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Adventures in Guatemala

Our second trip to Guatemala, featuring visits to Mixco Viejo, Chicoj, Semuc Champey, Chilasco Falls, Antigua, the Lake Atitlan area including San Juan de Laguna and Santiago de Atitlan, San Francisco el Alto, Zunil, and Xela.

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The bamboo forest
Author
Philip Flood
Monday, June 22 - It is time for the trip home. Umbaldo showed up on time, right at 8. We loaded his Subaru wagon, and headed out of Antigua for Guatemala City. On the way out of town and on the …
Our room at Ram Tzul in the cloud forest
Author
Philip Flood
Sunday, June 21 - This was our last full day in Guatemala. We had our breakfast at the La Lanterna, did our final packing, and got ready to meet Hugo by 8. Hugo had told us that he might not arrive …
To a rutted path
Author
Philip Flood
Saturday, June 20 - We had no plans for today, other than to meet the gentleman from Santiago at his jewelry store up Santander. We got up well before store hours and had our Chapin breakfast at the …
To a nicely graded dirt  road
Author
Philip Flood
Friday, June 19 – We got up early to meet Hugo for the planned 7:15 AM departure for San Francisco el Alto. We had our coffee, and Hugo was there, right on time. He asked us to leave our …
Our road from Mixco varied from a newly paved road
Author
Philip Flood
Thursday, June 18 – Today was a fairly easy day. Hugo called us last night to ask if we knew where some of the co-ops we were scheduled to visit were located. We pulled out our papers and found …
There\'s a model of the site under the palapa
Author
Philip Flood
Wednesday, June 17 - The adventure continues. We got up at 7:30 to be able to have breakfast and meet our new guide at 9. My back pain has gotten no better, and the rain has kept up everyday. We have …
Mixco\'s mountaintop location aided in its defense
Author
Philip Flood
Tuesday, June 16 - After a nice breakfast at the La Laterna, we went to the front desk to inquire about getting a cab to take us to Solola. Tuesday is market day in Solola, and we were looking …
Phil at one of the ballcourts
Author
Philip Flood
Monday, June 15, 2009 - We checked out of the Aurora and our driver, Alfredo, met us right on time for the ride to Pana. He told us yesterday's earthquake was a 5.2 centered at Coban, so it was not …
Sheree on the pyramid.
Author
Philip Flood
Sunday, June 14 - I did not sleep well last night. My right leg was very sore, and I could not get comfortable. My tossing and turning kept Sheree up as well. I woke up at about 5:30 or 6:00 to a …
The brick work reminded us of Comalcalco in Mexico
Author
Philip Flood
Saturday, June 13 – We were more than ready for a nice easy day after yesterday’s events, and we managed to have a fairly easy day today in Antigua. We got going around 8 AM. Our hotel …
Mixco was one of the last Mayan cities to fall
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Philip Flood
Friday, June 12 – This was our last day with Sergio. Sergio is fairly young in appearance. He is married and has a wife named Amanda. He has two daughters, Sophia and Sabrina, ages 10 and 8, …
Most of the site has been reconstructed
Author
Philip Flood
Thursday, June 11 – We didn’t really like Hotel El Recreo. We were not able to figure out how to get the hot water to work, if there is any, so showers amounted to something resembling …
Mixco is a beautiful site and well worth the trip
Author
Philip Flood
Wednesday, June 10 – Sergio, Sheree and I had a talk last night about options for activities this morning. There were three possibilities. We are just outside the Biotopo de Quetzal, where the …
40 miles is close in TX but it took 2 hours to get there
Author
Philip Flood
Tuesday, June 9 - This morning, we are scheduled to meet our driver at 9 AM. We got up at 7:30 and headed downstairs for the continental breakfast. The Biltmore Express had a few tables and chairs …
Mixco Viejo is located 40 miles from Guatemala City
Author
Philip Flood
Monday, June 8 - Welcome to my Guatemala journal. My name is Phil. I am 52, overweight and out of shape. My wife, Sheree, is the same age as me, but keeps herself in much better condition. This is …

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