Reflections

It has been a week since returning to the UK, and the trip remains in my thoughts every day.  It was truly a wonderful experience and something I will be revisiting in the future; not just in class with the learning, but I hope to return to Guatemala at some point. A large part of…

Ssshhhh

Yesterday was quite a day: we got up for the early morning daybreak tour of Tikal, trucked further to see Uaxactún, moved a fallen tree, travelled back to the airstrip to fly back to Guatemala City….. So this morning, on our last day, we had a gentle stroll around a couple of museums in Guatemala City…

Uaxactún: a private tour

Diana being the amazing guide she is, offered us a change in the schedule for today.  She elicited our opinions on visiting another site deeper into the rainforest and received a unanimous HELL YEAH!!! In a travelling style that made Jen’s day (more than the Tuktuks I think), we climbed onto the back of a…

Tikal 2…..and …action

So the time came for the most-anticipated part of the trip when I first saw the schedule.  However, that time was 03:30 in the morning, in the rainforest, in complete darkness with no electricity!  Talk about setting the scene for the experience. Thankfully there was coffee waiting in the hotel lobby before we headed out,…

Tikal all the time in the world

We are alive!!!!! Seems that rainforests and wi-fi don’t go together very well. Well, we had a 3:30am wake-up call so we could catch a flight to the Petén region to see the big one – Tikal.  It was a short flight, and we saw the volcanos near Guatemala city at the start and Flores just…

Better chocolate than never

This afternoon we visited a chocolatiers to discover the method by which the Maya used to make their famous chocolate drink.  Here is the process we followed: Our guide could have been a stand-up comedian, he was a terrific entertainer and educator.  He showed us the cocoa beans at every stage, and although the fermentation…

It belongs in a museum

Just before lunch we headed to the museum Casa Santo Domingo, an impressive building comprising of an old church and convent.  It is a fusion of old and new in its architecture and collections. We went into the archaeological rooms where Diane talked us through countless artifacts, mostly from 200-900AD. I have added comments onto…

No Clear Theme

A few photos of things that don’t really fit into any individual posts. If they did, I’d have to entitle it: VolcanoSkyMojitoFoodColoursAntiguaGoodtimes

Jade Today, Jaded Tomorrow

Just a quick post tonight, we have to be up at 03:30 to fly to the jungle to the amazing Tihkal.  Although there is more to share, I only have time tonight to show you our visit to the Jade museum in Antigua. It was founded by Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband, pioneers of…

Chichicástenango we love you

I have seen those huge foreign markets on documentaries that are busy, buzzing, noisy, colourful and electrifying and have always wanted to visit one.  Well today, my dream came true. Chichicástenango is a full on smack to the senses as smells, sights, sounds fly towards you from every angle without respite.  We walked around for about three…

Volcanoes and Fusion Food

We saw the volcanoes in Santiago Atitlan when we woke up, and in Antigua at the end of the day.  Spectacular, immense and jaw-dropping. In between this there was a rather fun boat trip.  It started off calm, but the wind got up and it got a little choppy, with the spray entering the boat.  To…