Category Archives: Guatemala

第一百四十天: 再見拉丁美洲…

4.5月來只坐過一程短途機 (巴拿馬城去卡塔赫納),我沒意識地被長途巴士寵壞了 - 這 10句鐘的夜機對我來說過得很快,看完一齣戲後已沒有足夠時間睡個飽!加上座位向後傾斜度絕對不及舒適的巴士,我顯然有些不習慣Continued 繼續看…

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Day 139: End of the Road – Latin America

Rio de Janeiro seen from Corcovado
- the world’s most jaw droppingly gorgeous city

This is it. Our journey in Latin America has come to an epic end. Who would have thought we’d travel through Central and South America by land, with only a hopping flight between the two. We’ve clocked 450 hours of bus and boat time, covered 28,000 kilometers of gravel, dirt and asphalt (3 times the flying distance from Rio to London!), 17 border crossings and 14 countries. We made it – Mexico City to Panama City; Cartagena to Rio de Janeiro; 139 days, traversing from the sea level beaches of Nicaragua up to altitudes of 5,000m in the Andean plains of Bolivia, and back down to sea level again at the jaw dropping beaches of Brazil. Continued 繼續看…

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第二十三天:公共巴士上的奇景

今早六點半出發坐公巴前往危地馬拉城。首次坐雞巴士 (domestic bus), 誠惶誠恐的,怕它遲來 (或不來)、怕它開得慢耽誤我們的行程(去尼加拉瓜的巴士會下午一點在危地馬拉城開出,可我們還沒有買車票呀) … Continued 繼續看…

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Day 23: Bus Ride to the Capital

Funky Buses of Guatemala

We were headed to Guatemala City to catch a long distance bus to Nicaragua this morning. It was our first ride on local buses here in Guate, and what fun it was! For less than US$4, we enjoyed a 3 hour journey that was every moment a spectacle. This was the sort of culture shock we sought after when we travel – being rushed onto the bus as our backpacks were thrown onto the rooftop, barely getting a chance to grip on tightly before the driver stepped on the gas, then finding the bus at 200% capacity! Continued 繼續看…

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Snapshots: 危地馬拉 Guatemala

Guatemalan taking a break beside his bicycle, Antigua
Man and double bass on the animated streets of Antigua
Swirly clouds and a swirly lamp-post, Antigua
Wealthy couple enjoy a meal as an
impoverished boy shines their shoes, Antigua
Covered sidewalk in Antigua’s main square
Hiking through the cloud forest of Pacaya volcano
Quiet Antigua dramatized by Volcan Agua in the background
Local in Antigua
Local in Antigua – Guatemalans are cowboys at heart
Local men gather every morning by the main square to chat and have a laugh, Antigua
Fisherman tries his morning luck in the face of Volcan San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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Day 22: Stumbling into disappointment

Here we are at Lago Atitlan, a lake surrounded by looming volcanos. Whilst the view is surely impressive, the villages that accessorize the lakeside are hugely disappointing. Far from the charms of Antigua, Panajachel is so infested by tourists it is almost disgusting. Thanks to retiring gringo’s, the unattractive main street is loaded with travel agencies selling packaged tours around the lake. Continued 繼續看…

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Thoughts From The Road (Antigua > Panajachel)

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”
– Bill Bryson

It’s March and the beginning or our 4th week on the road. I’ve fully recovered from the stomach flu I had since Flores and happy to be eating freely (and fully) again. There are moments when I miss Continued 繼續看…

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Day 21: Having a laugh with the locals in Antigua

Got up for an early walk today and stumbled upon a bunch of old locals just killing time in the main square of Antigua. Every morning they would gather in the same spot just to chat and shoot the breeze, and this morning they welcomed us to join them! Continued 繼續看…

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Day 20: Hiking Pacaya – Guatemala’s active live volcano

Getting up Pacaya turned out not to be the everyday (or weekend) hike. A strenuous 100 minute uphill challenge, through wind, rain, mud (& horse shit), thick fog (or cloud?) and rough jagged volcanic rock, we reached Pacaya’s active cone. Through the cracks in the volcanic surface we could see red hot lava streaming beneath our feet. It was no wonder they started to feel warm and I worried about our shoes melting – the guidebook did say not to wear shoes with thin soles. Continued 繼續看…

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Day 19: So what do you do? I grow marijuana…

Finding our way in Antigua

Arrival in Antigua. Will blog about it tomorrow. Sharing something from yesterday instead:

One of the great things about traveling is meeting people. Real people with interesting professions (ie. not finance). You meet people from all walks of life and it’s fascinating to learn how they sustain or support their travels. There was Eddie from France, a professional rock climber; a Swiss girl living in Honduras who makes necklaces & bracelets; Adrian from Romania, the documentary filmmaker. Then there’s Phil. Continued 繼續看…

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