So the WordPress app has been a little bitch and deleted my draft post just as I was adding the photos 😢 so this probs won’t be as detailed (God that was a long post) as I don’t want to waste time, but I’ll try.
The trip from Belize to Guatemala went surprisingly smoothly, the border crossing was simple enough although it seemed way too basic, the border was literally a few orange traffic cones. We paid the 20 usd Belize exit fee and then we were in Guatemala! The bus was also really nice and even had WiFi.
We got to flores at about 8pm, and luckily bumped straight into some guys who were also staying at our hostel, Los amigos, which is super nice, and they guys to us straight there. The hostel has such good decorations, it’s so bohemian.
The next day we got up bright and early at 4:30am to visit tikal, a mayan archaeological sight in the jungle. It was so cool and the view from the top temple was amazing! The famous Temple of the jaguar was there too, who had almost was a wonder of the world but was beaten by chitchen itza.
Then in the afternoon we wondered around flores Island, which is really beautiful and colourful. As it was good Friday, there was a procession through the town and colourful sawdust art on the streets.
Then the next day we decided to cross the lake to go to the rope swings. It was so hot so the lake was amazing! A man called jorge has a house on the lake bank and set up some diving platforms and rope swings, so much fun but also scary! I also made friends with a little Guatemalan girl who thought Ann and I were sisters 😂 a girl who was about 15 picked us up by boat from flores, and dropped us back after.
Then it was time to head to Kensi’s house. I found Kensi on couchsurfing, although she offers a very different experience to most. She lives in a rural little house in San José, a little village by the lake, and it was incredible. Kensi is an amazing woman, and made us feel at home right away. She has two gorgeous daughters, Naomi and Valeria, 4 and 11 years old. We experienced her lifestyle and helped around the house, watering the garden and playing with the kids.
Kensi cooked a lovely dinner for us, and the other 3 travellers staying there at the time (she can host up to 10!). It was so nice staying somewhere so tranquil and basic, Ann and I had plenty of hammock chats about the meaning of happiness #cheers Kensi’s house is so basic. Electricity is limited, there’s only running water for like an hour a day so we use buckets for everything, from showers to flushing the loo. No wifi, no signal, just a cracking lake view. I could easily stay there a lot longer!
Then we headed to the market to buy some fruit, then Ann and I went to cool off in the lake. It was lush! Although Guatemalans don’t wear bathing suits, only clothes, so we followed suit.
Then we chilled in the hammocks at Kensi’s, played with the kids and then it was time to go! We took a Tuk Tuk to the bus stop, then got a microbus ( designed for 13 passengers but they squeezed in 25) to the bus terminal in santa Elena,to find our night bus to Antigua.