Day 345: At the waterhole

The main reason we circled back into Guatemala from Mexico was to visit the granddaddy of Maya ruins at Tikal.  It is one of the largest archaeological sites from Mesoamerica and estimated to have been home to up to 100,000 inhabitants.  In the heart of the jungle and surrounded by lush vegetation, George Lucas thought…

Day 334: A ride up top

Although descending Tajumulco only took about half the time of going up, it seemed like our knees and joints took twice the pounding. After a well-deserved, hearty lunch, our group of 25 still had to catch a couple of chicken buses to make our way back to Xela. We rigidly sprinted to the first one…

Day 333: At the Top of Central America

Climbing Tajumulco Volcano, the highest point in Central America, wasn’t originally in our plans but we convinced ourselves it would be a great way to say so long to the region’s volcano ring. At 4,220 meters, it can cause problems for those that are not used to the altitude so we opted for a slower,…

Day 332: Gone Bananas

With more than 1,000 different types found around the world, the banana is one of the most popular fruits consumed across the globe.  It has been a steady snack in our travel diet and not just the traditional yellow “Chiquita” that we’re accustomed to either.  The variety in size, color, and firmness that we’ve seen…

Day 331: Laguna Chicabal

Chicabal Lagoon is a mystical and sacred crater lake hidden in a beautiful and tranquil setting about 25 kilometers from Xela.  The sanctified spot is a popular place for Maya ceremonies and offerings are made throughout the year so respect is demanded from visitors at all times.  After a prolonged delay for our bus driver…