Page 3 of frisian traveler Travel Blog Posts

{delayed blog} The border crossing at San Christobal was pretty straightforward. They didn´t stamp my passport though, so no reminder unfortunately. I got on another chickenbus on the Salvadoran side to Santa Ana where it was a bit of a hassle to get a local bus to take me to metrocentro where there was an ATM. I continued on by bus to Lago de Coatepeque, making it a long day of traveling alltogether. But it was defenitely worthwhile! A beautiful crater lake with chrystal clear water! I checked in at the ... and got a dormroom all to myself for seven Dollars. American Dollar that is. The last currency, the Colón, was replaced by the US Dollar in 2001. The sun had just set when I arrived so the evening I spent having dinner at a ... read more
Los Chorros de Calera
Fountain detail in Juayua
The hostal from the restaurant next door

As I had been in the capital one night previous, I made my way back to the same hotel (Hotel Capri in zona 1) as that was the easiest choice, Plus I loved the rooftop terrace on which the rooms were located too. The room they gave me this time had a window looking out east, and when I put my head on the pillow, I could look right up to the sky through it, which was great because the hotel was right on the landing route for Guatemala airport. Big jets flying really low, and I could look right up to their bellies. When I was having a smoke on the rooftop terrace that late afternoon, the evening guard came up and took out a joint from his inner jacket pocket. He offered me some ... read more
Window with a view
Plaza Central

We all know the monster of Lochness, right? Well, the monster of Atitlan is different. Big, for what it is, but definitely not as huge as the Scottish version. More colourful though! I encountered it during my walk up and down Volcan San Pedro on the Lago de Atitlan. But let’s start at the beginning; I’d left Antigua and had to change buses three times due to the holiday of Semana Santa and it’s less frequent bus service. I first changed in Chimaltenango on a bus to Chichicastenango, the route I had taken before. I knew where to get off, and hop on a bus to Panajchel. Or so I though, because that one stopped in Solola, on the ridge of the volcanic slope leading down to the lake. The last 20minutes into Panajchel were quite ... read more
Looking over San Pedro La Laguna...
Local man posing for a picture
'The Indians nose'

With the ride on the chicken bus from Guatemala city to Chichi still fresh on my mind, I was a little apprehensive of going back most of the same route. I’d made sure I had breakfast (a nice omelette and 2 cups of coffee, of which the second was one too many) and met up with ‘the moles’ again. I nearly had my arm dislocated by the bus guy who wanted to put my backpack on top of the bus, but who had forgotten I was still attached to it, and Sarah was dragged along with her backpack as it got caught up in her clothes. That all happened at the speed of lightning with which these guys always seem to have to work. At first the bus wasn’t too full, but as it made its ... read more
Early morning on Good Friday
Early morning on Good Friday

Via Guatemala city I arrived in Chichicastenango on a Saturday morning, in time for the famous Sunday market. I had traveled together with the two Ozzie ´moles´ from El Péten region the day previous, and then taken a chicken bus (3 hrs) to the market town which lies at 2175 meters! The roads lead through mainly mountainous terrain, making the bus trip a rollercoaster ride of the type that might give you a whiplash. With sweaty palms we held on to the bars on top of the seats in front of us for deer life. Equally sweaty buttocks caused some serious sliding movements, which meant the poor soul at the window was being absolutely squashed. The term chicken bus refers to the fact that livestock used to be transported on these buses alongside people. I have ... read more
Cemetery in Chichicastenango
On the cathedral stairs...
Making tortillas

Opposed to staying on the island of Flores I got off the bus, that had taken me on the mainly asphalt road from the Belizean border, at El Cruce where I shared a minivan with 2 Australian ladies to take us the last few kilometers to the town of El Remate. I was very lucky with my room at the Sunbreeze hotel where I was given the last available room at the back with lake views for just Q80. This lake, Lago Péten Itza is the second largest lake in Guatemala and very rich in wildlife. (such as crocodiles!) After dumping my bag and talking to the friendly owner Umberto I headed to the lake for a swim. Although the water is beautiful, christal clear water, the bodem of the lake is mostly grey clay, so ... read more
Proof I was there
Spider monkey @ Tikal
Lago péten Itza

Central America Caribbean » Belize April 13th 2011

One of the most relaxed border posts I’ve been at, the pier at Punta Gorda (a.k.a. PG) an it’s adjoining customs office stamped all the gringos aboard the lancha from Puerto Barrios through in a matter of minutes. Another day at the office for them, I guess. Some of us changed shirts as we had gotten quite wet on the way. A restaurant just up the road was able to exchange Quetzals for Belizean Dollars at a good rate (Q8 = B$1) and a chicken bus was waiting to take us north. Actually I’m not sure if these old school buses from the USA are the infamous chicken buses. This one wasn’t full anyway and quite comfortable. It took two hours or so to Placencia, or the stop on the main ‘highway’ for the city. I ... read more
Belize bus
Little Ryan helping me with my bag
Hopkins main crossing

From Copan Ruinas in Honduras it is only 10 km to the border of Guatemala. The border crossing was pretty straightforward, and I was able to change my Lempiras for Quetzals at a good rate. A Danish guy who was low on money and planned to cash in Guatemala, borrowed some money to get across the border and onwards by bus. We had to change buses in Esquipula and again in Morales from there it was another hour on a very crowded chicken bus to Rio Dulce.Upon arrival we first had lunch near the bridge. 35 Quetzals for a steak and a beer. The steak was pretty good actually, and Gallo, the most common Guatemalan beer was good too. After a bit of looking around we decided to walk down to the pier and check out ... read more
Livingston waterfront
Livingston main street
Boat taken over by pelicans

The bus I ended up in was one of those old yellow school buses, imported from the USA. It was pretty comfortable though, although the bus was full. The ride was mostly through valleys with some mountains nearby, but nearly all flat out. It gets real dry and dusty everywhere here during winter that's for sure! Four hours after departing the SPS bus station the bus arrived safe and sound. It was only a few minutes along the steep and cobblestoned streets before I had found a place to stay. At HNL 200 ($10) a bargain, three floors with an inner courtyard so it stays nice and cool. I had a room on the ground floor. The rest of the day I didn't do much, apart from walking around the small town and meeting some fellow ... read more
Copan Ruinas
Macaws, at the ruins
The town of Copan ruinas

The bus from La Ceiba that should've been 3 hours took a little over that before it arrived at Central America's largest bus terminal. A quick taxi ride and we were downtown. Hotel Terazza seemed a good choice by the LP and so I checked in. At HNL 250 ($13) the room was small but with a bathroom and a window. I was a little anxious of going out as I had read in the Bay Islands magazine that apparently San Pedro Sula was the worlds 3rd most dangerous city... On the internet however it is not listed as such, although it has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America. I took only a short stroll of a block around the hotel ending up at a Chinese restaurant where I had dinner. The next ... read more
Coca Cola sign, San Pedro Sula
Who is thirsty, come to Jesus and drink

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