Mayan family home stay with a lake view
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Mayan family home stay San Jorge
The driver stopped to put on a tarpaulin on the way and we arrived around 3.30pm. We then checked in with the travel agent and found out that we'd be staying at one of the staff's house. As we had a bit of time before going to his house, we had a wander round the very touristy market stalls down to the lake. We were glad that we weren't staying here as half an hour was long enough of constantly being asked if we'd like a boat here or a souvenier there. At 5pm we caught a chicken bus back up the hill with Jorge to the village he lives in called San Jorge del Laguna. Then we walked to his house and met his wife Ana and two year old daughter Nidia. Nidia took to us straight away and started showing us all her dolls and stuffed toys. We soon settled in to our room which was one of three in a small modest house and were given a quick lesson on their native language Kaqchikel which involved a lot of tongue clicking and high and low emphasis
Mon 2nd Apr.
Got up around 8am and had eggs, beans and tortillas for breakfast. I opted to have a cup of tea whilst Cat had juice (that we'd brought with us). After breakfast we had a walk to the point to see the view, but it was still misty and could only just make out the volcanos. We then had a wander down to the village where we met some more locals including the local laundry women. We gave them a laugh taking photos and then headed back up the hill to catch a bus down to Pana. We had another look around to see if it was any better than yesterday and sat by the lake hoping the mist would clear. Sadly not, so we went to an internet cafe to book a room in Guatemala City and a shuttle for tomorrow
Tues 3rd Apr.
Got up at 7.30am and had a breakfast of spaghetti with small pieces of beef in tomato sauce and sweet bread. Around 9.20am we loaded our bags up and walked with Jorge up to the main road to catch the shuttle to Guatemala. Nearly an hour later the shuttle turned up and we were shoe horned into it for the 3 and a half hour journey. Two hours later we stopped back in Antigua and were told that we had to change buses as this shuttle wasn't going all the way. Talk about no communication. So we were loaded up into another shuttle (this time Cat got the front seat) and arrived into Guatemala around 3.30pm.