Category Archives: Guatemala

Utila (Honduras) to Hopkins (Belize)

Retracing our steps back along the eastern coast of Honduras, through the town of Tela and Central America’s largest bus terminal in San Pedro Sula, we arrived in the small village of Omoa at around 3pm…9 hours after departing Utila. … Continue reading

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From Guatemala to Copan Ruinas, Honduras

Returning to Antigua after a week or so since our first visit wasn’t in our original plan, but it made sense in terms of the logistics of making the journey across Guatemala to the Honduran border in a single day. … Continue reading

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Quetzaltenango (Xela)

After 3 hours on 3 different chicken buses (mental note to avoid them for a while after the recent glut) it was with an exhalation of relief that we arrived in the city of Quetzaltenango.  To avoid the tongue-twister of … Continue reading

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Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango (or “Chichi” to most) is situated in the highlands 30km’s or so north of Lake Atitlan, and is reputed to be Guatemala’s biggest and best handicrafts market.  The handicrafts in question are predominantly traditional woven textiles and wood carvings, produced … Continue reading

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Lake Atitlan

The journey from Antigua to the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan (about 3 hours) gave us our first taste of the Guatemalan Chicken Bus.  Four tastes in fact as we had to change 3 times to … Continue reading

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Antigua

Our overnight, supposedly first-class bus from Flores (you get fractionally bigger seats, and a ‘free’ sandwich that managed to taste kind of like a bad big mac), arrived into Guatemala City at around 5am.  Now Guatemala city has a pretty … Continue reading

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From Palenque (Mexico) to Flores & Tikal, Guatemala

We’d looked in to getting from El Panchan to Flores in Guatemala ourselves, but in the end decided that paying a bit more for a shuttle was preferable to dealing with the timings and logistics of the bus-boat-taxi-bus combination  required to … Continue reading

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