Notes while traveling from Lake Atitlan to Antigua.
Their faces flash by. A quick exchange of a smile, a man wearing a pink cowboy hat, a woman’s tired face working in a tienda.
We zip pass a busy intersection, and head to the highway, through a valley cut out from a mountain. Gasoline smells come in through the passengers window in front of me. Do these other tourist know what else is out there? Have they seen the true Guatemala?
My mind drifts off to the countryside. Simple days hiking from peak to peak, fresh air, stories by the fire, calling out buenas dia, and buenas tardes to the farmers as we silently walk pass their land. Getting to know the culture, livelihood (hands-on), seeing untouched nature, recognizing the struggles of Guatemalans, and observing their day to day life – what an enormous privilege it has been.
The simple things are truly the most rewarding.. How lucky to have seen it all.
My mind drifts back to the current moment, we hit a speed bump and my head hits the hood of the vehicle, I feel sticky sandwiched between two people in the back seat of a bus. Jotting down – somewhat legible – handwriting onto the blank pages of my journal. Then I glance around.. passengers are glued to their music playlist, or staring blankly out the window watching the world zoom on by.
Skip the highway and take the long way by hiking from Antigua to Lake Atitlan with Trek Guatemala
It’s called the Sky Route for a reason, set into a slower pace of life, high above the clouds, along a trail the Mayan have walked for centuries.
Take the road less traveled.
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