Departamento de Sacatepéquez

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  • Day14

    Ganz gemächlich ins neue Jahr

    January 1, 2020 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Nach einem leckeren Neujahrsfrühstück legte ich mich noch einmal zurück ins kuschlige Bett und telefonierte in die Heimat. So gestaltete sich mein halber Tag. Zum Mittagessen verabredete ich mich mit dem Engländer vom Vortag und legte mich anschließend wieder ins Bett, um noch für eine Weile zu telefonieren. Gegen Abend kam eine Deutsche im Hostel an, die ich während der Wanderung auf den Acatenango kennenlernte. Wir entschlossen uns die nächsten Tage zusammen zu reisen. Zum Abendessen trafen wir uns mit einer Niederländerin, der ich am Vortag einige Klamotten lieh, damit sie die Nacht auf dem Acatenango gut übersteht. Wir ließen uns frische Tortillas schmecken und gingen nach einem Eis zum Nachtisch schlafen.Read more

  • Day310

    Weihnachten in Antigua

    December 24, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Antigua. Unsere erste Stadt in Guatamala. Und auch noch zu Weihnachten. Wir gönnten uns eine schöne Unterkunft sowie ein leckeres Weihnachtsessen. So fern waren wir dann geschmacklich doch gar nicht - Steak, Gemüse und Kartoffeln. Und ein Weihnachtsmuffin. Aber bei knapp 30 Grad am Tag kann man sich auch mal ein Eis gönnen.

    Wir waren von Antigua bereits in den ersten Stunden positiv sehr überrascht. Eine wunderschöne antike Stadt mit vielen alten Kirchen und Ruinen sowie mit 3 tollen (aktiven!!!🌋) Vulkanen herum.

    Aber auch zu Weihnachten feiern die Guatamaler richtig und zwar alle zusammen. Gefühlt waren alle Einwohner auf den Straßen unterwegs. Die Kirchen waren voll, kleine Shows wurden geboten und aller 30 Minuten war ein spektakuläres Feuerwerk - wer weiss was die Guatamaler zu Silvester dann bieten. Jeder grüsst jeden und wünscht ein herzliches "Feliz Navidad" und eine Umarmung ist meist auch noch drin. Hier feiert wirklich niemand alleine Weihnachten. Was wirklich eine tolle Erfahrung war.

    Wir wünschen natürlich allen noch Frohe Weihnachten *Feliz Navidad* 🎄🎉🎅
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  • Day12


    March 5, 2020 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Our excursion through Shore Excursion Group met at 7:15 am. Our guide Adolfo and driver Jorge were excellent. Many improvements to the port since 2010, more restaurants and vendors. The road part way to Antigua has been twinned since 2013. There are bananas, sugar cane which is being harvested now so there are many tandem trucks on the road and four active volcanoes, one of which is smoking.

    There are 22 Mayan languages now though there use to be 356.

    Avocados cost 1 Quetzal which is about 25 cents.

    The smoke from burning sugar cane obscured the very of the volcanoes for the first hour of our ride but it seems to be clearing.

    Toured the basilica and smaller church on foot. Lunch at a restaurant housed in the ancient cathedral
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  • Day111

    8.10 Antigua

    December 12, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Antigua is a nice little city near the capital and very frequently visited by tourists. There are also many language schools there.
    The architecture reminds of an old roman city but also include baroque type of buildings.

    The most popular activity though, is hiking the volcanos around the city; which I did of course.
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  • Day13

    Misa de graduación

    October 5, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Before the actual graduation party, the catholic pupils of the German college attend a mass that gives them the chance to express their grace for having mastered this important step in their lives. The priest also uses the opportunity to honor their accomplishment and to give them spiritual orientation for their future. Here are some pictures of Ricardo's graduation mass.Read more

  • Day15

    Finca San Sebastián

    October 7, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    We get to visit the coffee farm owned by Mariano's extended family, close to the city of Antigua. We leave on sunday afternoon, together with Mariano's mum and brother, and stay until lunch on monday.
    The place is just beautiful! It's 25 km^2 of coffee pants, macadamia trees and cows with a close look on the volcanos Agua, Fuego and Acatenango. We explore the area on foot and horse. Being here also gives us the opportunity to spend some time with Mariano's family away from their demanding daily routine.
    As we don't manage to get up early on monday morning, Mariano and I even come back from Antigua one day later (at 4.30 a.m.) to try and see Fuego erupting. There are only some small occasional spits of lava, but already for the sunrise from up at the view point it is definitely worth the effort.
    Again we receive a full service: a security guard accompanies us on the short hike to the view point, back at the farm house we are offered coffee and afterwards a pick-up takes us to the bus stop.
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  • Day16

    Antigua is calling

    October 8, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    After the early start this morning at the finca, we still manage to make a lot of the day. First we visit Hobbitenango, far up on 2400 meters. Even though we go there by shuttle, even the small distances within this “village“ are rather challenging for my battered knee for the steepness of the hill it is on. The view from up here is fantastic!
    In the afternoon we still walk a little through town (if you would like to know what it looks like, check out my post from 02.03.2016), have a nice cup of coffee and shop a little at the central market.
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  • Day22

    More Lake Atitlan - San Juan

    January 5, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We visited two other villages and loved it all. Had lunch in a restaurant lakeside, before taking a tuk tuk around the bend to the last village - San Diego, and after a brief tour boarded the boat back to Panajachel - this time with Mitch driving and having to battle some fairly rough waves.

    And then it was time to endure the long drive back to Antigua. We arrived back around 7pm and in the process of walking to a place I’d found on a blog recommending dinner, we stumbled across a very new ramen restaurant and decided to give it a try. A nice break from the very heavy meals we’ve been having.
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  • Day24

    Jade and the jungle

    January 7, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    A more relaxed morning. Charley wasn’t feeling great so we left her in bed while we had breakfast around the corner at the sister hotel.

    Another beautiful day. After breakfast we walked to the Jade museum where we were booked into a workshop to create a piece of jewellery from jade. It was so much fun - and quite challenging! We each began by choosing a piece of raw jade stone in a color we liked, and then had to use a cutting machine followed by 4 stages of sandpaper to smooth and polish our piece. We all made pendants - Mitch made a pick, Charley her Mayan star sign, Alex a teardrop and me a cylindrical pendant. We were all thrilled with the results - despite emerging with severely shaved nails and cuticles.

    Then lunch on Parque Central before heading back to the hotel to clear out of our rooms.

    One more hour before we got collected for the airport run and we chose to return to the central artisanal market (can never get enough of these!) as Alex hadn’t seen it. A quick visit then back to the hotel to collect backs and head to Guatemala City airport.

    Just a 45 minute flight and we arrived in the dark to Flores - in the middle of a jungle setting.

    It feels like we’ve been dropped onto another planet! Humid, quite with only the sounds of jungle nightlife, we are staying in simple tropical - style villas.
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  • Day11

    Einfach mal ganz entspannte Tage

    December 29, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Die letzten zwei Tage verbrachte ich in Antigua. Ich bummelte ein wenig in der Stadt, verabredete mich zum Essen und auf einen Tee, putzte meine Schuhe und legte einfach nur die Beine hoch.

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