Wednesday, February 3, 2010

San Pedro, Guatemala on Lake Atitlan

Thursday August 12, 2010

Leave tomorrow for Antigua and then flying home Tuesday. I have been on the beautiful Lake Atitlan for the past 7 days and it has been great. Wanted to share some random San Pedro pictures.

Washing clothes and bathing in Lake Atitlan is a daily ritual.

Favorite breakfast in Guatemala. Ham and cheese omelet, salsa, plaintains, fruit and refried beans and incredible Guatemalan coffee.

My $6.50 private room with cable, private bathroom , hot water and unobstructed view of lake.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Volcan San Pedro


Left at 6 am to climb Volcan San Pedro which is ¨9,600 ft high. We climbed STRAIGHT UP for over 3 hrs with only 2 small breaks of 5 minutes each. Did not realize how bad of shape I was in until this climb. The effort was well rewarded with a spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes. We even witnessed Volcan Pacaya near Antigua erupting smoke. Pictures at summit were a little hazy and unfortunately doesn't portray the actual beauty that we all witnessed.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Antigua revisited (Last Post)

Monday August 16, 2010

An incredible 70 days traveling through Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, southern Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador). I enjoyed the people of each country especially El Salvador. All countries were beautiful but Guatemala is truly magnificent and probably the next destination for travel with my family. With beautiful Antigua ( which is enough alone),  Lake Atitlan (one of most beautiful lakes in the world), and Tikal (magnificent Mayan ruins) just to name a few, there is enough to consume as long as you want to stay. It is very inexpensive and as opposed to Costa Rica, the shuttles are inexpensive. Shuttles in Guatemala are between $5-$10 a person depending on where you are going instead of $35-$45 per person in Costa Rica. Guatemala also provides easy access to either southern Mexico, Belize, Honduras or El Salvador. Convinced that Guatemala should be at the top of everyone's travel destinations due to diversity, beauty and inexpensive cost.

View from hostal roof.

Many downtown hotels and restaurants have a courtyard.

Shuttle van that transports people to other destinations as an option to riding the local buses.