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Jaguars, banditos, and earthquakes, oh my!

When our friends heard we were planning to vacation in Guatemala, they advised us to reconsider, citing warnings from the State Department and US Embassy.

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Sunset near Chiminos Lodge
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Jeri Fritz
We arrived home safe and sound, having gained an understanding and appreciation of a people and country about which we knew little. Final Score: Jaguars – 1 (if you count a wooden mask), …
Lake Atitlan at Evening
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Jeri Fritz
Having an interest in archeology, traveling to Tikal, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, was phenomenal. Pictures simply cannot do justice to the scale and scope of the buildings. The amount of human …
Catus orchid
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Jeri Fritz
After a river ride seeing cormorants and storks fly along our boat, we hiked up to Augateca. At 106 degrees and high humidity, the jungle felt just like an Oklahoma summer day. We hiked through a …
Fountain Detail
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Jeri Fritz
We flew to Flores and learned that planes really only need three inflated tires for take offs and landings. As we traveled by boat to the Chiminos Lodge, we saw men fishing and women washing clothes …
Guatemalas nicest chicken bus
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Jeri Fritz
We received an insightful historical account of the city, visited the churches of Antigua, and toured the jade museum. Antigua is a beautiful city filled with interesting shops and restaurants, as …
Polenta grill at Solola market
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Jeri Fritz
Our guide took us to visit a local family whose house had been badly damaged by an earthquake mud slide a few years ago. The family was tremendously warm and inviting, but the harsh realities in the …
Solola market
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Jeri Fritz
After a day of bargaining, we relaxed by borrowing a canoe from the hotel to paddle around the Lake Atitlan. We saw men snorkeling and spear fishing for black bass. While paddling along the …
Maximon presiding over a ceremony
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Jeri Fritz
Our delightful guide, Hugo, took us to the inner Chichicastenango market where the local Mayans were trading fresh produce. He identified the different Mayan groups based upon the patterns in their …
Antigua House
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Jeri Fritz
When we arrived we were met not by car jacking banditos, but by masked medical personnel collecting health data and distributing Swine Flu information. Our first hotel in Antigua was quaint and the …

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