Category Archives: 危地馬拉 Guatemala

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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Day 18: Bat Caving!

Tuk Tuk to the Bat Caves


Today we are just hanging out at El Retiro, enjoying the natural surroundings and peaceful atmosphere (as well as the great food). Swaying gently in hammocks is one of the laziest experiences ever. We could lie in hammocks all day, reading or writing or just listening to the birds sing! Continued 繼續看…

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危地馬拉的啓示

危地馬拉(身處在像泰國的超多 backpackers 的 Lanquin resort)

首次親眼見證到,世界另一端的貧苦狀態。旅遊書說這裡一半以上人口仍生活在赤貧線下;坐巴士來時,沿途見到很多在努力幹活的小朋友,有的背負著很大很重的擔子走上山,有的帶著小弟妹在路邊兜售手工藝品,有的賣雞。在我們入住這 resort complex 餐廳工作的小孩只有16歲。

很心酸嗎?但他們 Continued 繼續看…

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