Guatemala
Lago de Atitlán

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  • Day202

    Meine erste Chickenbus-Fahrt!

    March 7, 2019 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    Heute schlafen wir aus und ich ruhe mich bis mittags aus, aber mein Bauch lässt mich einfach nicht zur Ruhe kommen. Um 13 Uhr holen wir noch unsere Wäsche aus der Lavanderia ab und packen unsere Backpacks. Mit Paolo und Eugen mache ich mich dann auf den Weg zum Busbahnhof in Antigua - dort nehmen wir einen Chickenbus erstmal nach Chimaltenango (5 Quetzal). Meine erste Chickenbusfahrt und ich finde es super lusitg (wäre da nicht mein oller Bauch) - einen Weg in der Mitte gibt es eigentlcih fast gar nicht (es sind nur wenige Zentimeter), um uns herum nur kleine schwarzhaarige Menschen in ihrer Tracht, es läuft lautstark Reggeaton und beim Aussteigen wird man zum Kofferraum in wenigen Sekunden samt Gepäck rausgeschmissen. So stehen wir also mitten auf der Straße mit all unserem Gepäck und kaum haben wir uns ein bisschen orientiert hält schon wieder der nächste Bus, fragt ob wir an den See wollen und genau so schnell ist unser Gepäck wieder auf dem Dach vom nächsten Chickenbus und wir werden zur Hintertür reingetrieben (25 Quetzales). In jeden Bus kommt ständig ein anderer Verkäufer - der Erdnussmann, der Getränkemann, die Chipsfrau, ... immer wieder gibt es was Neues angeboten und sie laufen einmal von vorne nach hinten durch und springen zum Kofferraum wieder raus. Und immer kauft jemand was, jeder ist ständig am Essen! :) Dieser Bus bringt uns direkt nach San Pablo und von dort nehmen wir ein TukTuk nach San Marcos direkt am Lago Atitlan, wo wir dann endlich gegen 19 Uhr ankommen. Wir stellen nur unsere Backpacks im Zimmer ab und bestellen direkt erstmal Essen - für die Jungs gibt es Burger und Pommes und für mich eine leckere frisch gekochte Möhren-Ingwer-Suppe mit Baguette. Währenddessen läuft Livemusik, ich aktualisiere mal meinen Blog und später im Bett lese ich mal wieder ein bisschen. Hier ein Video zu unserem Tag: https://gopro.com/v/B2yllvwZOllkNRead more

    Fines Reisen

    Der große schöne Hauptplatz Antiguas!

    3/8/19Reply
    Fines Reisen

    Auf dem Weg noch die süße Kleine gesehen - sie spielen stundenlang mit leeren Eistüten und sind glücklich!

    3/8/19Reply
    Fines Reisen

    Die auf Hochglanz polierten lokalen Chickenbusse in allen Farben und Größen!

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  • Day132

    Lake Atitlan

    March 24, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    A two and a half hour bumpy drive from Antigua is Panajachel, one of the main towns that surrounds Lake Atitlan. This lake is actually a giant volanic crater that has since filled with water and is surrounded by other surviving volancos. Around the lake are many towns, many traditional Mayan towns that have been there for hundreds of years. Of course they develop and change, especially to welcome tourists. However they still have a lot of locals who still wear traditional clothing and hold that original lifestyle.
    We arrived in Pana around 4pm and after checking into our hotel went for a walk to the lakes edge to check out the view. Rather misty now but still very impressive. We ended up having a delicious early dinner and booking onto a tour for the following day to go around some of the towns on the lake.

    The following day we were on the water at 8am and enjoying a beautiful clear and still morning. Our first stop was San Marcos. An adorable small town full of yoga, massages, alternative medicine and vegetarian cafes. We loved the vibe. We had a very tasty and healthy breakfast in a secluded garden and enjoyed a wander around. We felt we could have definitely had more time there.

    Our next stop was San Juan, a small steep town full of local artists and handicraft merchants. Safe to say we got a few souvenirs! We loved the vibe here which was friendly and relaxed.

    Next stop was San Pedro, or rather the party town where a lot of backpackers go. Although there was some fun bars and cafes with cracking waterside views there wasn't much else to see in the time we were there, and we found it dramatically more manic in vibe. Maybe with more time we would have found more hidden gems.

    Our next stop was a town called San Atitlan and the biggest on the lake. This also had a steep walk up to the centre which we clambered up. We'd clearly arrived at prime market time and navigated our way through the vibrant street stalls and madness. We heard the sound of drums and appeared out into the main square where there was some sort of performance and lots of families about. It created a pretty fun atmosphere, if a little chaotic. At this point we spotted the church which was recommended to visit. It was incredibly old and had a very close view of the neighbouring volanco so we enjoyed seeing it. By now we stopped for a late lunch and watched the world go by. It was humbling to see people working so hard including a boy who must have been only six years old carrying a huge bunch of firewood up the steep hill and clearly struggling. The desire to help was there, but we also didn't know how that would be perceived as we're foreigners.

    Soon after we left here and jetted across now a rather choppy lake, we were relieved to get back still partly dry!

    We thought about staying longer here as we would have loved to have spent more time in the towns but equally had quite a full plan for the last leg of our trip so booked onto a bus ready for a mammoth journey ahead across the country to a town called Lanquin.

    Beth
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    Heather Cooke

    Great boat trip then, interesting to see a couple of different style towns in a day. I like the sound of traditional clothing etc, weaving looks amazing, why didn't you have a lesson on that? Lol.

    4/5/17Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Lago de Atitlán, Lago de Atitlan, Lac Atitlan