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Guatemala

“Too much of a good thing”

This is how    Aldous Huxley described Lake  Atitlan in 1935. Kayaking  in the early mornings – no photos – I have to agree: it was truly delightful. A highlight of all our travels. Majestic mountains surround the clear lake; at that time we were the only ones on the water, isolated, tranquil. Incredible. I … Continue reading »

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Lago de Atitlán

Envy is a strange emotion. I noticed a young Guatemalan woman on our collectivo boat wearing a pretty blue dress with a bicycle print. ‘ I’d like that dress’ I thought, ‘and her diamonds, and yes please to some of her youth’, but barely for 3 seconds. After a strenuous 36 hours climbing and camping … Continue reading »

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A pair of old goats pretending to be mountain goats!!

Manfred ( our stylish Italian) sent me these 3 photos taken on his mobile phone. Time to replace my old camera!!!! Do you like my tatty borrowed coat? Yesterday we set off with an English couple and a stylish Italian, all three half our age, to climb up dormant Acatenango volcano with Juan, our gentle … Continue reading »

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Beautiful Antigua!

Antigua Guatemala is the former capital city of Guatemala, but it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1773, in fact many of the churches are still in ruins. The town is completely cobbled, and except for churches all buildings are low level with huge wooden doors and beautiful internal courtyards. It is the playground … Continue reading »

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Glad we didn’t go to Bali!!

This trip is more like a holiday with bikes. Look at the map, we have hardly come any distance!! We checked out the road west into the mountains. As far as the next village there is a cycle lane (!) but within 2km twelve heavy lorries rumbled by. After the village the road narrows, not … Continue reading »

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When the last 10km feels like 20!

Never listen to a non cyclist describing a route! Technically she was correct: yesterday we did decend from over 500m to sea level, so we set off without looking at the contours expecting an easy ride. But within the first hour we had dropped 300m and climbed 250m twice. For over 100km we rolled along steep … Continue reading »

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Another country, another lake…

We meet so many interesting and unusual people out here. At Tikal we walked for a while with rugged type Indiana Jones, an old school leather case of papers, boots, a leather body harness to support his cameras as he searched for obscure Mayan reservoirs. He visited the tallest Mayan temple, the Mirador temple, a … Continue reading »

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The forest steals the show!

A day off in San Ignacio entails a 7am start (to avoid midday heat) to cycle south of town through the rain forest on a minor road. It was beautiful to see such verdant forest: peaceful, and at that time of the morning, lots of birdsong.  40% of Belize is protected from development – impressive … Continue reading »

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