INTO THE GREEN HEART OF GUATEMALA

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A FISHERMAN LAYING HIS NETS ON LAGO DE ATITLAN.

Lago de Atitlan

Of Lago de Atitlan Aldous Huxley once wrote: “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlan is Como with the additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” What can I add to this? Having spent the past ten days parked beside Atitlan I can heartily agree with such sentiment. I must admit, it takes some effort to drag ourselves away. But finally we do. Many come here and never leave, said to be due in part to the mythical lure of the lake. Continue reading “INTO THE GREEN HEART OF GUATEMALA”

GUATEMALA – LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

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Journal entry…

28th July: Quick border crossing today, much more organised and tidy than the Nica/Honduras side. Good roads in general but a lot of up and down steep hills – (developing a nice judder on the brakes). We pass huge shopping malls and well-appointed (this is a good estate agent term) gated communities. Reasonable traverse of a buzzing Guatemala City – many slums cramming the steep hills surrounding it. The driving standard is crap – (whoops! there’s another one almost on our bumper). By 2.30 we reach Antigua (La Antigua Guatemala, to give its correct name) and park in a vast compound where the tourist police have their headquarters – this should be pretty secure. Continue reading “GUATEMALA – LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA”