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Cindie's Travel Journal for Guatemala #2
Northeast Towards the Caribbean
Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
(Dec. 27, 2002 - Jan. 6, 2003)

 
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Dec. 16 Antigua.  After last nights ordeal with the hotel lady we decided to change hotels.   We went to Hotel Refusio, it cost Q50 ($7.00).  We had our own private bathroom and a semi-hot shower.  Some how I stained my back today bringing luggage up to the room.  Ouch!

Our task today was to find a bike shop in Antigua.  Sounds easy but it wasn't.  I saw a bike shop while I was searching for a hotel room so we started there.  It was not much of a bike shop, I could see that this was not going to be easy.  We talked with the shop guy and he said he could get a rim from the Capital and then fix it there.  We decided to think about it.  We then went in search of another bike shop, we asked directions and each person sent us another way.  We spent 2 hours walking the streets of Antigua and never did find another bike shop.  Defeated we went to dinner and then back to the hotel for the night.

 
Dec 17 We went back to the first bike shop with the wheel.  The kid at the shop tried to true the wheel and pulled a spoke through.  The truing stand was an old Japanese model, with no way to dish the wheel properly. Tim decided that we better go into the Capital and get our wheel.  I guess tomorrow morning we head to the city.   We spent the afternoon taking care of business on the internet, before we knew it, it was late afternoon.  To late to walk around and see the sites of Antigua.  We went to dinner and soon after Tim said he was not feeling well.  At about 9:30 PM Tim had a fever and was achy all over.  At about 3:00 am Tim got up and went to the bathroom.  Sick as a dog.  
Dec 18 Despite the fact that Tim was not feeling well we decided to go to Guatemala City to get a new rim.  We took a shuttle van into the city with Gran Jaguar Tours.   As we were leaving town we stopped at Maya Tours, who leads bike tours, to see if they had a rim we could use.  No luck.  On into Guatemala City we went.   First we went up a windy road and then down the other side into the city.  The traffic steadily picked up and the air quality got worse as we went.  We had a bike shop picked out but when we arrived it was vacant.  The driver was kind enough to take us to another bike shop down the road.  The bike shop, Bicimania, was modern like any in the US and had a lot of high end equipment.  Tim did not particularly like the rim they had so they sent us to another bike shop, walking distance away.  Bike Center turned out to have a better rim so we bought a Mavic  F519, double walled rim with islets.   They could not build the wheel that day so we returned to Bicimania.  They said they could finish the wheel by 4:30 PM.  We happen to be across the street from a mall so off to the mall we went to wait until our wheel was ready.  It was culture shock, it looked like an upscale mall that you would find in Scottsdale, Arizona. Christmas tree and all.  We were hoping to watch a movie, but the cinema did not open until the evening.  We met some local kids on their lunch break, they worked at a shop called American Classic.  We shared some cookies we were eating and they invited us to their store.  When we were at the store they gave us a couple of promotional T-shirts.  Not a bad trade, a cookie for a T-shirt.

The rim cost $US 40 and the spokes and labor to build the wheel was $US 25.   We were getting antsy so we went to the bike shop at 3:00 PM, they still had not started on  the wheel, 4:30 came and went, at 5:45pm, the wheel was ready.  Yikes, it was almost dark outside.  We were warned by our guide books not to go out at night in Guatemala City.  We had no choice. We got a taxi to the bus station, a seedy looking place that is a combination of a market and bus terminal.   As soon as we got out of the cab, Tim noticed some young men across the street who were checking us out and began moving towards us.  We were concerned that they might be a gang of pickpockets.  Luckily, we got out of the cab and straight onto a bus heading for Antigua.    At first we were comfortable and had enough room to sit in the seat.  As we meandered through the city the bus filled up, in my opinion, beyond capacity.  We were smashed in the seats like sardines all the way to Antigua.   We arrived in Antigua at around 7:30pm in the evening. Relieved to be safe and sound we headed back to our hotel.  Again in the middle of the night Tim was up and sick again.

 
Dec 19 We woke up to a beautiful sunny day with a temperature of about 70 F.   We decided to do some sight seeing around Antigua.  Our first stop was the Cathedral de Santiago.  This church was build in 1543 and destroyed by an earthquake in 1773.   Huge blocks of pillars are laying on the ground. They are currently working to restore parts of this beautiful cathedral.  We then walked to Casa Popenoe.  It was closed and then I read in my guide book that it is only open between 2 and 4 in the afternoon.  We then headed for Los Capuchinas.  We saw that if we had our student cards they would let us in for half price.  Being the cheap skates we are, we decided to come back later with our student cards.  Besides, Tim was not feeling well still.   Even the Pepto Bismol was not working.  We reviewed his symptoms in our health guide book, (it has come in very handy) then decided it was time for the Citpro.  Within 12 hours of taking Citpro, Tim began to feel better.

Antigua is a beautiful city, and has a lot to do if you have money that is.  The town must have 20 or so restaurants that cater to people with an international flare for cuisine.  But if your on a budget like us, those restaurants will soon drain all your resources.   If you have the extra money to spend on lodging and food, Antigua is a great bargain.   If not, in my opinion, a few days here would be sufficient to take in the atmosphere.  There are over 50 Spanish schools here but I do not see many students studying, at least I do not think they are students.  The schools are tucked away in every corner of the city.  It is a cheap place to take classes, but I would find it difficult to practice Spanish here because there are so many tourists to speak English to.   The locals seem to speak quite a bit of English as well.  Quetzaltenango or Xela to me was much more appealing for learning Spanish.

 
Dec 20 We toured Casa Popenoe today.  It is a lovely restored Spanish home, it reminded me of the architecture that is so common in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It is amazing the influence the Spanish had on all the Americas. 

I went to the Rainbow Reading Room Cafe and Bookstore and traded Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain for a book by a Carmalite Priest who lived with the Inca Indians in Peru for 15 years, it is called A Beggar in Paradise.  I spent the rest of the day reading this book.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in how the Incas live now and how their ancient religion is intertwined with Catholicism.

 
Dec 21 Volcano Fuego can be seen from the balcony of our hotel.  I have been watching it since last week but there has been no activity.  Then this evening I saw lava flowing down the side, awesome, I grabbed my binoculars and watched tiny explosions throw molten rock into the air.  Exciting.  We watched the action for better part of an hour.  
Dec 22 Another day of hanging out and reading.  We plan on going to Volcano Pacaya tomorrow.  I went and toured Las Capuchinas.  Las Capuchinas is a convent established by Nuns from Madrid.  The nuns had 18 rooms off of a circular court yard.  They did not have any contact with the outside world.  
Dec 23 The cost to hike up Volcano Pacaya is Q50 ($7.00) each and Q25 ($3.50) for entrance into the Park.  We went with the tour group Gran Jaguar, the same group who shuttled us into Guatemala City.  We met at 6:00 am and drove out to the volcano, it is a 1.5 hour drive.  We had a guide, actually two and were told to stay together. In the past this volcano was notorious for robberies but with the security and police patrol this does not happen any longer.  The climb to the top takes 2 hours and the first hour is relatively easy going through the forest.  The guides stopped often to let us catch our breath.  Then we emerged from the forest onto recently deposited volcanic ridges.  It was then that we got a good look at the top of the smoking volcano and more importantly the steep climb to the top.  We started our climb up the talus slope with two steps forward and one slide back.  The top seemed to be farther away each time I looked up to see how close I was getting.  At last we all reached the top and made our way towards the smoking crater.  As we approached the edge of the smoking crater I could see gases rising up from it's throat and the air temperature increased.  I knew that the cloud was toxic gas so I steered clear of it.  Other people were not so lucky, when the cloud past over them they all started coughing.  I made my way to the edge and looked down into the throat of the volcano.  Looking into the smoking crater Mpeg Movie Awesome.   Gases were billowing out constantly.  We had lunch at the top but then the wind direction changed we all left the summit for cleaner air.  We did not return down the same path we came up.  We went straight down the slope.  The cinders were deep enough to slide on down.  Tim actually skied down the slope for a while.   We all stopped at the bottom to empty the rocks out of our shoes.  The ride back to Antigua was quick, however, it made Tim sick.

While on the hike, we met Joe (female) and Steve from England.  They are traveling the world for the next year.  The started out their trip on September 16, 2002 , which happens to be independence day in Mexico and yes they flew into Mexico City and had a hotel room near the Zocalo where the festivities occur.  They were dropped off a few blocks from the Zocalo because it was blocked by the police and they had to make their way through the crowd of possibly 10,000 people to their hotel room.  I would say that they started their trip out with a huge celebration.

We went out for a few drinks with Jo and Steve to an Irish bar.  It happen to be the bars one year anniversary so it was happy hour prices all night.  The place was packed.  They had a raffle and Tim and I won Gallo (beer) T-shirts.  It was great fun.

 
Dec 24 The streets were filled with shoppers today.  I did a little shopping myself.  We also did some errands as well.  We met Jo and Steve at the La Merced Church for the Dance of the Big Heads.  No kidding.  I asked around to see what this dance was all about, I do not think that I got the whole story. But what I do know is that the dance has been preformed for centuries, at least since the Spanish arrived here.  The king and queen of Spain are represented along with, a daughter, a devil, an elephant, a snake, white heads and a black head which represent the general population.  They all danced to marimba music as they made their way from La Merced to the Cathedral on the Plaza.

Christmas eve is the night of fireworks.  Incredible fireworks.  We went to La Merced and watched the fireworks.  Unfortunately, a hot firework ash found its way to my fleece jacket and burned a hole through the sleeve before I could get it off.  Bummed about my coat we headed home. 

At midnight every church around us was setting off fireworks. It was like a war zone.   The racket went on for 20 minutes.  I went to sleep thinking that bombs were bursting around me.

I wonder how family and friends at home are doing this holiday season?

 
Dec. 25 Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas.  Everything is closed for the most part.  Everyone looks like they stayed up to late.  I can not see anyone sleeping through all the racket of last night.  We were going to go for a Christmas Day ride.  We waited until it warmed up and then realized that the fireworks wars were still going on.  Not wanting to get caught in the middle of all the fun and games we decided to take a long walk around Antigua instead.

We settled on a dinner and a movie for our Christmas Dinner.  We saw Spider Man.  We have been trying to decide how to leave Antigua.  We are not going to ride through Guatemala City.   We looked into a shuttle through the city and they only option is to get on the bus to Rio Dulce and get off somewhere in the middle of no where.  We are tentatively thinking of taking the bus all the way to Rio Dulce.  We also are sending yet another package home.  We will not need our warm cloths once we leave Antigua so we are sending home our fleece jackets, extra long sleeve shirt, goretex socks, riding tights, maps we no longer need, Gallo T-shirts we won, T-shirt that was given to us, headlamp we never use,

 
Dec 26 Our task today is to find the cheapest way to ship our stuff home.   First we went to DHL, they only had express service (2 days), our box weighed 8 kilograms or about 17 pounds.  The cost was US$162 wow a little to much.  Then we went to international courier, they weighed our box and said it was 6.5 kilos or about 14 pounds.  They said it would cost US$112, still cheaper but not cheap enough.   We finally went to UPS, it weighted 6.5 kilo and cost US$69 to ship.  So we went with UPS.  I wanted to go back to tell DHL their scale was wrong, but we really did not have the time.  We spent the rest of the day running errands and getting ready to leave at 7:30 am.  
Dec 27 We got a ride into Guatemala City with Gran Jaguar and boarded a bus there.  We left at about 9 am.  The roads were extremely crowded with traffic and the road was narrow, so I was glad not to be riding.  We descended from 1500 meters in Guatemala city to practically sea level in Rio Dulce.  For some reason we seem to take buses down hill as opposed to the easier way of taking them up hill.   After a while I wished we could get off the bus, it was getting uncomfortable.   We stopped for lunch and noticed that there was a pretty stiff head wind.  OK we were glad to be on the bus again.  As we got closer to Rio Dulce it started to rain, light at first and then very hard.  It was raining when we got off the bus in Rio Dulce.  Rio Dulce is a cross roads town, everyone going to Tikal must go through it and boaters dock here because we are at the end of Lake Izabal.  We found a room and packed our bags to go to Tikal in the morning.  We are leaving our bikes and most of our gear here in a hotel room.  We are traveling light for once.  We plan to stay in the dorm at Tikal to spend one whole day there and part of the next.  
Dec 28 Just because you buy a bus ticket does not mean that you will get a seat in a bus.  Since we started this trip 9 months ago we have taken 2 bus trips.   This is our third and hopefully we will not be doing this again for a while.   I now understand what most travelers go through to get to certain places.   Tikal is not an easy place to get to.

We paid Q50 ($6.70) per person for the bus to Tikal.  We hoped to catch the 9:00 am bus.  It came and went, it was full.   The 10:00 am bus never showed and the 11:00 am bus only took three people. By now we had twelve people waiting for the bus and it was raining hard.  Another bus came and the ticket guy waved us onto that bus.  As I am getting on the bus another guy from the bus said that I had to change my ticket and pay for a new ticket on the bus because this was a different bus company.  So I go back to change my ticket, of course there was no time.  So he just took my tickets and did not give me change.   I ran back to the bus and boarded anyway.  When they came to collect the tickets I told him that the ticket guy had my tickets.  It turns out that they gave the money for 8 people to get on the bus to the other conductor.  The conductor who was clueless was sending me back and forth to the ticket window.  Of course, because of all the running around, Tim and I were the last on the bus and could not sit together.

Outside of Flores, near the airport, we had to change to a minivan.  We were too late to catch another minivan to Tikal.  I was bummed.   Now there were 10 tourists all trying to get to Flores and find a hotel room.  People took off in all directions.  We stayed with the van and went from hotel to hotel looking for a room.   They place was pretty booked up.  We found a room with a private bath and hot water at Casa de la Laconia? for Q80 per night. We cooked our dinner on the hotel balcony.  I got the distinct feeling that everyone was trying to get away from each other.  This explains why people are not so friendly some times.

We met Melanie from San Francisco out on the balcony of the hotel.

 
Dec 29 Tikal.  We got up at 4:00 am to catch the 5:00 am bus, we wanted to get to Tikal for sunrise at 6:15 am.  We were in luck, the sky was clear and stars were out. It did not look like it was going to rain today.  A minivan finally picked us up at about 5:20 am. Then they took us to a bus station, hey I paid for a minivan.  Then we got on the bus and waited until it filled up with tourists.  We waited until 5:40 am until we left.  It was obvious by now that we were not going to make sunrise at the ruins.  Then the bus starts moving and that is when we realize that it is a hunk of junk.  An old German bus from the 60s or 70s.  We could barely make it up the hills.  I felt like I could race up the hill with my bike and beat this beast.   To slow things down even more we were picking up people along the way.  Then we had to stop and all pay for tickets at the entrance.  I tried to use my student card but it did not work.  Foreigners pay Q50 ($6.70) and nationals pay Q15 ($2.00), Sundays are free for nationals only.  At least they get a break.  I do not mind paying more but over three times more is a bit much.

As soon as we got off the bus Tim and I went for the park.  We were just trying to get some peace and quiet.  It was a 15 minute walk through the jungle to the Grand Plaza.  We walked through an area that has not been restored yet and then we were behind Temple 1.  It just rose dramatically up out of the forest.  We walked into the grand plaza, we were surround by restored Mayan temples.  Temple 1 is the highest and steepest.  No one is allowed on the Temple anymore.  In the past a few people have tumbled to their death on the steep stairs.   I have no desire to climb up there.  Temple 2 faces Temple 1 and has a great view of the area as well.  We meandered around the north acropolis and then set out to Temple 4.  The jungle was alive with birds and animals.  Wild turkeys, more like very tame, were strutting around showing off their beautiful colors.

We met Melanie at the top of Temple 4 and we decided to tour the ruins together.   We first went to the Lost World and climbed the pyramid close by.  The sky was clearing and the jungle was a beautiful green, the air was thick with oxygen.   Standing on the pyramid, we could see three of the temples faced to the east and one faced west.  I wonder what the significance of this is?  Getting back down the pyramid seemed to be more of a chore then going up.  The stairs were large and steep.

We then went to the Plaza of the Seven Temples.  The temples here in Tikal are huge, they also are melting away in this environment.  The temples are only visible where the trees have rooted themselves into the buildings.  Elsewhere the building is gone, physically dismantled by rain.  We then took a side trail over to the Temple of Inscriptions and came across a group of howler monkeys.  They sound so much louder than they are.   They were perched up in the top canopy of the jungle, a difficult place to get a good view of them.  We were all a bit tired so we decided to stop at the restaurant for coffee.  Just as we sat down the sky opened up and poured rain.  The sun was out yet it rained hard, I thought that only happen in the deserts of Arizona, guess not.

After the rain we tried to tour the rest of the ruins, but it had since turned into a mud bog.  We decided not to climb on anymore pyramids, they looked more like slippery slides then ruins.

We caught another bus back to Flores.  The driver was one of these macho idiots who likes to try and scare his passengers.  He was swerving all over the road.   I am beginning to think that riding a bike is safer than riding in these buses.

 
Dec 30 We caught the bus back to Rio Dulce, immediately the conductor of the bus tried to double charge us.  He wanted us to pay Q100 ($13.40) per person, that is outrageous.  I told him Q50 ($6.70) no more, he accepted the Q100 for both of us and moved on.  The bus is getting old.  On the way back we picked up anyone who had their hand up to stop the bus.  We even detoured our way to a little town to find people to pick up.  We were very happy to get off the bus and get back to our other hotel room.  We repacked to catch the boat to Livingston tomorrow.  At dinner we saw Jin, the Japanese cyclist we met in Quetzaltenango.  He was suppose to be in Honduras but he circled back to go up to Tikal.  
Dec 31 New Years eve.  We were at the boat dock at 9:00 am.  When we asked the cost for our bicycles they wanted us to pay and extra Q75 ($10.00) for each bike.   We said no and went to Brunos to see if we could find someone else to take us to Livingston.  We just have too much gear to jump on a sail boat so back to the public launch we went.  After a little more negotiations we got the boat ride to Livingston for Q75 per person and Q25($3.35) per bike.  We later learned that the locals pay Q30 ($4.00)

The boat ride to Livingston was worth every penny or Quetzal.  We went through a large lake area and then down through a narrow gorge to Livingston.  The entire trip took 2 hours and we saw all kinds of wildlife along the way.  We also cruised close enough to the shore to get a good look at how people live along the river.  The houses are all on stilts.

We landed at Livingston and immediately got a guide to show us where the hotels are.   We do not normally do this but we liked Marco and the place was filling up fast.   After looking at a few hotels we landed at Hotel New Millennium, a hotel not in the guide book. We got a room with private bath and a nice view from the balcony for Q60($8.00) per night.

The fireworks were everywhere once again, I wonder if all of Central America is into fireworks at this point it seem like it.

Met Marianne from the US and Danilli from Sweden.  They are traveling around for the next couple of weeks. They both speak fluent Spanish.

 
Jan 1 New Years Day.  Some things are open but most are closed.  We wonder through Livingston today.  It seems that a number of people are drunk so we did not venture off to far.  I read a warning in one of the restaurants that said not to go on the hike to the seven alters (falls) because you will get robbed even if you have a guide.  Well so much for that hike.

We have decided to stay here until Sunday then we will take the boat to Puerto Barrios and ride to Omoa, Honduras on Monday.  I really would like to get moving sooner but I think my back needs to rest a little more.

 
Jan 2 Wandered around town today.  We tried for two hours to connect to the internet in vain.  We had lunch at Restaurant Margote.  I had the local specialty Tapado, basically seafood soup made with bananas and coconut milk, delicious.   We tried to do our laundry at the Pila (laundry area) but it was full all day long, maybe tomorrow.  Another lazy day.  I am getting antsy to get moving again.  
Jan 3 Again we tried to get on the internet, still no success.  We did our laundry by hand, hung it up to dry and then it started to rain.  Hope it dries before we leave in the morning.  We sat and watched the activities in Livingston today.   Livingston is an interesting mix of Garifuna, Ladino, and Mayan and they all appear to get along.  
Jan 4 Packed today and took the big boat over to Puerto Barrios.  The trip cost Q10 ($1.30) and it took an hour and 15 minutes dock to dock.  Puerto Barrios is a shipping port with all the amenities of a shipping port such as brothel and bars.   As we walked around looking for a hotel I noticed that there was open  sewers everywhere. Disgusting.  I can only imagine what this place looks like when it floods.  The weather is cloudy and cool.  A big change from the normal sunny, humid and sticky.  We tried to get our email today and still no success.  
Jan. 5 Another Sunday.  We will spend the day shopping for things to carry over the border.  We just do not know what is available in Honduras.  
Jan. 6 We woke up this morning to rain.  It had rained hard all night.   The dirt streets were a quagmire.  We knew once we crossed the border into Honduras we would be on a dirt road for a while.  We decided against leaving today.   Instead packed our bags, a chore that is starting to get old. We do have less things since we sent the package from Antigua.  However, at this point I wish that I kept my goretex socks to keep my feet dry.  I always get apprehensive about crossing a border.  So far the last two border crossing were an adventure.  As I was going through our money I found 900Q ($120).  Yikes, I decided we would go to the bank tomorrow and change it back to US dollars.  
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Tim at La Merced

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Volcano Agua in the background of Parque Central.

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Volcano Pacaya.

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Tim looking into the depths of the volcano.

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Kids just love Santa Claus.

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Parque Central is full of people selling their wares to tourists.

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Temple II, Tikal

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Cindie at the South Acropolis.

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The captain of the boat from Rio Dulce to Livingston, Tim's bike is smothered in luggage.

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Traditional home on the Rio Dulce.

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The view of Livingston from our balcony.

 

 


 

 

INDEX #1: North and Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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- Mexico #3 Photo Page 
- Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon Photo Page

 

(June 1 - July 17, 2002)
The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico
Zacatecas to Guanajuato, Mexico

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Zacatecas and Guanajuato, Mexico

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Hello Guanajuato
Adios Guanajuato

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One Fine Day Down The Road
Learning Spanish at Casa Mexicana in Guanajuato, Mexico
Cindie's Car Crash: a Mexican Experience Guanajuato, Mexico

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- Zacatecas, Mexico
- Central Mexico #1  Zacatecas to Ojuelos, Mexico
- One Fine Day Down The Road  State of Zacatecas, Mexico
- Central Mexico #2 Zacatecas to Guanajuato, Mexico
- Dolores Hidalgo, the Home of the Mexican War of Independence
- Guanajuato and the Mexican War of Independence
- Guanajuato, Mexico #1
- Guanajuato, Mexico #2
- Mineral Museum of the University of Guanajuato

 

(July 18 - Aug 22, 2002)
The State of Michoacan, Mexico
Guanajuato to Toluca, Mexico

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The State of Michoacan, Mexico

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The Great Secret of Michoacan!
Toluca

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Into the Mist State of Michoacan, Mexico

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- Guanajuato to   Penjamillo, Mexico
- Penjamillo to Patzcuaro, Mexico
- Patzcuaro, Mexico
- Patzcuaro to Cuidad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico
- Morelia, Mexico
- Into the Mist Mexican highway 15
- Cuidad Hidalgo, Michoacan, to Toluca, Mexico
- Toluca, Mexico
- The Velodrome in Toluca, Mexico

 

(Aug. 23 - Sept. 17, 2002)
The States of Mexico and Morelos, Mexico
Toluca to Amecameca, Mexico

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The States of Mexico and Morelos

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So Close to Mexico City Yet So Far From Anything

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- Toluca to Chalma, Mexico
- Malinalco, Mexico
- Chalma to Amecameca, Mexico
- Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Amecameca
- September 16 Mexican Independence Day
- Various Extra Pictures

 

(September 18 - 27, 2002)
Mexico City Area
Including the ruins of Teotihuacan

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City Area

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Six Months Down the Road

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Looking Deep Into the Eyes of a Thief Mexico City Metro (subway)
The Velodrome in Mexico City

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- Mexico City
- National Palace and Zocalo
- The Velodrome (bicycle track) in Mexico City
- The Ruins of Teotihuacan #1
- The Ruins of Teotihuacan #2
- Xochimilco
- Mexico City Zoo
- National Museum of Anthropology

 

(Oct.  12 - Nov. 8, 2002)
The States of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico
Villahermosa, Tabasco to Cuauhtemoc Chiapas, Mexico

Cindie's Daily Journals
The States of Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico

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Our Final Weeks in Mexico

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- Museum La Venta and the Olmec Heads Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
- Villahermosa, Tabasco  to Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Palenque #1 Photo Picture Page
- Palenque #2 Photo Picture Page
- Misol-Ha Waterfall Chiapas, Mexico
- Agua Azul Chiapas, Mexico
- Tonina Mayan Ruins Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Mexico's Day of the Dead Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico
- Ocosingo to Cuauhtemoc Chiapas, Mexico

 

(Dec 2 - 15, 2002)
Guatemala #1: The Highlands
Quetzaltenango to Antigua

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Guatemala #1 The Highlands

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Guatemala: Riding Through the Highlands

Guatemala: From Paradise to Despair

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Escuela de Idioma Español Utatlan, Spanish Immersion School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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- La Mesilla to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- The Indigenous Highland Village of San Andreas Xecul
- Climbing the Volcano Santa Maria.
- Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
- Quetzaltenango to Antigua, Guatemala.
- San Pedro la Laguna Lago (Lake) Atitlan, Guatemala
- Lago (Lake) Atitlan Santa Cruz to San Marcos Hike
- More San Pedro Photos Photo Page

 

(Dec. 16, 2002 - Jan. 6, 2003)
Guatemala #2: Northeast Towards the Caribbean
Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

Cindie's Daily Journals
Guatemala #2
: Heading Northeast Towards the Caribbean

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Antigua, Guatemala to the Sea

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- The Colonial City of Antigua, Guatemala. #1
- The Historical City of Antigua, Guatemala. #2
- The Active Volcano Pacaya, Near Antigua
- Antigua to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
- The Mayan Ruins of Tikal, Guatemala
- Livingston, Guatemala

 

(January 7 - 31, 2003)
Honduras
From the Guatemalan Border to the Nicaraguan Border

Cindie's Daily Journals
Honduras

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Honduras: From the Guatemalan Border to the Nicaraguan Border

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- Honduras: The Border to Comayagua, Honduras
- Omoa, Honduras and Fortaleza de San Fernando de Omoa
- Parque Nacional Cero Azul Meambar, Honduras Page #1
- Parque Nacional Cero Azul Meambar, Honduras Page #2
- Comayagua to Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Tegucigalpa, Honduras to the Border with Nicaragua
- Odds and Ends

 

(Feb. 1 - 19, 2003)
Nicaragua
From the Honduras Border to the Costa Rican Border

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Nicaragua

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Nicaragua: Travels Through a Troubled Land

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- Nicaragua: The Honduras border to Esteli, Nicaragua
- Esteli, Nicaragua:  the Stronghold of the Sandinista
- Esteli to Granada, Nicaragua
- Granada, Nicaragua #1
- Granada, Nicaragua #2
- Volcano Masaya - Near Managua, Nicaragua
- Granada, Nicaragua to the Costa Rican Border
- Isla / Island Ometepe, Lake Nicaragua
- Ernie, The Entertainer from Jamaica

 

(Feb. 21 - March 14, 2003)
Costa Rica #1
La Cruz to Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica #1

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Costa Rica #1 (incomplete)

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- Nicaraguan Border to Playa Tamarindo
- Liberia, Guancaste, Costa Rica.
- Playa Tamarindo
to Playa Samara
- Playa Samara to Playa Jaco
- Manuel Antonio National Park #1
- Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica #1
- Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica #2

 

(March 15 - April 10, 2003)
Costa Rica #2
Manual Antonio to Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica #2

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Costa Rica #2 (incomplete)

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- Parque National Manuel Antonio, #2
- City of Santa Elena and Monteverde
- Butterfly Garden, Santa Elena, Monteverde
- Finca Ecological, Monteverde
- Frog Pond (Ranario), Santa Elena
- Santa Elena, Cloud Forest, National Park
- Sky Walk, Suspension Bridge, Canopy Tour
- Sky Trek Zip Line, Canopy Tour
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

 

(April 12 - 17, 2003)
Panama
Panama City, Panama

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Panama

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Panama (Incomplete)

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- Panama City #1
- Panama City #2
- Panama Canal

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