Guatemala City, Coban, Flores, Tikal & Antigua
08.04.2011 - 15.04.2011 30 °C
Well we made it to Tigofest!! Finding the stall selling tickets was an adventure in itself too.. It was not very obvious!
We stayed in zona 10 in Guatemala City which is supposed to be the more cosmopolitan side of the city.. Which it was! The divide between rich and poor is very clear to see in Guatemala City. We arrived in Zona 1 which is not somewhere anyone would like to spend a great deal of time before heading out to zona 10 which could really be any northern american city. Unbelievable how you can drive 10 minutes from one side of a city to another and see such a huge difference.
We got out Tigofest tickets on the first day we were there and the festival was on 9th April. We arrived at 3 and it only took us about 30 minutes to actually get inside. We were very paranoid about being robbed as we assumed we'd be the only gringos there so only took very minimal cash with us.. We ended up running out of money quite early so the hangover started kicking in about 9! We saw Chino y Nacho, Don Omar and some of Shakira's set which is what we were really going for so all in all it was a good day
The next day we stopped off in Coban, breaking up our journey to Flores to see the Tikal ruins. There wasn't too much in Coban and definitely fewer gringos there! We headed up to Flores the next day on a shuttle which was supposed to
take five hours but it took around 7. One thing i've learned about Guatemala... Everyone lies about when buses/taxis will arrive and how long they take! Always best to add at least an extra hour onto how long you've been told...
Flores was beautiful, a really nice but expensive city.. Obviously full of tourists due to it's close proximity to Tikal. We got up at 3:40 AM for our 4:30 AM tour to Tikal (Taxi arrived at five). Tikal was amazing.. The ruins were massive and set in the middle of the jungle so had a good chance to see some wildlife too, and the trees provided some welcome shade!
That evening we go our overnight bus to Antigua, again via Guatemala City.. Apparently Flores/Guatemala City is the only safe overnight route to take so I guess that will be our first and last overnight journey in Guatemala. Antigua is really nice and very similar to Granada in Nicaragua. Colonial, a few tourists here and there.. Lots of markets so lots of chances to bargain I still haven't bought my hammock, I need to get onto that before moving on to Mexico!
Still left to visit here are San Pedro La Laguna tomorrow (Apparently you love this place or you hate it... It's supposed to be good for a party so I think I know how I am going to feel!!), then Quezteltenego, possibly Todos Santos then we are supposed to be crossing the border to Mexico and heading to San Cristobal on 21st April, just before the country shuts for Semana Santa.. Their long easter celebrations.
I have attached a couple of photos below as it has been quite a while since I last uploaded some....