Yes, we're back....... Give me a bit of time to regroup. We had a wonderful time sampling Guatemala and Copan Ruinas in Honduras. We covered quite a bit of territory in 10 days.
Starting with colorful Antigua:
The vibrant colors, cobblestone streets, and people, were particularly photogenic.
Antigua became the base for our travels on this trip, and we were able to spend some time exploring the city.
One of the highlights was the morning we hired a driver and spent the morning exploring the villages around Antigua.
We spent parts of our two days visiting some of the villages that surround Lago Atitlan such as Tzununa, San Pedro La Laguna, wonderful San Juan La Laguna, and the colorful Santiago Atitlan, where older men still wear the traditional "traje".
Our next stop was the island-like town of Flores, on Lake Peten Itza.
Flores is the usual stopping off point for magnificent Tikal and it's towering temples.
After two nights, and a full day we were off to Honduras, and laid-back Copan Ruinas.
We loved Copan Ruinas, and in spite of the grandness of Tikal, we enjoyed the ruins at Copan even more!
The amazing carvings and scupltures made hiring a guide necessary, and we were glad we did. Our guide had over ten years of experience at the ruins, so we were provided with tons of stories and information. There's a reason why famed Archeologist Sylvanus Morley called the Ruins at Copan the "Athens of the New World".
We found the folks to be kind, with hearts as big as all of Central America. We made friends with a generous and warm family in Antigua, and on our last day, they decided to have us experience a bit more of Guatemala, which included this breathtaking view of Lago Amatitlan, and their hometown, Amatitlan.
And yes, I do remember that this is a food blog.....
And just for a bit more drama.......we had to fly in and out of Mexico City......and the spectre of "Gripe Porcina".....
I also realize that I'm still not done with our last trip....so I hope to finish those posts off in the near future as well.
In case you really want to read about Guatemala, please check out Oishii Eats wonderful post.
Thanks for your patience....it's good to be home!