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    • Day 126

      Chilling in Flores and some km spinning

      January 11, 2020 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      We left El Remate after a really good Guatemalan coffee the owner of the posada had made for us. As we had tail winds on a relatively flat road, it only took us just over an hour to get to Flores, our next stop. First, we went to a bike shop. It opened at 10am and we arrived 8:45am, so what to do if you don't want to wait? We knocked at the door, a guy opened and sold us the pedals we needed. Then he even mounted them with his pro tools - easy as that in Guatemala!
      Flores is located on an island accessible by a bridge. The island is really small, you can cycle around in about 5 min. It's a tourist place, but absolutely beautiful with many colorful houses! We decided to have an extended second breakfast at the waterfront and go for a swim. We found out that a triathlon took place and were really tempted to stay for a night. However, it was also very tempting to go on. We were still feeling very fresh after 4 easy days on the bike and more importantly, the wind came from the right direction!
      So we went back on the bikes and continued our way to Sayaxche. It was easy rolling with some minor hills, passing green and hilly scenery and some villages with many animals such as pigs, dogs and chicken running around.
      In Sayaxche, you need to cross a river in order to get further South (meaning there is no bridge on one of the main routes in Guatemala!). There's boats for different means of transport: one for passengers, one for cars, one for motorcycles. We went on a small boat for motorcycles. Prices are 2 Quetzales (about 25 € cents) for passengers, 5 Quetzales for motorcycles. Foreign cyclists: free of charge - thanks to the guys on the boat 😁
      In town, it wasn't easy to find an economic hotel as it was Saturday and Sayaxche seems to be a party town for locals, full of dodgy bars. However, in the end we got lucky as one of the hotel owners offered us a cheap room in his new hotel that wasn't completely ready yet. Our room was bright and everything was working, so no complaints here!
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    • Day 32

      From Tikal to Sayaxche

      December 19, 2022 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      As we drive in Guatemala, the roads are really stunning. Hills with lots of ponds here and there and cows, goats, pigs and chickens everywhere. Sometimes you find a bridge over a river, sometimes a barge, sometimes the initial bridge did fall apart and an alternative one was improvised next to it (just the pavement to get there is missing). The Mayan ruins of Tikal were really impressive and a lot bigger than expected. Some of them towering over the jungle canopy. It's a huge complex of temples and palaces build in lines matching the star orientation.Read more

    • Day 7

      Lanquin - Flores

      March 24 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

      Heute haben wir eine weitere 10+ Std Busfahrt hinter uns gebracht um auf die schöne Seeinsel Flores zu gelangen. Alles in allem eine entspannte Fahrt, auf der wir sogar einmal eine Flussfähre nehmen mussten;)Read more

    • Day 105

      8.5 Making my way to Cobán

      December 6, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      I have not been posting anything about it, but here it is now! Since Cancún I am travelling by motorcycle, which I bought there. Also the driving licence by the way.

      The ride so far has been awesome and I like it a lot. Main advantage over travelling by bus, or public transport in general, is that I am super mobile and flexible. I can go wherever I want, whenever I want. With the bus it is also not possible to simply stop in the middle of nowhere and enjoy the scenery. And some rides are just amazingly beautiful. Very nice countryside here in Guatemala.

      On the way to Cobán, I also had to cross a river by “ferry”. That was quite fun, as the “ferry” is rather a swimming platform/“body of metal” with an engine and an propeller attached to it. Boarding happens not through a dock but rather through the ramp of the ferry being lowered onto the river coast (see picture).
      Then, the big trucks have to be carefully positioned, to not tip the ferry over and that might also be necessary in the middle of the crossing; Which basically means that a truck is manoeuvred back and/or forth to tilt the boat back into balance. Saw it happen right there.
      Like in most traffic (jam) situations or waiting lines, you can just drive past all th waiting cars, buggies, trucks if you have a motorcycle. So that’s what I did. Five minutes waiting instead of 60.

      Note: If you zoom in on the map, you can see the river and the ferry.
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    • Day 14

      Die Fähre mit 2 Aussenbordmotoren

      January 6 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      Auf dem anderen Foto sind Arbeiter bei der Ernte von den Früchten der afrikanischen Palmen ( Palmöl )

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