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SEPTEMBER 2016

We spent most of September in and around the old colonial city of Antigua. We Visited nearby coffee farms, volcanoes, drinking and eating good food and enjoying time away from the tandem. Julie was attending Spanish School for a couple of weeks whilst I was healing my ribs and arm after my mountain bike crash.

We took a side-trip to Lake Atitlan which just happens to be one of my favorite places in the world, and it was still as stunning as I remembered it when I visited it in back in 2008. A fairytale lake set up in the highlands, ringed by volcanoes and small mayan villages dotted around its edge. In the town of Santiago, which is nestled between the volcanos of San Pedro and Tolimán we were introduced to Maximon, depending on who you ask he’s either a Mayan god, the devil, or a catholic saint. You must please him with offerings of rum, Quetzalteca (grain alcohol), and cigarettes, in return you can ask him for things such as; to win the lottery, a new motorbike, or to ‘remove’ an annoying person from this earth.

For me, the highlight of the month, and one of the highlights of the trip so far was climbing Volcan Acatenango.  The Volcano is  one of the three stratovolcano that overlooks Antigua. The reason this is a popular climb is to get a close up view of its angry next door neighbor, Volcan de Fuego, which is constantly erupting. During the night I watched flames and rocks the size of small cars be ejected from the belly of this beast, crashing down the side, streaking the scorched mountain with red lava trails.

The final days of September we spent rolling gently down to the Pacific Ocean to the beach town of Monterrico where we spent 3 days relaxing by the black sands and crashing waves. The heat and humidity were back with vengeance which made for a hard push to our next country, El Salvador.

Total so far: 4682 miles. Guatemala – Escuintla, Santa Rosa, Jutiapa
Current Location: 13.461934, -88.162732

 

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Volcan de Fuego

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Volcan de Fuego at Dusk

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Volcan de Fuego at Night

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Volcan de Fuego at Night

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Major Eruption, Volcan de Fuego

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Tacos

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Sunset over Lake Atitlan

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Coffee

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Maximon

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Lake Atitlan

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The Pacific Ocean

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San Pedro, Lake Atitlan

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The Pacific Ocean

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Antigua 

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Coffee

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