately it was a bit short lived because my bank card was not accepted at either of the ATM´s so I had to come back to Antigua today. It was quite the adventure crossing the rough misty lake late Friday afternoon on my own. I hand heard about a nice hostel and managed to find it quickly. Friday night the whole of the hostel went out to some bars which would have been fantastic, except twice the police came into the bars and pepper sprayed everyone....needless to say not a nice experience two times in a night but I did manage a toast for Joe´s 23rd B-day as well! I survived and enjoyed soaking up the sun at the lake Saturday and then went to hear a local band play live, and they were excellent..."I like Guatemala I like you too" maybe you had to be there but it was such a great band, bit ska ish and I jumped/danced around like the good old SOMA days! Due to the lack of funds I headed back to Antigua today and decided to head down to El Salvador for some surf! I am off tomorrow morning and with some luck might even be able to hit the waves tomorrow afternoon. I´m pretty stoked since it has been years...hopefully surfing is like riding a bike!
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Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Posted by Hansnally 15:38 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Conquered Pacaya

An amazing night on the base of an active volcano

sunny 23 °C

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Well I spent Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday trying to kick a nasty cold / throat infection but thankfully the feeling of swallowing razor blades passed and other than a bit of snoring I´m left with I´m almost 100%. Which meant that Wednesday night I decided I was okay enough to hike up Pacaya http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacaya; one of the few active volcano's you can get so close to in the world...and it was worth it and then some.
We hiked 3 k up to the base of the volcano, which isn´t bad but carrying 15 kilos made it slow, sweaty going. We set up camp, and as the sun was setting we headed up the volcano. We made it up just as full darkness set in and it made seeing the lava that much more impressive. The heat as we climbed up was quite intense and the additional layers we added due to the altitude had to be shed (and the put back on...oh and the hat isn´t mine). We roasted marshmallows over the lava and snapped loads of pics, unfortunately sometimes you can not get other people to take the same quality pics you do of them. Nonetheless as you can see it was impressive but being there was something else!
Definitely falls very high on the "coolest ever" list and though I´m exhausted and ready for an early night tonight it was an amazing experience.
Next I´m headed to Lake Atitlan.
P.S. some jungle pics from Tuesday... I did a short jungle hike to see if I was fit enough for Wednesday
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Posted by Hansnally 14:31 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Antigua

the other Antigua in Guatemala that is

sunny 22 °C

Some snaps around town, will post more later today or tomorrow of the market and suchLent Parade

Lent Parade

Old Building

Old Building

View over Antigua w/ volcano in background

View over Antigua w/ volcano in background

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Church

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Stop sign

at night

at night

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Posted by Hansnally 08:24 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Rio Dulce & Livingston

Guatemala

sunny 25 °C

From Punta Gorda (PG to the locals) I headed across the Caribbean Sea to Livingson Guatemala, which proved to be the easiest exit and entry from one country to the next! Livingston is atop a hill, and saying that it is picturesque is a bit of an understatement. There was a small storm on Wednesday night and it blew the power for several hours but it wasn´t any problem. From Livingston I traveled to Rio Dulce and the trip of the river was nothing short of amazing. The trip was about 2 1/2 hours through lush jungle canyons - I´ve never seen anything like it and as I said amazed!
Arrived in Rio Dulce yesterday afternoon and checked out the "city" which is set along side the main road running in and out of the city.
This morning I visited an orphanage just across the river called Casa Guatemala and runs the hostel I´m staying at. It is a warm loving place, the only bummer is they are also feeling the downturn of the economy and having troubles with farming and offering the children more than rice and beans for dinner - nonetheless the children are all very healthy and happy. I am seriously considering doing some volunteering there later on in my trip.
Tomorrow I´m heading either north to Flores or West to Antigua not sure will decide in the morning...Immigration Office

Immigration Office

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orphanage Casa Guatemala

orphanage Casa Guatemala

Posted by Hansnally 11:20 Archived in Guatemala Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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