A Glimpse of Guatemala
Now that we’ve made it to South America, Central America seems like it happened so long ago. I truly enjoyed our time there and looking back at the photos now makes me feel melancholic. I had never been to Central America before. I thought that being so close, the countries south of Mexico would be similar but each country truly has a personality of it’s own.
As soon as we crossed into Guatemala the change was drastic. People were far more outgoing than in Mexico, which I would have thought impossible. People loved yelling “Gringo!” as we passed and laughing uncontrollably… “Great,” I thought. “They think I am a Gringo too.”
Here are some of my favorite picture from Guatemala.
Unfinished buildings are a big trend in Guatemala.
One thing that is a constant in this trip is our creativity to find internet to get work done.
One day it got late as we were riding through the mountains. We found a tiny store and asked the owner if he would let us camp on his property. As we’ve experienced many times over on this trip, they welcomed us into their home and treated us like family. We ate dinner with them, tamales and soup cooked over a fire in their living room. We played with the kids and sang songs, and in the morning they made us a hearty breakfast. I’m always amazed by the people who have so little and yet gladly share what little they have with us.
Finding unique places to sleep happens on a near daily basis, and Guatemala was no exception.
We visited Lake Atitlán, which is the deepest lake in Central America. The lake is surrounded by small towns populated by indigenous Mayans. We took a small boat across the lake to get one of the towns, Santiago Atitlán.
We slept outside a church one night near the El Salvador border. The next morning we met Doña Esperanza, who lived next door, and she invited us inside for breakfast. Her cooking was amazing and we spent a beautiful morning with her and her three daughters.