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Between The Oceans 2011-2012 (Central America)

Trip: Around the Black Sea 2010

From October 2011 until January 2012 we have been on a 4-month-long adventure: this time with two girls to Central America. The trip Between the Oceans 2011-2012 from Mexico to Honduras, through Guatemala and Belize.

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Guatemala: this river we had to cross

The smell of Guatemala

Guatemala Likes

From the west to the east, from Pacific to Caribbean sea, sometimes for 3 days without asphalt… Guatemala is not only those “places-to-be” from the travel guides but much much more, somewhere between one village and another.

Tikal (Guatemala): Looking on a amazing Maya ruin scenery, Photo: Anna Alboth

Tempting temples of Tikal

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Yes, sometimes it’s worth to get up before the sunrise and have an adventure of a month: the breakfast on the top of 1300 year-old-temple in one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya world.

Antigua - the nicest city in Guatemala, Photo: Thomas Alboth

Crowded Antigua

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Would be strange not to visit Antigua, an old capital of Guatemala. But it’s so full of students of language schools that is already a bit annoying.

Guatemala> Semuc Champey, Near Lanquin

Natural aqua park

Guatemala Likes

That was the first time when changed our mind and didn’t take our own car for a day trip. Was a good decision. Those crazy, bumpy 11 kilometres took a while but at the end… there was again a bit of paradise.

Leaving San Rafael Chilascó, leaving the kids. (Photo: Anna Alboth)

Let’s eat a soup together

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The Mayan family of 14: mama, papa and 12 kids. And only 3 of them are going to school. Why? Because they don’t have money… for school uniforms… We shared a pod of soup and a few dreams.

The highest waterfall in Central America: Chilascó, Guatemala

Waterfall before the sunset

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The Chilasco falls are certainly Guatemalans must-see but we underestimated the way and after hours of running in the mud we managed to see the falls see only from the distance. But was still worth it and better than staying for a night in the jungle!

At the Pacific Ocean in El Paradon (Guatemala)

Holidays from holidays: at the Pacific Ocean

Guatemala Likes

A paradise-like oasis at the Pacific Ocean, near some tiny Guatemalan fishermen village. We would have never found this place without a portal, an alternative way of finding accommodation.

Hanna is dancing in Belize, Photo: Anna Alboth

Hanna has something to say!

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More and more people is asking how is our Hanna: if healthy? if happy? Here you are: if only Hanna would be able to write, she would give you some insights about our trip.

Guatemala: Meeting in a village on the way to Todos Santos; Photo: Thomas Alboth

Todos Santos dificultos

Guatemala Likes

Above the clouds, between the highest volcano and the highest mountain of Guatemala, we found a town, where men wear cool red pants and women clothing in the colours that H&M would have been jealous!

Guatemala: Near Ixtahuacan at the river; Photo: Anna Alboth

A warm welcome in Guatemala

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We have a lot of respect to this country where the amount of armed robberies rules in the sad international competitions. But our first night, between Mam Maya people, was very friendly.

Comitan (Mexico, Panamericana): People sitting on a jeep

Adiós Mexico!

Mexico Likes

Of course not visiting all the places we planned, and of course much later than we planned – we are leaving Mexico. Surprisingly, without any problem on the Guatemalan border!! 

On the market in San-Christobal de las Casas (Mexico, Chiapas); Photo: Thomas Alboth

San Cristobal the Coolest

Mexico Likes

Cool, because situated between hills in a small valley. Cool, because very walkable and likable with all the small cafes (first time we felt Berlin’s atmoshpere). Cool, because of all the Maya’s culture in the city.

Mexico, Chiapas: Market in San-Lorenzo

Chiapas’ diversity

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And each of the villages has its own clothing, language, beliefs and customs. And maybe even 1/3 of the people don’t speak Spanish! And from those jungles came the rebel movement of Zapatista, which is fighting for a democratic change of indigenous rights. Chiapas: an amazing state of Mexico.

Mexico (Chiapas): Anna and Hanna at the Maya Ruins in Palenque; Photo: Thomas Alboth

Juicy green Palenque ruins

Mexico Likes

Already arriving to the camping place, close to the Palenque ruins, gave a very tropical feeling: dipped in the jungle small road to small wooden cabanas, bustling with “King of the jungle” song, wet and hot morning just waiting for exploring the ruins.

Mila and Tom on our evening walk in Merida (Mexixo), Photo: Anna Alboth

Big city, small city and a village

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Going more east, we checked the capital of the peninsula, another town and a small fishermen village. What to say, between chickens, turkeys and dogs – we all had the most of fun.

Mexico: The Maya Temple in Chichen Itza (Yucatan Peninsula)

Chichén boring Itzá

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I’m seriously wondering how did Chichen Itza make it to be between new seven wonders of the world. More tourists and souvenirs than wonders!

Cenote in Coba, Mexico (Yucatan Penisuela)

Cool those cenotes

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So how many degrees do you have in Europe right now? Don’t you also feel like jumping to the blue eye of underwater cenote?

The Maya Temple and the Sea in Tulum, Mexico (Yucatan Penisuela)

Meetings in Tulum, Mexico

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Probably the most touristic Maya ruins around but still: just imagine how happy those Maya must have been to wake up and have such a view in the morning!?

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