Well, I have been back two weeks today – how did that happen? My life is such a whirlwind these days that I need to write some notes and share some photos before I forget!
Usually some of us spend the night before the flight in Houston, close to the airport but this time we elected to start from home. So, 5:45 am on a Sunday morning with no traffic wasn’t a bad option. After a ticket blip with one of our group, we made our way to the departure gate to look for the two travelers who we not not previously met – all went well, and our plane took off on time. I love sitting by the window and gazing mindlessly at the clouds – they come in such wonderful shapes and formations! This photo is leaving Houston.
We met two more of our party already at the airport, and were soon on our way to La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City. The Pilot announced that we would be landing to the North, a first for me, and it was exciting to pass by Lake Amatitlan and see Volcan Pacaya from the air.
After landing, meeting up with two more members of our party who had flown in the day before, we went to eat lunch at a small outdoor restaurant at a Mercado close to the airport. “B.C.” (Before Computers) I used to write a travel diary every day I was away, but now I foolishly leave details to memory, which is why I “think” we had Chile Rellenos for lunch – whatever we had, it was wonderful!!
After a quick wander round the market and posing for a quick group photo, we headed to the nearby National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. This is a small museum but very well ordered with some very impressive exhibits. Well worth a visit!
Next was a supermarket stop to pick up a few supplies and our one remaining traveler, and soon we headed for the hills! Once we arrived at Finca Xejuyu (which incidentally is Mayan Kaqchikel for “at the foot of the mountain”) we chose our rooms, cleaned up a bit and met in the dining room for Happy Hour, and dinner.
Darkness falls early at Xejuyu, and after the journey we were happy to retire early, to be ready for an early start in the morning.