Guatemalan Wonders, Part I

I ended my time in Central America with a five-day trip to Guatemala.  I wanted to see a different culture and landscape after spending a month on the steamy north coast of Honduras.  Although they border each other, Guatemala and Honduras are very different, including the people, customs, food, land, history and many other aspects of the culture.  As always, I took lots of photos.  In this post and the next, I will share some of what I noticed and experienced during my brief trip to Guatemala.
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With only five days, I was limited in what I could see in Guatemala.  I grudgingly gave up a trip to the Mayan ruins in the north of the country since it just wasn’t practical in the time I had.  I chose to visit Antigua, Guatemala’s most famous tourist town (the kind I usually avoid), that has beautiful colonial buildings and indigenous culture surrounded by volcanoes.  I then took another long and bumpy bus ride (this time with a group of 15 young Israelis singing pop songs in Hebrew) to Lake Atitlán.  This beautiful lake is also surrounded by volcanoes and several villages, each with unique cultures and histories of their own.  
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The first thing I noticed when arriving in Antigua after my 17-hour journey overland from Honduras was the crisp, cool evening air.  I saw locals walking around in winter coats, but I was happy in my short-sleeved shirt.  I had not experienced dry air in over a month and relished every minute of it.  That night, I slept under a blanket with no air conditioning or fan – paradise!  As lovely as it was, I have to admit I was already missing the children and fellow volunteers back in El Porvenir.
During my five days in Guatemala, I climbed two volcanos, hiked around Antigua and other smaller villages, took a few boat rides on the lake, and visited an organic coffee growing cooperative.  The natural beauty was stunning.  In these photos, I’ll share some of the landscapes I saw, and in the next post I’ll focus on the people and culture.  (Click on an image to see the description.)


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Comments (10):

  1. Lori

    August 16, 2016 at 23:35

    WOW!!! Just stunning, Tim! What an adventure………..

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 18, 2016 at 20:15

      And it’s just beginning.

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      • Lori

        August 19, 2016 at 15:04

        Love living vicariously through you, Tim!!!!!

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  2. Anne

    August 17, 2016 at 07:32

    Awesome pictures Tim as always I love living through you and your adventures!!!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 18, 2016 at 20:17

      I think you and Lori (and cousin Linda) are my most consistent commenters. Hopefully you’ll meet at the party!

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  3. LInda Wight

    August 17, 2016 at 09:36

    UNbelievable what an adventure- the views are wonderful – what an opportunity – thanks for taking us along – I’m with Anne- we live through your adventures!

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 18, 2016 at 20:17

      It’s more fun knowing you’re along for the ride!

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    • Lori

      August 19, 2016 at 15:05

      🙂

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  4. Malana Ashlie

    August 18, 2016 at 14:27

    Fabulous photos Tim. Your descriptions rekindled old memories of two of my favorite places. Looking forward to the next installment. Thanks

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    • Tim Flanagan

      August 18, 2016 at 19:59

      Thanks, Malana. Guatemala is definitely a place I will go back to.

      Reply

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