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Elizabeth Parker
“Today we are off to Ixpanpajul, a private nature reserve about 10 kilometers from here where we plan to walk through the jungle on suspension bridges. We’re hoping to see lots of …
Joe at the fountain in the main plaza
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Jennifer Barile
Early to rise this morning for our big Day of Adventure! We booked a tour to visit Semuc Champey, a national park about two hours away from Coban. Difficult to get to, but well worth it! We arrive …
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Elizabeth Parker
Gerry and I wake up at 5:15am for jungle walk at 5:45. We have coffee with Antonio, another one of the brothers who own the hotel, the sons of the original owners. Unfortunately, we get a late start …
Volcano looming overhead
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Jennifer Barile
Had breakfast at our hotel, and were picked up at 9:00 AM for our shuttle to Coban. We picked up some other travelers along the way, and took a gorgeous 5-hour drive to Coban. We drove through lush …
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Elizabeth Parker
Marshall, Juanita, Gerry and I leave for the airport at 5 am via taxi. We decided to take a taxi because we were told that we needed to be at the airport an hour and a half before our 6:30 flight. …
Wonderful detail in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
Up early and picked up at 7:30 AM at our hotel for out tour to Tikal. Our driver picked us up in a very nice shuttle van complete with air-conditioning. We went to the Flores airport to pick up two …
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Elizabeth Parker
We’re up early again, packed and ready to go, so we linger over our last breakfast at the Hotel Aurora. We’ve been switching tables each morning, today surprising the people who have …
View in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
In the morning we took a long, hot walk to the Castillo de San Felipe (castle), which sits along the Rio Dulce and Lago de Izabal. You can tour the castle for a small price, and it looks like one of …
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Elizabeth Parker
The early morning looked like we were in for rain, but actually it warmed up as soon as the sun broke from the clouds and we had our first real t-shirt only day. After breakfast, Vinicio and Antonio …
Antigua church
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Jennifer Barile
This morning we took a river tour up the Rio Dulce, which was beautiful! Along the way we stopped to bird-watch and look at the mangrove trees. We stopped at a little restaurant on the river that …
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Elizabeth Parker
(The antiques of this title are the members of our group...) This morning, finally, I slept until a decent hour! All the way until 6:20! Gerry was awake and working on the computer as I opened my …
Joe in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
Long day today! We traveled from Antigua to Rio Dulce in a shuttle and then a first class bus. We watched movies (in Spanish/English) and napped along the way. When we arrived in Rio Dulce Town we …
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Elizabeth Parker
This morning we got up early again, though not as early as other mornings, and went out to watch the sun rise. We had breakfast on the upper terrace, outside, just enjoying the volcanoes in the …
la paz
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Elizabeth Conway
La Paz, Bolivia with Nevado Illimani in the background. What remains of Chacaltaya glacier is 35 miles from La Paz. Reminding us of just how delicate our environment is, last week the Miami Herald …
Me with Rina, from Viaventure
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Jennifer Barile
Today we went into Panajachel (Pana) and walked around town exploring the shops. There were a lot of vendors selling textiles and crafts, all beautifully handmade. Next, we took a shuttle (van) …
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Elizabeth Parker
("Panas" means "buddies" in Puerto Rico ... and Pana is the nickname for the town we're staying in - Panajachel) Gerry and I got up at about 5:15 this morning (we are really …
Cobblestone streets in Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
This morning we explored the market here in Santiago de Atitlan and I ate the sweetest watermelon I’ve ever tasted! We visited some of the other towns around the lake (San Pedro and San …
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Elizabeth Parker
We all ended up getting up early despite our tiredness and intention to sleep as late as possible. We’re all on a different time still. Gerry and I were awakened by our neighbor shouting into …
Antigua - Volcano in the background
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Jennifer Barile
Today we did some sightseeing in Antigua – Plaza Central, museums, and then caught our transfer to Lake Atitlan. We arrived at Panajachel, which is the main hub – Where you catch all the …
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Elizabeth Parker
It's 4:30 am on a Saturday morning in Antigua - and we're both awake. (Of course, in Puerto Rico, it is 6:30 am already - which is our normal getting up time.) We try to fight it and go back to sleep …
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avigayil east
feeling not at all prepared for re-entry into the monotony of daily life. At least I have something to daydream about when I start to feel the weight of mediocrity pressing on me.
Hotel Aurora, Antigua
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Jennifer Barile
On our way! Joe and I depart LAX for our overnight flight to Guatemala. Watched some movies, slept, and before we knew it, we were in Guatemala City! It was a bit odd to see the airport staff …
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Elizabeth Parker
This is it! The day we leave for Guatemala is finally here. This is a day I have dreamed about and planned for since the day I went home from my first trip here, two years ago. People look at me …
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avigayil east
We stayed in Miraflores radisson by our own reservations. We took a cab to city center, plaza San Martin, which was nice but after hiking alot museums were hard to swallow. The Miraflores area was …