Archive for tag: Guatemala

There comes a time on most backpacking trips when you need to get a little more serious and take in the history of an ancient culture. Tikal is the place to do this for the Mayan cutlure. An ancient city that would have been home to up to 90,000 people during the height of the Mayan civilisation. It’s meant to be one of the largest and most understood civilisations of the Mayan period. You can ...

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After our stay in Lanquin at Zephyr, we had started to acclimatise to the heat that Guatemala was throwing at us. It was time for our next challenge, to head north into the lowlands of Peten, the main draw card being the small island town of Flores and the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal.   Walking the ringroad around Flores   The trip north took 9 hours by shuttle, luckily we had managed to grab hold of the front ...

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Learning Spanish, sounds like a great idea when you’re travelling through 12 countries of which 11 speak Spanish as their first language. Our few words learnt from the odd trip to Spain and a bit of time on Rosetta Stone weren’t going to be enough if we wanted to converse easily with the locals in each of the countries. Why not get the study under way early? We thought enrolling and spending a week in a Spanish ...

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After spending plenty of time in cities in Guatemala, Cel and I were ready for a bit of nature, preferably including warm temps and heat. We left Antigua and headed north in a shuttle, destination: Lanquin and Semuc Champey. The 8 hour journey was relatively painful, stuck in the back of a 12 seater van that was full, charging around windy roads as the temperature outside and inside soared. The last 45 mins took us ...

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Our trip north from Guatemala City went smoothly, a short stop off in Antigua (an old colonial town) before heading along the heavily trafficked highway to Lake Atitlan. The highways themselves are crammed full of trucks, chicken buses (local buses that people take anything on – including chickens) and cars, there don’t seem to be any emission laws in Guatemala all vehicles pump out huge amounts of fumes – meaning it’s a pretty polluted placed ...

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An early start from London, we had a 6:30am pick-up from Vics place. The city had decided to give me a typical send off with grey skies and rain falling, probably a little harsh but I’ll leave it rest. Our flights out were straight forward with a 5 hour stopover on Miami where it was 28 degrees! The final 2hr 40min flight into Guate (what the locals call Guatemala City) while a lot quicker, was ...

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The time has come! As we sit here in Vic’s apartment for our last night in London we’re getting the normal feeling before travel: excitement and uncertainty. Excited about what the next 4 months holds for us, the people we’ll meet, places we’ll go, words we’ll learn and new food we’ll devour. Uncertain about what actually lies ahead, exactly how dangerous is Guatemala city, what will the chicken buses be like, what happens when we ...

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Our trip out to Central and South America is not far off, we’re arriving in Guatemala on the 11th June (18 days away). Neither of us quite know what to expect, dodgy ganglands, tropical rain forests, ancient Mayan ruins or a lively cultural experience – chances are it will be a mix of all of that (although we hope to avoid the drug lords).   Nothing much is planned, arrive in Guatemala and that’s it, we still need to book ...

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