World Trip 2012-13: Day 104 – Río Dulce to Antigua, Guatemala

Tuesday 8 January 2013
Highlights: A dangerous waterfall, Birthday wishes

Again last night we had a lot of rain, it seems this must be the wet season. We upgraded our transportation for today’s trip to Antigua from public bus to private vehicle. This meant less travelling time and a stop off at a local waterfall to made the day more comfortable and enjoyable.

Due to the heavy rain over the last few days the waterfall we visited was really rushing down. Unfortunately this meant it wasn’t possible for us tourists to swim since Andrea still wanted us to stay alive. That didn’t stop some local boys further downstream trying their luck. One boy used old coke bottles as a floatation device.


Our driver Marco and Andrea made us a nice and healthily picnic lunch as we rested by the waterfall listening to the soothing water flow. On our way back to the van some of the locals were also doing there washing old style in the river.

From here we had a roughly 6.5 hour van ride to Antigua. We stopped a Guatemala City and in one spot could see the mass of houses all over very steep mountains. It would be a very big effort to walk to and from those houses everyday!

When we arrived at Antigua we found our hotel was not ready for us which was not taken well from those wanting showers after the past few days roughing it. Andrea made a good call to cancel our dinner tonight and letting everyone do their own thing and to recover.

During the trip I finished watching Homeland Season 1 that my sister Lana had upload to my Dropbox account. Excellent show and a good way to get though a long travel day (I watched the last 3 episodes) – thank you Lana. The rest of the travel time I used to review my time in Mexico before it become too distance a memory.

After finally checking into the hotel I logged into Facebook and I received a lot of birthday wishes. Modern technology can be very good at times. After a tiring day it was good to see so many friends from around the world that a few minutes to remember and wish me a happy birthday. A good way to finish the day.

Guatemala Photos (Facebook)

About Nathan

A World traveller who has so far experienced 71 countries (76 by June 2023) in this amazing world.
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