You never know what you’re going to find in the road in Guatemala.
We headed back out to the main road and for the 2nd time in the day were stopped by an animal in the road.
Big hug, strangler fig style
Susie, Roxy, and I at the top of Temple 4
We spent the afternoon back at La Casa de Don David in El Remate to enjoy the food, the internet, and the beautiful views of birds and of Lake Petén.
We slept in longer than originally planned since workers were threatening a strike that would close the roads to Lake Atitlán; it was a win-win because we needed the extra sleep and the road closures didn’t materialize. After a nice breakfast at Fernando’s – crepes with strawberries, bananas, and house made chocolate and a 4 seasons smoothy for me…
…we walked by La Merced church to the iconic Santa Catarina Arch and did some shopping in the huge, museumesque Nim Pot store.
Alfredo and his wife Jane Hensworth de García (next in our string of excellent tour guides) met us back at Casa Cristina and provided a nice tour of a few of Antigua’s highlights:
The parque central with it’s mermaid fountain
The front façade of the cathedral and the earth quake tumbled interior
The bus yard behind the market to the west of town
The beautiful produce market
Then we were off to Panajachel on Lake Atitlán with a quick stop for tortillas with beans and cheese on the way. We crossed Lake Atitlán in a packed lancha and took tuktuks (golf cart taxis) to our lodgings.
Jennifer and I settled into my beloved Ti Wachooch.
Over the next 3 days we took a cooking class, attended a graduation, watched a back strap loom weaving demonstration and tried it ourselves, visited a Beca Project family and 3 Kamoon Project homes, took a boat across to Santiago Atitlán, and had a nice dinner on the terrace. Next post!