Friday, 30 May 2008

Guatemala


Our first few days in Guatemala were Hot! Hot! Hot! We arrived in Flores late in the day and found a hotel with A.C. (not that easy!). The journey to arrive here included some kid puking non stop in the back seat of the bus. I handed him plastic bag number 3 and he diligently filled it up! I almost forgot to tell the tale of the previous smelly bus in Belize where the smell was so bad, the bus conductor came down after the locals complained of a smell of rotten fish to spray a bleach mixture to neutralize the smell. It was only a few hours later we discovered the source of the foul stench was a beach towel of our own which had been allowed to fester a wee tad too long! - GAG!

The Tikal Mayan ruins in the middle of the jungle were spectacular but the heat was insane. I honestly don't think I've ever sweated as much. I have survived Alice Springs in Oz but this was more intense and the local guide wearing jeans and sweatshirt told us it was not that hot! Buckets of nasty B.O. juice were pouring off me! - If you wanted to get a good photo you had to scale a big pyramid so after about six of these obstacle courses, I was well shhhhtinky!

We took an overnight bus to Antigua (the old capital) which is in a beautiful setting with coloured houses and an intimidating volcano in the background. We rescued a Aussie damsel in distress (Adel) who had her purse lifted and hung out with her for a few days. Her boyfriend arrived a few days later and is a number freak (a.k.a actuary) like my own wee bro (bloody nerds are everywhere!). - Next stop Guatemala City!







15 comments:

Nick May 31, 2008 4:00 am  

How embarrassing when the foul smell turns out to be, er, one's own! Nice of you to rescue the purseless Aussie. And I'm hopeless with too much heat - I think in those temperatures I would have just melted and trickled away!

Quickroute May 31, 2008 9:40 am  

Nick: I don't think I've smelt anything that bad before so yes it was a tad embarrassing!

Xbox: It could come in handy if you really need a seat!

Shaunj May 31, 2008 12:04 pm  

Aye the heat is a killer-head to the western highlands for respite. keep us posted on the guatemalan city leg. Didn't see more than the bus station but it looked like a really interesting big metropolis.

Quickroute May 31, 2008 12:09 pm  

Shaunj: Thankfully Antigua is cooler - As for Guatemala City - it's a bit ruff-ruff!

Giorgio June 02, 2008 8:32 am  

Very nice blog and nice pictures too. Greetings

Quickroute June 02, 2008 12:01 pm  

Giorgio: Thanks for stopping by and please come back for more!

VE June 02, 2008 7:16 pm  

Awesome. I'll be in Belize and Guatemala in less than two weeks! I'm looking forward to it; I could use the hot!

Quickroute June 02, 2008 8:06 pm  

VE: Enjoy and fire any Q's if you have them - p.s. Your blog rocks!

Lakota June 02, 2008 9:23 pm  

damn. i just left you a novella response that blogger ate.
okay, cliff notes:
me jealous
love mayan ruins
spontaneous combustion
drooling
better than sweating.

hmmm... rather lacking without all the filler... ~grin~

Quickroute June 02, 2008 10:12 pm  

Lakota: Blogger seems to be doing a lot of that recently - I get the general gist though!

Megan June 03, 2008 3:26 am  

Sigh. I'm not going anywhere soon. But it will be nice to hang out here and live vicariously. Luckily they have not yet invented "scratch n' sniff" blogs...

Quickroute June 03, 2008 1:59 pm  

Megan: I think the Japanese are working on "scratch n' sniff" blogs so you won't have to wait long!

Nomadic Matt June 03, 2008 4:20 pm  

Make sure you spend a lot of time in Tikal and make sure you spend the night there....being there when the tourists leave is a big indiana jones-esque feeling.

Quickroute June 03, 2008 6:32 pm  

Nomadic Matt: Tikal was amazing and luckily not that crowded - just posted the highlights!

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