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Sumec Champey

We arrived at the Zephyr lodge/ hostel at 8 am! This did allow us to get a ride out to the Semuc Champey park in the back of a pickup truck.


Sumac Champey 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The Semuc Champey is a limestone bridge that the water has eroded and formed caves, waterfalls, and swimming pools. We hiked and swam in the caves, jumped into the river on a rope swing and from the bridge, hiked to the Mirador, and swam in the pools. The ride back to the lodge was a bit rougher in the rain.


how-was-it-form by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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Sumac Champey 53 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 61 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 73 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 76 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Sumac Champey 84 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 88 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 95 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 98 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There was a party atmosphere especially during happy hour. It poured rain all night and into the next day on our steep ride up the road from Lanquin to the pavement. There was also dense fog in the mountains. The rain let up near Salama and we decided to take the off road route over the mountains from Rabinal to San Pedro. After a 10 hour day we were so happy to arrive at Julio's house in Antigua.




Sumac Champey 102 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 103 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sumac Champey 105 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Nice pics, catch you on the road (somewhere)
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We are following your trip so lets hope to meet for a !
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Can't leave beautiful Guatemala

We are back in lovely Antigua with the famous Guaterider as our host and local travel guide. Julio may be sorry he convinced us to stay longer in Guatemala, because we may never leave (he didn’t). This is a great walking town. We headed to the library to see the current photo exhibit. Walking down the street of the arch we stopped to buy wine and some delicious chocolates.


La Antigua 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


La Antigua 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


La Antigua 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


La Antigua 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Views of the Volcano

We headed out the next day to see some local sights. The first stop was a ride up the hillside above the city to have breakfast with a view of the three volcanoes. We had the best table on the front of the patio.




La Antigua 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




La Antigua 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




La Antigua 40 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




The grounds of the Santa Domingo are and out door sculpture gallery. They have many Love Parakeets that are trained to sit on your shoulder.




La Antigua 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




La Antigua 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Macadamia anyone?

Next we headed to San Miguel Dueñas to visit the macadamia nut farm. We had a tour in English that explained that the two types of edible nuts come from two trees with either pink or white flowers.



La Antigua 41 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The trees each make six sizes of nuts that are sorted, dried, and the shells are removed.



La Antigua 46 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



La Antigua 42 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




La Antigua 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They can then be salted, are made into butters, oils, or creams. Here you can get a free facial, and some yummy macadamia pancakes.



La Antigua 52 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Dirt

Since we like a circle route we continued down the road with a quick stop at the car wash for a 20 min power wash for 15Q (2$). It was however wasted as we then soon ran out of pavement and continued the rest of the way up into the mountains and around to Parramos in the dirt which was quite deep and dusty at times.




Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 10.25.19 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



La Antigua 55 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

This of course meant a shoeshine!



DSC06401 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Iximche

The next day we ventured back east of the city to San Andrés Itzapa to see the sacrifice to Maximon who is a folk saint venerated in various forms by Maya people in Western Guatemala. Continuing west we went to the Ruins at Iximche where there are also alters for sacrifice still used by the Mayan people.




iximche 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





iximche 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





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iximche 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




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Monterrico Guatemala

Now for the BEACH. We set out from Antigua in the mountains and at a pleasant 24 degrees, but as we drove closer to the coast it was 35 degrees.




Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 8.56.59 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The drive here is nice and with very few of the dreaded tope. You pay a 5Q toll to cross the bridge over the canal in the mangroves to get access to Monterrico, which is a small town on the coast.





monterrico 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



There are quite a few restaurants and small hotels. There is of course lots of seafood.




monterrico 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





monterrico 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





DSC04335 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





monterrico 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





The sand is black and very fine. The ocean is like bathwater it is so warm.





monterrico 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




The coast of Guatemala is straight without bays and there is only open ocean in front of you. This makes for s spectacular sunset.






monterrico 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Turtles

There is a turtle-breading center near our hotel where they hatch the eggs that they rescue from the beach and they breed turtles too.






monterrico 14 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





monterrico 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Each night you can release 1-day-old turtles into the sea.






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monterrico 58 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





monterrico 53 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





monterrico 59 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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bikes on a wooden boat thru the mangrove

The return route to Antigua required a 25 minute “ ferry” trip thru the mangroves to connect us back to the road.





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Exploring around Antigua

We are still in Antigua hanging out with GuateRider and GuateRider Girl.





Julio Hartmann by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 67 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 60 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We cannot stop taking pictures in this colonial town.





Antigua 71 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 81 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 98 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 46 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 47 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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La Reunion

They took us for a ride on Sunday to the La Reunion Golf Course for breakfast and a view of the volcanoes.





Antigua 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 11 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





You can see the old lava stream on Fuego.





Antigua 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Some more fun times

We rode up to San Miguel Duenas to the Macadamia farm again to have their famous pancakes.




Antigua 50 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 54 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 52 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Antigua 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We were luck to be here for a visit from Mario97 from El Salvador.




Antigua 66 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Antigua 77 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



We were walking in town and ran into our friends Frank and Linda from Partner for Surgery.





Antigua 95 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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Volcan Pacaya

Heading out early we went to ride up the Pacaya Volcano, around to Laguna Caldera and Lago Amatitlan, and then to the Park of the Cross above Antigua.





Screen Shot 2013-01-28 at 2.32.15 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Saritas by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Laguna caldera 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Lago Amititlan 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Lago Amititlan Sara Dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Lago Amititlan Dan Julio by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan above Antigua by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan above Antigua at the cross by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





cross by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





Sara at the cross by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
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