A Side of Guatemala

What do you do when you have extra time in El Salvador?  You rent a mini van with a bunch of your pals and drive the 5 hours to Guatemala.  (Note to all travelers in Central America, however long they say a trip will take, add 3 hours).   You breeze through the boarder crossing, so easy a dog can do it.

Guatemala border crossing.  I got in trouble for taking this photo, but I needed to get a shot of that dog.

Guatemala border crossing. I got in trouble by the authorities for taking this photo, but I needed to get a shot of that dog.

Then you hold your breath while driving across the El Salvador-Guatemala border bridge under repair.

No need to close the bridge, for repairs, just drive on through.

No need to close the bridge during repairs, just drive on through.

You are amazed at how huge and modern Guatemala City is.

Guatemala City

Guatemala City

You rent an over the top house, party with your friends and of course order delicious Chinese food.

Beautiful home we rented just outside Antigua, Guatemala

Beautiful home we rented just outside Antigua, Guatemala

Mike photo bombs Rob and Rose

Mike photo bombs Rob and Rose

Chinese dinner and they delivered!

Chinese dinner and they delivered!   Travel fun with our friends Ken and Julie (Kia Ora), Paul and Janet (Talos IV), Rob and Rose (R&R Kedger) and Mike and Holly (Wanuskewin)

You hang on for dear life as you take the local bus into town.  Minimum speed 70mph

Bus ride into Antigua

The fast and the furious, I mean the bus ride into Antigua

You enjoy a beautiful day exploring the Spanish baroque style 16th-century buildings, churches, cobble-stoned streets and the many ruins throughout Antigua.   Earthquakes have destroyed many structures, but they’ve done a wonderful job preserving the ruins and even incorporating them into functioning businesses.   DSCN2392 DSCN2428DSCN2413 DSCN2410 DSCN2403 DSCN240120140321_104159

 

design created with colored rice

design created with colored rice

 

Central Park

Central Park

If you are Peter, you jump out from a dark corner of the catacombs and scare teenage kids on a field trip.

Catacombs under

Catacombs under Santo Domingo

You renew your wedding vows…

Just kidding

Just kidding

But you do crash a wedding at Santo Domingo, which was an old monastery that they’ve repurposed into a museum and hotel.  The old alter which was destroyed in an earthquake is now used for special events.

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Fellow wedding crashers Mike and Holly

Fellow wedding crashers Mike and Holly

Take a 2 hour coffee break, because Peter and Mike found this woman who was a coffee guru.

Peter and Mike in coffee nirvana

Peter and Mike in coffee nirvana

You take a beautiful drive to Lake Atitlan.  A bit too touristy but stunning countryside and the opportunity to see the colorfully dressed indigenous people.

Guatemalan countryside

Guatemalan countryside

 

Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

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Traditional clothing worn everyday. And yes, the weather was cool enough for sweaters!!

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The men dress in vibrant colors too.

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Locals crossing at low tide

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Indigenous ladies of Guatemala

Indigenous ladies of Guatemala

You marvel at the vibrant and exuberant colors of the cemeteries.   Families think of the afterlife as something to celebrate, so why not make the graveyards a cheerful place.

Graveyard looks like a small city

Graveyard looks like a small city

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DSCN2553And you are so thankful you have the opportunity to explore another fascinating country.

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