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Chapter 9.  Guatemala: Exploring Exotic Cultures while bicycle touring.


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Old American school bus now a Guatemalan chicken bus.

 

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Suicide shower, electrically heated water system we discovered is common in Guatemala.

 

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A spider and his pray share our campsite.

 

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Free camping on the side of the road under a public bus shelter.

 

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Tim bicycle touring in the Guatemalan highlands.

 

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Indigenous women leading us to their highland village after inviting us into their home.

 

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Cindie being shown how to make colorful handmade indigenous clothing by hand.

 

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Cindie in a cultural exchange with Guatemalan Indians.

 

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Cindie pushing her bike through the corn field away from rural village.

 

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Cindie searching for a hostel with her loaded touring bike in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

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Indigenous woman in her traditional dress.

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Rural villagers hand washing clothes at the community water system well and wash basin.

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Picture of indigenous church with a mixture of Catholic and Mayan religious beliefs.

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Indigenous girl commonly carry babies in homemade blankets on their back.

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Yellow church combines Spanish Catholic traditions and traditional Mayan beliefs.

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Ornate decorations complete with a pregnant Virgin Mary.

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Erupting Volcano in Guatemala.

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Distant mountains.

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Communal farm work in a country village.

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Open air market with indigenous woman keeping warm with an USA flag towel.

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Free market capitalism in Guatemala thrives in the street market.

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Bicycle touring picture in Guatemala.

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Tim loading water on his touring bike collected from a Guatemalan community well.

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Guatemalan highland indigenous family walking down the road with some of the women carrying baskets balanced on their heads.

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Gorilla camping or free camp while bicycle touring.

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Cindie cycling into Largo Lake Atilan.

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Tim loading his tour bike on a ferry or boat taxi.

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The bikes, panniers, and gear on public transportation.

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The cult of San Simon a morphed Catholic saint.

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Scenes of a rural impoverished highland village.

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Historic church in San Pedro de Laguna, Guatemala.

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The Catholic saint Virgin Mary in a traditional Mayan dress.

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Coffee beans growing in the sun.

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Lake Atitlan is ringed with volcanoes and indigenous villages.

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Photo of boats on lake Atitlan, Guatemala.

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Image of Volcano San Pedro, Guatemala, Central America.

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Motorized boat with outboard motor on lake Atitlan, Central America.

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Picture of tourists, Tim and Cindie, in San Pedro De Laguna.

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White wedding in Antigua, Guatemala.

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Indigenous girl selling souvenirs in the plaza.

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Hawkers taking a break from selling their hand made art.

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Santa Claus talks to a woman in traditional Mayan dress.

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Indigenous girls with baskets or bundles of hand made art work on their heads.

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Old convent.

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Hand made pottery.

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Dance of the big heads.

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The smoking and erupting volcano Picaya.

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Tim looking into the shaft or come of a smoking volcano.

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Water transportation.

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Primitive house or shack with impoverished people living in poverty.

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Tim fixing a flat puncture on the street.

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The Mayan ruins of Tikal.

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Temple 1 of the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala, Central America.

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Traditional Caribbean food dish.

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Old man taking a rest in the afternoon.

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Dry fish in the sun, Livingston, Guatemala.

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Bicycle touring in Guatemala and bike tour

Best Pictures from our 1st book The Road That Has No End taken in Arizona, Mexico, and Central America. (see 2nd book here)

Chapter 1.  Before We Left: From Dream to Reality
Chapter 2.  Arizona: Freedom at Last!
Chapter 3.  Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico: A Whole New World
Chapter 4.  Zacatecas, Mexico: Hanging out in a Cantina
Chapter 5.  Guanajuato, Mexico: Learning To Speak Spanish
Chapter 6.  Michoacan, Mexico: What's For Lunch?
Chapter 7.  So close to Mexico City yet so far away
Chapter 8.  Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico
Chapter 9.  Guatemala: Exploring Exotic Cultures
Chapter 10. Honduras: So much Poverty
Chapter 11. Nicaragua: Not What We Expected
Chapter 12. Costa Rica: Life is a Beach PAGE #1
Chapter 12. (continued) Costa Rica PAGE #2
Chapter 13. Panama City, Panama: Not Without My Bike

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