Pictures from my trip to San Juan, San Pedro & Antigua
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 3:05 PM Last Post By: eisforempire
Dec 5, 2012 6:28 PM
-Flew out of MI at 6:20 am, landed in GC around 1 pm; Used Adrenelina Tours to go from GC to Antigua, transferred shuttles, then went from Antigua to Panajachel. From there, took boat straight to Uxlabil hotel.
-It was dark by the time I got back to the hotel, and found out that my phone didn't work in Guatemala like Verizon told me it was all set to do. Bummer because I am 24 & was traveling alone, needless to say my parents were freaked out and come to find out my dad called the airlines, the shuttle company and the hotel to try and track me down. Ended up talking to him the next morning and reassured him I was still alive =) Beautiful hotel right on the water.
-Next morning, the staff at the hotel made me panqueques and coffee for breakfast. Then walked into San Juan and scoped out the area - stopped into Restaurante Maya & the waitresses there were very nice. I ended up eating a few meals there throughout my stay. Then walked into San Pedro. Much busier village, did a LOT of walking around and observing. Took a 2 hour Spanish lesson - used to be "13 No^J" but they have recently changed their name to Somlay.
-Second day, ended up doing most of the same thing - more walking around and excited to interact with the locals. Everyone was so kind and patient in trying to understand my broken and limited Spanish and communicating with hand gestures was big. I had my Spanish-English dictionary on hand at all times, but didn't use it often as it was actually easier than expected to carry basic conversations. I took a kayak from the hotel and went around San Pedro and back. In San Juan I found a textiles shop where two lovely women, Dominga and Francesca worked. Bought myself a blanket and some scarfs for friends & coworkers. Did the same at a shop in San Pedro. Ended up going out that night with some staff from the hotel into San Juan and watched part of a basketball game (San Juan vs. San Pablo I believe was the other village's basketball team), and also to a wedding reception. What an opportunity!
-The following day, someone from the hotel canoed me over to San Pedro where I caught a boat to Pana, and then got picked up again by Adrenalina Tours and taken into Antigua. Got there around 11:30 or 12, checked into La Sin Ventura, and hit the city. Managed to get in a LOT of sight seeing - thank you to LP guide. Iglesia de San Francisco, Jades Imperio Maya, Hermano Pedro's Hospital, Cathedral of Santiago/San Jose, Casa Santo Domingo, Parque Central, Las Capuchinas, Sky Cafe, and ended my night at the Monoloco bar (I'm sure I'm forgetting a couple of stops) right next door to the hotel so I didn't have to worry about a far walk after a few beers. And I won't lie, it was nice to catch some of the end of an American Football game - I missed my NFL! ;)
Flew home the next day.... I definitely left a piece of my heart behind in that amazing country.
Dec 5, 2012 11:47 PM
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Dec 6, 2012 5:13 AM
3You can usually make international phone calls from most hotels, it may be $1 minute, but at least just check in with loved ones and next day get the communications up and running, internet cafe, skype, calling cards etc.
Verizon is one the few US carriers that does not work abroad is many countries, but I forget why, its either the band or the phone they provide.
Nice report, and glad you enjoyed it. Great pics.
Dec 6, 2012 7:11 AM
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Dec 7, 2012 3:05 PM
8Good to know on the phone situation, thank you SoloHobo!
I just bought a new phone right before leaving (contract renewal) and the rep at Verizon told me that the phone was capable of both types of cell phone connections/bands and even looked up Guatemala, and I called customer service before leaving and was told again it will work... gahhh. It all worked out though. #4 I like your travel101 theory. Noted.
Glad you all enjoyed the pictures - I took over 500 but figured I wouldn't bore you all and uploaded a random handful.
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