Guatemala, “La Tierra de Eterna Primavera”
Guate was absolutely beautiful!I fell in love with the country, like I knew I would. It was a very long trip due to our short stay but worth every second of it. We left San Salvador very early Saturday morning at 4a.m. We arrived to Antigua at about 10:30a.m. What can I say about Antigua!!It has been one of the cities in Central America that I have always dreamt about visiting. The buildings are vibrant colors, the colonial architecture is beautiful, and the peaceful setting is nice. It is super touristried out…there are white folks walking around everywhere, all the little shops are definitely catered towards them. I even saw a spa!The white lady getting her toes done by a Guatemalan woman. Even when we were waiting in line at the bank this one white woman was allowed in front of us by the security guard. Talk about white privilege….Anyways!Besides all that, Antigua was gorgeous.
We then traveled two hours to Panajachel.This small town is right by el Lago de Atitlán. We drove down this mountain for about 45 minutes until we got to the bottom. The lake was beautiful!It is surrounded by three volcanoes Atitlán, Tolimán, and San Pedro. We took a yacht around the lake while the sun was setting. It had just rained so the clouds were very low and gloomy.One of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life. We spent the night at a hotel in Panajachel. Wasn’t a five star hotel but it had just what I needed…a bed!I was exhausted!I knocked out at 9pm.
Today was another early morning!We woke up at 4am. Left Penajachel towards Quetzaltenango.Talk about COLD. That town was freeezing. We only stopped there for breakfast and to sight see el centro, which also had some old looking buildings. An hour and a half later we arrived at Xocomil!A water amusement park which was really fun :)
And then a 7 hour car ride back to San Salvador.
So glad I was able to make this short trip to Guatemala. Like here in El Salvador, one can see the social inequalities. As we drove in the country side we passed along the small houses made out of aluminum and wood, women carrying baskets of fruits on their head, men taking care of cattle, and bare foot children. As we entered Antigua I started to see the difference…private haciendas, men on fancy looking horses, everything totally bougied out!I did love seeing how valued the indigenous culture is in Guatemala though. Women and men dress in their beautiful colorful attires and on the streets you hear the different type of Mayan dialects being spoken.
La cultura que se conserva en la mente y en el corazon, nunca se olvida.
(That’s me this morning freezing in the car, thank god for the head scarf!)