Acatenango: The Third Highest Peak in Central America

We have doubts and we haven’t even stopped for lunch—the halfway point. Our packs are heavy, with 5 liters of water, clothes, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, cooking supplies. The first hour of the hike up Acatenango Volcano was straight up. It isn’t much better now. We stop for lunch at our halfway point andContinue reading “Acatenango: The Third Highest Peak in Central America”

Learn English in Antigua, Guatemala

I am lured in by a chalkboard in front of a wine shop: Every additional glass of wine is five quetzales cheaper than the last. Tabacos y Vinos does not have an English name, sure, but it is a quintessential gringo hangout in a town full of gringo hangouts. I meet a retired archeologist (nowContinue reading “Learn English in Antigua, Guatemala”

San Cris, MX to Antigua, Guatemala

At 7:30 am I stand waiting for my van to Antigua, Guatemala. About ten to 8, my driver gives a honk and I scurry over to the van. He is a jovial man with a big belly tucked in with a bright red shirt. You always want your driver to have a cheerful disposition. HeContinue reading “San Cris, MX to Antigua, Guatemala”