I felt very tempted to take the affordable tourist shuttle bus from Antigua in Guatemala to Copan Ruinas in Honduras when I woke up the morning after I had come back from the hike up Acatenango. Sorry to go on about my hike, promise this is the last time I mention it! This would have been a 6-7 hour door to door trip in a mini van, costing me USD 20. But what is the fun in that? I knew I wouldn't save a ton of cash doing this trip on local buses but on the other hand I knew I would have to force myself to practice my Spanish that has taken five steps back since I left Mexico a few months ago. I also knew I would miss out on some fun experiences along the way, not all experiences are fun when it actually happens but after a few days you can laugh about anything. So I pulled up my maps.me app to check what option I had on roads leading to the border and where it would be logical to change buses to avoid going through the massive Guatemala City.
In my previous post you can read about my experience on doing the challenging hike up Acatenango. It's a challenging heavy hike were you carry all your stuff yourself, unless you with a tour operator that offers porters but then you also pay for that porter. I would say that having a porter also takes away a bit of the fun and challenge, I would even call it cheating. You sleep in tents and don't expect any five star meals but after a few hours of hiking any food taste delicious. Here are some more practical facts and tips on doing this overnight hike.
I'm in pain and I probably look like a 90 year old woman in need of a walking stick when I'm going down stairs. I'm nowhere in the shape I were a year ago but I still consider myself as kind of fit compared to the average person. That's why it pains me to say that hiking the Acatenango volcano in Guatemala was by far the toughest hike I ever done and at one point I nearly turned around. But stubbornness and the risk of losing my pride got me to the top. This post will be about my own experience, here is a separate post on some dos & don'ts...
Not sure what it was but i had a constant itch of moving to the next place after I recovered from my food poisoning in Antigua. The problem was that i also had big problems deciding on where to go. I had kind of already made a list of places I wanted to see in Guatemala, the only place that i was really super excited to go to on the list was Semuc Champey which is kind of North. In the end i skipped Chichi and Xela, did three quick but restless days by Lake Atitlan and after that I finally made my way up to Semuc Champey.
Semuc Champey is known for its limestone bridges, caves and pools by the Cobahan river. Had recommendations of going here by a friend from back home and after seeing pictures online i defiantly knew that this was a must go place for me in Guatemala. My Guatemala planing is so far very non existent, so I was in the kind of remote San Marcos La Laguna when deciding that it was time to go to Semuc Champey. Knew it wouldn't be a 10 hour ride as according a certain search engine told me so decided to break it down to a couple of days instead of running in to the risk being stuck along the way somewhere late at night...
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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