After our trip to Nicaragua, Simon from Germany and I decided to make Guatemala our next destinations. We took the chicken buses across El Salvador for approximately 25 U.S $. Then at the boarder we took another bus to Guatemala City. From Guatemala City, buses goes everywhere in the country. We decided at first to go at Lago de Atitlán to celebrate new year there. This place is very beautiful, three little village live around the lake and are surrounded by three big Volcanoes. This place is also very high in Altitude, 1513 meters.
The lake is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The lake basin supports extensive coffee growth and a variety of farm crops, most notably corn. Other significant agricultural products include onions, beans, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, chile verde, strawberries, avocados and fruit. The lake itself is rich in animal life which provides a significant food source for the largely indigenous population.
We stayed in Santa Cruz, a very nice little town and our hotel had a Jacuzzi on the top. The panorama was amazing from everywhere you looked.
Then We went in Antigua to learn Spanish and to visit the area. Once we arrived there many school teachers were waiting for new students at the bus station. Antigua is known as a destination for people who want to learn Spanish through immersion. There are many Spanish language schools in Antigua and it is one of the most popular and best recognized centers for Spanish language study by students from Europe and North America. Language institutes are one of the primary industries of Antigua, along with tourism.
Lodge is normally included in the Spanish lessons, some places you can live in a Spanish family, so you can learn faster. My first week, I was living in a family, with two kids of 10-14 years old. I stayed only one week because after every diner I was always meeting my friend Simon who was also living in another family, to McDonald because the food was not enough for us.
You can book for a week or a month if you need. The teachers are very friendly and open. If you want you can ask your teacher for a walk in the park while conversing in Spanish as part of your lessons. One day I even took my teacher in the bus to come in Guatemala city with me. I had to go there for my visa extension in Central America. The lessons are always one to one teaching, this is much better to learn at your own pace. It took me 2 weeks to get a good base, as I was already pretty good since Spanish is Very similar to French. The we decided to visit some volcanoes around.
We visited Volcano Pacaya. The volcano was still active so we could see real Lava. We took 5 hours to climb to the top. Once arrive what we saw was incredible, real lava only 1 meter away from us. The ground was really hot. We had the good idea of bringing sausages with us and some beer. We cooked our food on the lava, lt was not long for the sausages to be ready to eat !! At some places you, we could not stay more then a few seconds because it was too hot.
After our trip in Guatemala, we decided to go around the city and practice our Spanish. We met some nice girls here. They are very beautiful and friendly. It helps us really to speak Spanish and we were really good. We also got invited by a family in their house to drink and talk with them. People have been very welcoming with us.
Something we really like in Antigua, was that we could buy many fireworks for very cheap and throw them all around in the parks, they had so many choices, smoke bombs to huge fireworks going very high up in the sky. We had so much fun cruising around the town with the little touk-touk taxis and meeting people.
Then Simon went up to Mexico because he had to go back to Germany, and I decided to go back on my little Island in Honduras.
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