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    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.

    We made it to Guatemala!

    We made it to Guatemala!

    Last meal in Guatemala.

    Unfinished buildings are a big trend in Guatemala.

    Wild camping?

    Wild camping?

    One thing that is a constant in this trip is our creativity to find internet to get work done.

    Dyar hard at work at the Pedal South offices.

    Dyar hard at work at the Pedal South offices.

    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.

    We were hosted by this family in the mountains of Guatemala.

    We were hosted by this family in the mountains of Guatemala.

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    Riley in his element.

    Riley in his element.

    Finding unique places to sleep happens on a near daily basis, and Guatemala was no exception.

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    We met Ryan in the border going into Guatemala, he rode along for a while.

    We met Ryan in the border going into Guatemala, he rode along for a while.

    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.

    Inside a boat in Lake Atitlán.

    Inside a boat in Lake Atitlán.

    After a while of making jokes with her and her mother, eventually giving them 5 Quetzales as a thank-you for the pics, and overall making a fool of myself, I finally said "you know you like me". She finally laughed and gave me a little glance.

    After a while of making jokes with her and her mother, eventually giving them 5 Quetzales as a thank-you for the pics, and overall making a fool of myself, I said “you know you like me”. She finally laughed and gave me a little glance.

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    We do get pampered sometimes.

    We do get pampered sometimes.

    Nightlife in Antigua, Guatemala.

    Nightlife in Antigua, Guatemala.

    Inside the restaurant in Hobbitenago.

    Inside the restaurant in Hobbitenago.

    Above the clouds over Antigua we found a Lord of the Rings' Shire-themed eco-friendly hostel, Hobbitenango.

    Above the clouds over Antigua we found a Lord of the Rings’ Shire-themed eco-friendly hostel, Hobbitenango.

    Above the clouds.

    Above the clouds.

    Antigua, Guatemala has the biggest Holy Week celebration in the world.

    Antigua, Guatemala has the biggest Holy Week celebration in the world.

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    People get together and make Alfombras, which are carpets made out of sawdust with beautiful intricate designs that relate to Catholicism... then the procession walks over them.

    People get together and make Alfombras, which are carpets made out of sawdust with beautiful intricate designs that relate to Catholicism… then the procession walks over them.

    Procession arriving at the church.

    Procession arriving at the church.

    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.

    Doña Esperanza cooking for us.

    Doña Esperanza cooking for us.

    Dyar and Thomas wondering why the light in this room looks so good.

    Dyar and Thomas wondering why the light in this room looks so good.

    Doña Esperanza.

    Doña Esperanza.

    Vilma Moya.  She is the oldest.

    Vilma Moya. She is the oldest.

    Susy Moya. She loves soccer, big fan of Messi.

    Susy Moya. She loves soccer, big fan of Messi.

    Majo Mayo. She just turned 15.

    Majo Mayo. She just turned 15.

    At the office.

    At the office.

    Last meal in Guatemala

    Last meal in Guatemala

    7 Comments

    1. Ande

      Can’t thank you enough for bringing me on this journey with you! Stay safe and continue to have fun!

    2. Juanita

      El rubio es muy gringo.

    3. Leanne

      Thank you, Ricardo. I love looking through these dreamy pics! These are some of my favorite so far.

    4. Michelle

      So glad we got to see you here in Guatemala!

    5. Alex Castillo

      Thank you for this lovely glimpse at the country where I was born. It is truly a magical place!

    6. Vilma Hernández

      buenisimas fotos

    7. fabiola

      guatamlala is sure a neat pretty place its not just a ordinanry place it has culture and is very neat .

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