San Marcos, Lago Atitlán, Feb. 11

Our first weekend trip was to San Marcos at Lake Atitlan. 80 km distance should be plain sailing. Not here. After five hours and four different types of transport – ‘luxury’ bus-minibus-chicken bus-tuktuk, and only one flat tyre – we arrived in San Marcos.

The journey was definitely worth the effort: sunshine, amazing views, many pineapple shakes and even a Folk/Celtic/Irish gig.

For our way back we decided to take one of the few straight buses to Xela to avoid the ‘hassle’ on our previous journey. Well, that’s what we thought! The bus was supposed to pass through the village at 11.15. Almost two hours later we were still sitting at the junction waiting… Finally we got squeezed into a completely overcrowded chicken bus that was supposed to go at least some of our way.  To make matters worse, the overloaded bus collapsed shortly afterwards and new transport had to be organised in the middle of nowhere.

Well, covered in dust, five hours and six types of transport later we arrived back in Xela.

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