Month: April 2013

Highland to highland

Juan and I usually manage to avoid double-posting about things, but this has been a diverse week with lots to mention. The drive from Quetzaltenango (Xela) to Guatemala City was effortless and pretty, but getting out of Guatemala City was…

Semuc Champey

Since we were in Cobán already, it didn’t make sense to not go to Semuc Champey, only 67 Km away and one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala from what we were told. So we went. We spent one…

Bug Camp

The great thing about traveling the way we are doing it is that we are always open to change plans. Last Thursday, we were on our second day in Quetzaltenango. We loved that city, so we were thinking about staying…

No sweat, Guatemala

Our first few days in Guatemala have been eventful. The border crossing was easy–Milo and the pony required more paperwork than either of us. I might or might not have been shaken down for 20 pesos (less than $2). I…

Toyotatenango

A couple of days ago we crossed from México to Toyotatenango (some people call this place Guatemala)   Every other car on the road is a Toyota truck. The rest are Toyota vans, Toyota Tercels, and the odd non-Toyota here…

Seven months in Mexico

After seven months, I figured we’d be in the process of shipping the van across the Darien Gap into Colombia, but we are several countries short of that. Other than the much-slower-than-anticipated pace, the trip seems to be progressing more…

Pozole days

I love to cook. Living out of a van, though, means that cooking is limited by a few things— 1—what we can buy and store (meat only if we’re going to consume it that day) 2—what we can fit in…

Semana Santa

Semana Santa was a relatively quiet affair for us, since we are now entering our fifth week in San Cristóbal, absorbing as much solitude (and curry) as possible. For such a big deal, there was surprisingly little fanfare. Usually we…